March 31, 2014

A Bright Spot in Your Day


Count on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yellow to add sunshine and warmth to your room. The Country Grey and Cream accents, with Pure White highlights,  are a refreshing combination with an English Yellow base. Simple and easy.




March 29, 2014

Console Table

A little Chalk Paint inspiration for your Saturday.....If you are looking for ideas for your console you can see more posts here

March 28, 2014

Lovely Lavender



This sweet Armoire was painted for a little girl's room. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the colors shown on the image, layering but also mixing Emile and Henrietta to make a custom Lavender.The inside is painted white, but I forgot to snap a photo. Some of my favorite projects are those I do for childrens' rooms and this one was especially fun.

Lavender is a soothing accent color. For more ways to add lavender to your decor see my posts,    Lavender in Provence and  Modern Gustavian by Wisteria

March 27, 2014

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Green Custom Color Swatches





Here is a new page in my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Color Swatch Book. It combines the color cards  for the additional green colors you can mix, by using Antibes Green + English Yellow, Antibes Green+ Arles and Florence + English Yellow, and Florence + Arles. It also shows the results when these new custom colors are blended with varying amounts of Pure White to make tints.

I physically mixed these colors and scanned them into my computer from my project and color journals. The colors are accurate, as much as they can be. Remember, however, actual paint samples look different than those on a computer display. The names for these additional green colors are mine and not official Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors, although I did use ASCP to create them.  The numbers on each color card represent the equal proportion of each color to the other.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 


   Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®  You can find more color studies by clicking on the Tools tab or referring to my posts ASCP Colors + Tints  and  ASCP Colors + Shades.







March 26, 2014

Pine Ombre Cabinet


This pine cabinet is for toy storage in a children's playroom. It was purposefully painted to have a very distressed, chippy finish, with a fun ombre color effect. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is definitely the way to go on a piece that will have heavy use, wear and tear.  It is also a great example of expanding your range of green.



I have a few more green color studies to share These focus on mixing Florence with English Yellow, and Florence with Arles.

                                   




 It is helpful to have a comparison of the difference of green when using English Yellow as opposed to Arles. There is a typo in the last sample card. The correct proportion should read 1 part Florence to 2 parts English Yellow.




March 25, 2014

Red, White and Greek Blue


Heavy distressing in combination with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors above, will result in a finish like the one on this pine cabinet.

March 24, 2014

Primitive FarmHouse Table



Farmhouse tables are very coveted items these days and the vintage ones especially. This is one of the projects I'm currently working on.




It needs some repair, splits, cracks, a loose leg, before any painting can begin. Here is another Farmhouse Table, that I may use as inspiration. I love that the top is left unpainted, while the apron and legs are a beautiful gray with violet undertones. Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I would layer Graphite, Old Violet, Paris Grey, and allow the Cream to peak through on the edges, and maybe as a wash on the top.


March 23, 2014

Custom Color /Green /Lime Green - 2


Yesterday I posted about expanding my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color range for green by mixing Antibes Green and English Yellow to make a brighter, lime green.





Today I want to share my results of mixing Antibes Green with Arles in 1:1, 1:2, and  2:1 proportions.




These variations remind me of the mossy green that develops on old terra cotta pots left in the elements.





Here are some more examples found on Pinterest of adding Lime Green to add a bold splash to your color palette.












And finally, although I did not paint this door, I could not resist adding an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color scheme to the image. A word of caution, use Lime Green carefully.  Too much can easily become overwhelming and if slightly "off" can be wincingly wrong.





March 22, 2014

Color Studies/Green/Lime Green


 I 've been working on some color studies lately to expand my range of greens. One of my clients is wanting a lime green for a project, similar to the green in the photo above. A strong and powerful pop of color.  More on the actual project later. For now I am working on establishing a sample of the range of green shown on the planters.



This is a theoretical representation of the range of Lime Greens I'm looking for. My next step will be to try mixing actual paint samples to make this green.


These color cards show the results of mixing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Antibes Green and English Yellow in varying proportions, 1:1, 2:1, and 1:2. I like to keep a record when I mix colors so I can refer to them on later projects.  Next I will mix Antibes Green with Arles for a comparison and sharing those tomorrow.


Mixing standard colors in different amounts and combinations is a great way to create a diverse and unique color palette. To see some the custom colors you can make from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, see my posts, Mixing for Green, Mixing for Purple, and Mixing for Orange.

March 21, 2014

You Make Me Blush


I love this rosey blend of pinks, not too juvenile, not too sophisticated. Knowing that it is not one solid color, but a mix of a few is the most important part in recreating this finish. It reminds me of a watercolor painting, the way the shades blend and separate. The easiest way to get this look is to use the four colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and create layers. But you could also cheat a bit if you didn't have all these colors, by mixing different strengths of Primer Red and Old White and layering the tints. 




March 20, 2014

Easter Basket

Yes, you can even use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to dye and paint Easter Eggs.

March 19, 2014

First Signs of Spring

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors can be layered and blended for a subtle green with a hint of blue.

March 18, 2014

Why Not Just White?


Why use so many colors to paint a white chair? In order to create a finish that looks like ones you see on antiques and vintage furniture, you must create a depth and texture that extremely hard with one color of paint. If you look closely at the chair above you will see several colors that contribute to a white washed, bleached looking finish. It looks like it has been hand painted many times and over the years and through use and age the paint has been worn off in various areas. Its lack of uniformity and imperfectness give it character. Combining various shades and tints in layers allows you to create a vintage looking finish.

Sometimes painting white can be more complicated than a bold color. To see more ideas for white, click on my posts, Country Sideboard, At Your Service and Swedish Country Style.

