Mixing Chalk Paint® Colors

Annie Sloan created beautiful colors for her Chalk Paint® pallette- however, as of 2018- there are only 36 colors.  Perhaps – you are looking for a purple?  Or a teal?  Or a coral!  This is when mixing colors comes into play!

You can create almost any by mixing some of Annie’s together…again, almost any color can be made!  The Purple Painted Lady’s Color Mixing Tool  on our website is a great way to experiment with color mixing.  It will at least give you a direction to head in to achieve a certain color.  Keep in mind- your monitor may skew the color a bit so being to play with Chalk Paint® at a local stockist’s shop is always best…but if you do not have anyone around- this is the next great way to experiement so when you finally invest and purchase your paint…you do it intelligently and not waste money by buying a color you do not need.

POST YOUR CUSTOM COLORS:

Speaking of custom colors- if you create a custom color and post it on social media use the hastag #TPPLchalkpaintmixer and we may showcase it and send you a free gift in the mail! 

PINTEREST CUSTOM COLOR BOARD:

HERE is a quick link to our Pinterest board showing some different recipes to try.

WRITE DOWN YOUR RECIPE…ALWAYS!:

If you create a custom color for yourself or, if you paint for customers.  Always make a paint swatch on a piece of paper and write down details.  Like the date you created it, and the actual recipe.  Please trust me on this…..just write it down and save that note in your painting tool box!

UNIT OF MEASURE?:

When we post a recipe and say the recipe is a ratio of 2 “parts” of this color to one “part” of that color…… the unit of measure id determined by HOW MUCH paint you need to make. What is important- is that what ever you define as the “part” meaning tablespoon…or a 1/2 cup measuring container- is that you are consistent through all of your mixing.

So….let’s think about it. If you are painting your kitchen cabinets – than the unit of measure should be in cups.

If you are painting a dining chair…I would consider using “1/8 of a cup” as my unit of measure.

So….for example…..if I wanted to paint my chair in 2 parts of Old White and 1 part Napoleonic Blue. The “part” would mean I would be using “1/8th” of a cup. So- I would fill the 1/8th measuring cup TWICE for the Old White and ONCE for the Napoleonic Blue.

If I was painting a kitchen island- the “part” would be in cups, So, I would fill the measuring cup TWICE with Old White and then ONCE with Napoleonic Blue.

Does this make sense?

Spring is in the Air!

Are you like me, biting at the bit for any possible sign that winter is over?   It seems relevant since daylight savings in the north east started today and that is when we “spring” the clock forward.  So, Mother Nature knows that is when warmer weather, tulips and baby birds should also be here, right?  

Well, while cruising the wonderful world wide web I found this adoreable garden sign completed by the Elegant Nest located in the UK.  Laura is the designer behind this great project!  Check out Laura’s Facebook page HERE.

So, this is the gorgeous Garden sign created using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

Personally, I would achieve a similar look using the following products for your vintage GARDEN sign.

MATERIAL LIST: (note links are to quarts or larger sizes of wax, BUT sample pot sizes would absolutely be more than enough for this project!!!)

Olive Chalk Paint®

Old White Chalk Paint®

Graphite Chalk Paint®

Clear Wax

Dark Wax

Annie Sloan Sanding Sponges

Assortment of Brushes

Weathered piece of Barn Wood or a random piece of tongue and groove flooring

Note: Laura used the Algerian Font to create the lettering for this sign

SUGGESTIONS for steps to take using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan:

Prepare Wood:

If I was to try and create something similar, first find your piece of wood. If you have access to barn wood, that is the best.  Just be careful to not get a sliver if the wood is dry and brittle when distressing or waxing.  If you pick up a piece of tongue & groove flooring from your local hardware store, feel free to take a hammer or metal chain to it prior to painting to give it some “aged” character.  Bang it up and add some indentations.  Even a pointed object hammered into the wood creating a cluster of worm holes will make your finished sign look more authentic once the distressing and wax applications are complete.

