August 29, 2014

Very Vintage





Today on Colorways at LeslieStocker.com see how I painted this cute little vintage pine chair using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.

And while you are there, don't forget to sign up to win the fabulous vintage mirror in my Launch Giveaway. You still have time, but the contest closes Sunday at midnight. Winner will be announced on Labor Day!


Antibes Green is one of the most popular Chalk Paint Colors. For more ideas to use Antibes Green, see these posts you may have missed .  Old Table, New Look,  Custom Purple and Lime Green, and   Stack of Bowls

August 28, 2014

Guess Where





New post today on

Colorways @ LeslieStocker.com

and while you are there, remember to sign up for the giveaway (it ends this weekend)


August 26, 2014

Before and After







This is the before. For a new post and to see how I painted this vintage chest of drawers, head over to

Colorways at LeslieStocker.com 


If you love blue as I much as I do, check out my posts, Chinese Apothecary Cabinet where I use a combination of ASCP blues, Country Blue Wardrobe  and how to make a Denim Blue.

August 25, 2014

Follow Us





Follow us over to Colorways at lesliestocker.com for a new post and a chance to win a vintage mirror!


Arles can be a surprising complement to more Chalk Paint colors. See these posts you may have missed.  Scandinavian Pink over Arles,  Fall Colors, and Golden Yellow Chest


August 21, 2014

Chalk Paint Colors




New Post on Colorways @ LeslieStocker.com.  Head over to see who inspired this Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® color palette.

To see another finish inspired by Restoration Hardware see my post, Restoration Hardware FinishDark into Light, and Mirror Image

August 19, 2014

Pink in the Garden





Ways to add color in the garden. See how on today's post @  lesliestocker.com


I love to use Chalk Paint on outdoor projects. To see other ways to use Chalk Paint outside see my posts:  Weathered Zinc,  Patina and Verdigris,  and  Garden Bench

August 14, 2014

Colorways New Address



                           
Come over and see Colorways most popular, Viewed, Pinned, Shared, +1'd and Liked post since the beginning in January 2014 at our new Colorways website, address 




August 12, 2014

French Sideboard




 New post today on  Colorways at lesliestocker.com . See how to get this look with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® 


For more consoles and sideboards  see my posts Country Sideboard,  Country Console, and  At Your Service

August 10, 2014

August 7, 2014

On the Move





 Colorways is moving to www.lesliestocker.com

Inspired by Louis Vuitton



Years ago I came across a Louis Vuitton trunk for sale in an antique store in Versailles, Kentucky. Even though I knew it was a once in a lifetime, great find, it was still way over my budget and I went home without it. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to collect a few treasured pieces of Louis Vuitton although nothing as wonderful as that trunk. I marvel at the design and craftsmanship that go into all of their pieces, truly works of art.

My post today is inspired by Louis Vuitton and the colors of his signature collection. Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Arles, part of the Indian Inlay Stencil from Cutting Edge, I painted a repeating, and alternating geometric pattern on this dark oak cabinet.  I love how the color and pattern highlight and contrast the traditional style and dark wood. A simple technique with very pleasing results.

August 5, 2014

I'm Moving





Custom Purple and Lime Green




Inspiration today comes from This Old House and Pantone's color of the year, Radiant Orchid.  Benjamin Moore's Sweet Pea(base coat) and Autumn Purple(top coat) is layered over crackle medium to create a rich patina on this vintage kitchen island. If you prefer to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® you will need to do a little custom color mixing first. Using equal parts of English Yellow and Antibes Green  mixed together will create a custom lime green similar to BM Sweet Pea and used as the base coat. After it dries paint a layer of crackle medium carefully following directions on the label( there are several brands available). To make a Chalk Paint custom color purple for the top coat mix equal parts of Emperor's Silk and Napoleonic Blue. Painting this deep purple over the crackle medium allows fine cracks to develop, and the lime green base color to peek through. A great way to add a time-worn look to any piece of painted furniture.

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.

August 4, 2014

Old Table, New Look



With rare exceptions, all my projects are solo endeavors. My husband and two oldest sons have full time careers in fields unrelated to furniture, painting and color. My youngest son also spends much of the year away at college, and even when home in the summer, has a busy schedule. So when he offered to help me with some furniture, I happily accepted.

Having no experience with painting, I think he was surprised when he found himself with a paint brush in his hand and choosing the colors from the cans of Chalk Paint for this table. He chose Old White for the top and Antibes Green for the skirt and legs. Using the same brush, he went directly from the Old White to the Antibes Green which ended up giving the legs and skirt a soft layered look. Wow. Pretty amazing for a first timer (admittedly, I'm biased).  

So.. what do you think? Would you give it a thumbs up?


Antibes Green is one of the most popular Chalk Paint Colors. For more ideas to use Antibes Green, see these posts you may have missed .   Custom Purple and Lime Green, and   Stack of Bowls