November 26, 2014

Gold and Grey




Inspiration today comes from Ralph Lauren Home on Pinterest.  One of may favorite color combinations is............

For more warm and cool color palettes see my posts,  Country Console,    French Sideboard (also from Ralph Lauren Home),  and  Something Blue

November 24, 2014

Strong, Dark & Handsome





Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint comes in three colors that I consider strong and dark; Typewriter, Curio, and Artissimo...... Read More...


Trying to choose a color from a small printed swatch can be frustrating. I keep notebooks and journals of my projects and have compiled them into swatch books to share with everyone who loves to paint. To see all the colors of Miss Mustard Seed, check out these posts you may have missed.  MMS Milk Paint Color Swatch Book I  and  MMS Color Swatches II.

November 23, 2014

Winner Efex Holiday Giveaway




Thank you to everyone who entered. Colorways will be having more exciting giveaways in December so stay tuned.
Believe it or not I don’t paint everything with Chalk Paint or Milk Paint. If you are wanting to try something different see my posts, Efex Picture Frame,  DIY Sunburst Mirror,  and Sunburst Mirror 2. 
You can also check out my Pinterest Board,  I Made This, to see more of my DIY projects.

November 22, 2014

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Color Swatch Book II





Wooden eggs hand painted with the 18 colors of  MMS Milk Paint and photographed. Swatches taken from hand painted samples............ Read more 




November 21, 2014

Sparkle Your Holiday Decor



Efex Ornaments 1


Just a quick reminder....this is the last day you can sign up for the Efex™ Holiday Giveway.  Sign up here to win a fabulous selection of furniture appliqués and create your own holiday ornaments.

Efex ornaments 2

Not only was it easy but it was fun to create my own Christmas tree decorations.  My post,  DIY  Efex™Holiday Ornaments, shows exactly how I did it.

We all need a little sparkle in our lives, not just during the Holidays. If you are looking for DIY’s to add some serious glam to your decor, check out my posts,  DIY Sunburst Mirror,   Chinoiserie Cabinet DIY Mirror Follow-up,  and Easy Picture Frame Upgrade

November 20, 2014

Behind the Scenes Part I




Last night we filmed six new instructional videos that will be up on the blog in the next few weeks. I thought I would share a few behind the scenes photos. Here is how we set up the shoot...........

November 19, 2014

Video: Creating Custom Color Formulas with Chalk Paint





Do you know how to create custom color formulas with Chalk Paint? Today on Colorways a new video demonstrates the process.  Click on link below to view.

November 18, 2014

Master Bath Vanity Upgrade





Last year we made some upgrades to our master bath that included a....... Read More


If you are interested in other changes I made to the master bath check out these posts,  In the Looking Glass, Upholstered Bench, and Walnut Cabinet

November 17, 2014

DIY Efex Holiday Ornaments



 
Efex Holiday Ornaments
 
One of my favorite activities of the holidays is making Christmas tree ornaments.  When my children were small it started with construction paper chains, (which I still have), to painting holiday wood shapes, stringing beads, and painting glass ornaments. Although I am more or less on my own these days making ornaments, I still like to create something new for our tree.

Efex™ reached out to me this year and I loved the idea of turning their furniture appliqués into ornaments. Here's  how I did it.
 
Before After Ornaments

Choosing several of their designs, I used my favorite gold spray paint, Rustoleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish.   After they were dry,  I pulled out my Krylon Silver metallic pen and painted accents. Of course you could use other holiday paints and colors, but I love the sparkle of gold and silver on a tree. One of the best things about the Efex™ ornaments is that they are unbreakable. (I don't even want to count the number of glass balls I've lost over the years). And although I don't have little ones running around the tree anymore, I do have my sweet, always excited, golden retriever, Mollie, to keep in mind when trimming the tree.

I used ornament hooks but you could also use string or decorative ribbon attached with Contact Cement.  A  fun, fast, easy and safe, holiday craft for your family. Decorate your tree and enjoy!

Colorways and Efex are partnering for a Holiday Giveaway. Sign up here  to win your  Efex Appliques and  create your own ornaments.

Holiday ornaments can take up a lot of storage space. I store mine in this beautiful cabinet. For more storage ideas see my posts, Colorful Storage,  Flea Market Find,  and   Take One Stepback

November 14, 2014

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Color Stories-White




Ironstone, Grain Sack, and Linen are the three colors I consider to be in the...............Read more at



Paint color can be so confusing sometimes. There are many color studies, color cards, custom color recipes and swatch books on Colorways. You can find them by clicking on the Tools tab and the Color Palette. For mixing colors see my posts, ASCP Custom Color Greens,  Mixing for Green,  Mixing for Purple,   and  Mixing for Orange

Efex Holiday Tree Upgrade Giveaway




Colorways and Efex Furniture Appliques are partnering to bring you this exciting holiday-themed contest and giveaway featuring a package of nine fun rosettes from Efex, a perfect project to spruce up your spruce (or fake tree)! It really is a fun way to add new decorations to your holiday tree - just paint, gild and hang. Package includes: 3 R5 Cherubs, 3 R78 Roman Shells, 3 CC1 Sea Shells and 1 Kings Gold Gilding Wax - total value $132!

You may remember seeing some Efex on my blog as I've tried out several of their amazing products and have been sharing a few of my ideas and projects. Check out these posts you may have missed, Efex Picture Frame,  Efex Chinoiserie Cabinet,  and Efex Architectural Frieze

Be sure to enter on Colorways at LeslieStocker.com

The Contest closes on November 21 and the winner will be announced the next day. Good luck, and who knows, you just might win.


November 13, 2014

Boxwood




I love making my own swatch cards and...............Read More on


I love making my own swatch cards and color books from previous projects. For some of my other color palettes see my posts,  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Color Wheel,   Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Color Studies, and  What? Another Paint Chart?

November 12, 2014

Typewriter..The New Black






No matter what color your room, a splash of black will add sophistication to your decor. If you have a statement piece you are considering painting black, see these posts where it was the featured color,  Another Sunburst Mirror,  Graphite…The New Black,  and Project #232-Mahogany Buffet


November 10, 2014

Tricycle Red






Every room needs a pop of red. For more ideas of ways to use red in your home, see these posts you may have missed.  Stars and Bars,  Pop of Red,  and  Colorful Storage.


November 9, 2014

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November 6, 2014

BHG Blues





Read the complete post on Colorways at LeslieStocker.com


You can use several different color paints to achieve similar results. Here are some other ways to combine blues: Layering MMS Milk Paint,  Chinese Apothecary Cabinet,  and  Napoleonic Blue and Graphite


November 3, 2014

Dried Lavender





Read the complete post on Colorways at LeslieStocker.com


Small stools can serve many functions around the house and I have collected several. If you missed these before, check out my posts,  Shamrock Step Stool,  Two Steps, and  Little Step.


November 2, 2014

Layering MMS Milk Paint





Read the complete post on  Colorways at LeslieStocker.com


Blue is my favorite color and I have a Board on Pinterest for inspiration called Blue-tiful. But probably my most popular Pinterest Boards are ASCP-Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.
For more blue combinations see my posts, Chinese Apothecary Cabinet,  Little Step Stool,  and  A Denim Blue  (very similar to this post, MMS Milk Paint French Enamel over Flow Blue).