Paint:

Step 1. Using your Olive Chalk Paint® (or Amsterdam Green)… pour a small amount of paint (like a teaspoon worth of paint or two) in a small container.  I would then add 1/2 teaspoon of water to the Chalk Paint® and mix it in to thin the paint.  The dgree of how thin you make the paint is based on the degree of translucency you want.  If you want the “green” to be like a stain or a wash, add a little more water.  I would not go more than a one to one ratio of paint to water though.  Paint your entire board.  If looking for more of a washed effect, wipe off some of the excess paint from the surface.

Let your “green” base coat dry completely.

Stencil:

Now, determine your layout for the “GARDEN” letters.  If you have a stencil maker, like a Silhouette machine or Cricuit ~ create your letters.  Laura, from the Elegant Nest suggested to use the Algerian Font.    I love how her letters turned out – so I ageee!

If you do not have access to a machine to create your stencil, no worries.  Do it the old fashion…and reliable way!   Using your favorite word processing software, print the letters out onto paper using your basic printer.  Create your “stencil” by cutting the letters out with a scissors.  Lay the letters on your wood to get the right spacing.   Then, using a piece of chalk or white colored pencil – begin sketching/tracing around the letters over your green paint. 

Paint Letters:

Once your layout is complete, grab an artist brush and paint in the letters using your Old White Chalk Paint®Do not worry if you build up the paint or have texture from your brush strokes.  In fact, brush strokes are good!   We plan on sanding over this later and it will only add more character to your sign!

Paint Shading of Letters:

Once the Old White Chalk Paint®  is dry, to create some vintage magic using Graphite Chalk Paint® and another fine point artist brush – do an outline on one one side of the letters like Laura did.  Note how Laura, of the Elegant Nest applied the  Graphite Chalk Paint® to “one” side.  Meaning, do NOT outline the entire letter.  But use the Graphite Chalk Paint® on only the right side of the outline of each letter which will create that vintage illusion of shadowing.

Distressing:

Once the Graphite Chalk Paint® has dried, take your blue Annie Sloan Sanding Sponges which is the course grit, and begin to distress your “vintage sign.”  Personally, I would distress it in a linear fashion in the same direction of the grain of the wood.  Once done, blow off any residual dust outside.

Waxing:

Clear Wax:

To finish your sign and to seal the paint, first apply a uniform, thin coat of Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax.  Follow the instructions we give you for applying wax- so you apply it and then – wipe off the excess immediately.

Dark Wax:

To  finish your sign and to add that “aged” effect, finalize your sign using Annie Sloan’s Dark WaxAgain, follow the instructions we give you for applying wax- so you apply it and then – wipe off the excess immediately.

Hooks:

Pick up some decorative hooks or cute knobs to mount on either side to hang your garden tools from.  Hobby Lobby has a great assortment and they are like, 50% off every other week.  

And voila!  Your vintage GARDEN plaque is complete.

You should really check out Lauren’s Facebook page for other inspirational project ideas!

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OR

CENTER OF ROCHESTER  Village Gate ~ 274 Goodman Street North in Rochester, NY 14607  OPEN Mon – Wed 1-6, Fri & Sat 1–8 …CLOSED THURS & SUN

SYRACUSE   1 West Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, NY 13027   OPEN Tues – Sat 11-5 …CLOSED MONDAY & SUNDAY

If you live out of NY state, if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  
 
This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them!!!   The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!  
 
But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
 
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  
 
SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
 
*  We love our customers and it shows!
*  We want you to be succesful the first time you use this product, so you fall in love with Chalk Paint® and tell all your friends about it!  So, with that said, we promise to provide you with all the “know how” information you need to be a DIY Warrior!
*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.  (THIS IS DIFFERENT than SAME DAY DELIVERY. We do not offer that)
*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
 
 
 
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

 

 

 

 

Creating “Greige” Colors using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Many bloggers state, “Greige Could be the Best Neutral Color Ever”   So, if you follow us on our Facebook LIVE videos (which are saved on our Facebook page for you to watxh anytime you want)…..then you saw Courtney and Trish playing around with some Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan color combinations to create “beige’s.”