March 17, 2014

Shamrock Step Stool

These old little step stools are easy to find for a few dollars and can be used in so many ways. My green one, shown above, is very primitive and delightfully imperfect. It has been used as a side table stacked with books, a tray, a foot stool, and a step to reach a higher shelf. It was pink when I found it. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, starting with a coat of Aubusson Blue, followed by some Florence. Antibes Green was mixed with Old White in various strengths for the top coat.

Here is another view:




I have had many questions about my "layering" technique.  I may do a post with step by step photos, but honestly, there are so many great tutorials already available on painting techniques.  Layering is just a word I  use to describe the process of painting on coats of different colors, to achieve depth and texture. It is the the finish that comes naturally on many vintage pieces and antiques.  I am trying to create that look of age and wear on pieces that may or may not be old. 

Before Annie Sloan Chalk Paint became available in the U.S., I used mostly oil-based paints, along with various stains,  dyes, glazes, shellacs, lacquers, and varnish. It works well, but it is labor intensive, takes a long time to dry, and you must use solvents. I have tried creating this, for lack of a better word, distressed finish, with latex and acrylics and was not satisfied with the results.  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has made it possible  create a vintage looking finish, easily, quickly, and on a variety of surfaces.

I will continue to detail and explain my process in later posts. You can also leave comments and questions in the comment section, or contact me by email. I will respond as quickly as I can. 
Thanks for reading and following,

Leslie
lesliest4@gmail.com


For more little stools and benches see these posts you may have missed:  On the Bench,  Upholstered Bench,  and  Pretty in Pink.


March 14, 2014

Wearing of the Green


This secretary is truly a mix of greens. A layering of neutrals on the exterior with a surprise minty green when the desk is open. The mint green finish can be created by layering Cream over Antibes Green, or mix the Antibes Green with a little Old White until it becomes a light tint. A little Cream on the edges and worn areas and the interior will look like the one above. In addition to using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, a little Gilding Wax on the details will give it a time worn patina.


March 13, 2014

Spring Forward

With the coming of spring, I start to think about ideas for my garden, planters and pots. Terra cotta pots are my favorite, but over the years I've collected several made of metal, composite, and plastic. One way to unify this hodgepodge  of materials, shapes and colors is by painting. I have used many different paints, including, latex, oil based,  and spray paints. With out a doubt my favorite is, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can make metal look like zinc,  and verdigris, plastic like concrete, and terra cotta, and new terra cotta look old. Below are some ideas for your planters and pots using Chalk Paint.



Light it Up

Even brass chandeliers can be given a new life with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. A coat of  Graphite will usually cover the brass ( I have never needed  a primer), followed by a quick coat of Coco, and Paris Grey. It is not necessary to completely cover each of the preceding  layers of paint. Purposefully  leaving gaps in the colors enhances the look of vintage patina.  Dry brushing Old White, and Pure White  on  selectively will highlight the raised portions.

March 11, 2014

Dark into Light

Sometimes you will find a vintage piece of furniture that has great structure and lines but the finish is very dark. It used to be a very long, messy and difficult process of stripping, sanding, bleaching and liming. Even then, the results could be disappointing.

Dark Walnut Finish

Here is one way to get that light, whitewashed, limed, Restoration Hardware look, that I used on my
old Stepback Cupboard shown in the above photo. Although Graphite is included, it was only used on the hardware to create a rustic zinc color and not on the wood. My first coat was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. French Linen and Coco were lightly brushed on in long strokes following the direction of the wood grain. It takes a little practice, but you can always add a little more of any of the colors to create the look of wood grain. After a coat of clear wax, you can also use the dark wax for a grain effect. Just remember to continue to brush in one direction. The old pulls were were painted with Graphite and Old White.

This is a very easy finish to create with Chalk Paint. I used French Linen and Coco because I like the depth created by adding additional colors.  But really you could easily create a similar look with just Old White and a second color, or Old White plus the clear and dark wax. 

Painting the inside is a matter of personal preference. In this cupboard I used Provence mixed with water, for a wash effect. 

March 10, 2014

Gustavian Secretaire

My latest project is painting a vintage mahogany secretary that is similar in construction to the beautiful one pictured above. My client has requested that I use this photo as inspiration for a finish of blues, greys, and white to create a Gustavian look for her piece.

Here is how I intend to duplicate this look. Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, my first coat will be Graphite. Next a light  coat of Louis Blue for the areas of blue. French Linen for the upper cabinet. After that is dry I will mix some old white in French Linen and lightly paint over areas previously painted top. I will also mix Louis Blue with Old White to make some areas lighter on the blue drawers and an even whiter/blue mix for the interior. The purpose of these additional layers is to create depth and texture. I usually go back after it is dry and add to certain areas, until I'm satisfied. I do very little sanding, preferring to add paint to lighten, darken, or modify color.

I've had several requests for more details about the painting process so I am including a brief explanation of my techniques. Some days more than others. Please let me know in the comment section or by email if you have additional questions.

Thanks for following and commenting,
Leslie

March 9, 2014

Not So Simple

I love these old vintage chests that show traces of former incarnations in their paint colors. You know at some point it had been solidly painted all of the colors above and probably more. Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in these colors and the tints shown below will create a similar finish. 

Usually I layer the colors, purposely leaving gaps, to create a look of wear. Another technique I use is to dip one side of my brush in one color and the other side in a different color.  Laying your paint on in this way results in areas where the colors are separate, but also where the paint mixes and becomes a third color, increasing depth and texture.

To match the colors on this piece you will have to play a bit combining Pure White, with the Greek Blue, the Henrietta, and the English Yellow in approximatly equal parts or  1:1. Being exact is not important, and you may end up with more or less white in your color combinations. If you don't have Pure White you can use Old White, although your tints will be slightly different. The character of a vintage piece is enhanced by these variations and imperfections.  Part of its charm is knowing it was painted by hand.