Please feel free to save these to your Pinterest boards!!!!

When we mix colors and we say “mix one part of “X” to two parts of “Y”  The “part” references to a unit of measure.  That unit of measure is dependent on the size of your project.  So, for example, it could be one tablespoon Coco and one tablespoon French Linen.  OR, it could mean – one cup Coco and one cup French Linen.  Just keep the unit of easure of your choice…consistent!

Here are the results:

Coco and French Linen mixed with equal parts (meaning one to one)

 

Coco  and Graphite mixed two parts of Coco and one part Graphite:

 

Four parts Coco  to One part Graphite

 

Three parts Country Grey to One part French Linen

Old Ochre, Old White and French Linen– equal parts of all of them mixed together:

 

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  
 
This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them!!!   The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!  
 
But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
 
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  
 
SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
 
*  We love our customers and it shows!
*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.  (THIS IS DIFFERENT than SAME DAY DELIVERY. We do not offer that)
*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
 
 
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

Lem Lem – YES! We have it in stock!

Ooh….we are so excited about Lem Lem’s October 12th, 2017 debut.  Lem Lem is the newest Annie Sloan Paint color!!!!!   BUT ….not only is it pretty- BUT because Annie Sloan has committed that a dollar from every sale will go to OxFam….  Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Our mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions.

We would describe Lem Lem as a light lime green, a spring green, or a toned down Granny Smith Apple green.  

It is fresh!

Annie Sloan describes Lem Lem as, “A soft, warm green, inspired by fields of alliums that Annie saw in Ethiopia, grown by women farmers who are supported by Oxfam’s Ethiopian Seed Project. This limited edition colour is great for creating a retro 50’s look, and works well as part of a vintage floral style. Every pot of Lem Lem sold will raise vital funds for Oxfam, helping people beat poverty worldwide.”

 

The Purple Painted Lady® will have it available in stores and on-line starting on Thursday, October 12th.    The on-line option is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them. The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!   But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.  Besides you will not have to wait the shipping time!

the Annie Sloan community is here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  
 
But here are SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
 
*  We love our customers and it shows!
*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.  (THIS IS DIFFERENT than SAME DAY DELIVERY. We do not offer that)
*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
 
 
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

 

A Special Christmas Gift~ From an Old Dresser…to a Doll House (Henrietta Chalk Paint®)

The best type of gifts are those that come from the heart.  And this one is very special and for some very special girls!

Look what our customer Sophia transformed ……an old wood dresser into something magical for her nieces.  This is a super cool, one of a kind doll house!

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sophia-g-unfinished-dresser-the-purple-painted-ladySophia said it was a lot of work but she had so much fun doing this project and the reaction on her nieces faces was priceless!

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CLEAN:   First- the dresser required a real good cleaner.  The Purple Painted Lady always recommends to clean your piece with Mineral Spirits, and then give it a fresh water The Purple Painted Lady Mineral spiritsrinse. In this case- you may want to shopvac out the drawer cavities also.

 

 

 

PAINT:   The CHALK PAINT colors Sophia used  on the dresser  were Henrietta, Old White with a 1 to 4 mix of the two.

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This color chart will give you an idea of the different hues you can create when mixing Old White with Henrietta in different ratios:

 

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TOP COAT:  Sophia used Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax and some King Gold GIlding Wax to finish. 

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Sophia used General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut for the floors.

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Sophie wrote us, “I wish I were  a little girl again ! ?”

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Do you have a project like Sophia that you need help or have questions about? Stop by one of our locations, call us or even email us! We would love to help you with your project!

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Photo of 77 west Main Street shop store front photo

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OPEN Mon – Wed 10– 4, Thurs 11–7, Fri 10 –5 & Sat 10-4.…CLOSED SUNDAY

OR

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Village Gate Outside The Purple Painted Lady

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OR

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OPEN Thurs – Sunday 11–6 ……CLOSED MON, TUES, WEDNESDAY

OR

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