Coco Chalk Paint® Kitchen Cabinet Testimonial

We love hearing from you and seeing your “before and after” photos, especially on projects that you call for help on!

Michele Melvin is a customer of ours who we recently helped.  She wanted to paint her kicthen cabinets.



So, we asked her to send us a photo of a kitchen that she loved the look of and that would be her inspiration photo.  She wanted to use Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan but neither Coco or French Linen were exactly right, just on their own.  So, that is when the customer service at The Purple Painted Lady kicked it up a notch!


We sent her a couple recipe options for her to consider.

Ultimately, Michele chose to go with just Coco and then a slight Pure White wash over it.  (not sure how to do a “wash”?  Just read this post HERE.)   Doing a wash was a brilliant idea- since it is very simple but yet, makes a big impact!  (And…it does not require a huge amount of Chalk Paint® since you are mixing it with water to thin it.)

Her cabinets turned out amazing!

We love her finished kitchen!!!!

Don’t be afraid to take on a project like this.  It is so much easier than you think and we will be here to help and coach you! 


Annie Sloan sells her Chalk Paint® in over 60 countries. At the end of 2018 and into early 2019, in order to get us in line with all of her other countries and her pigments, she took back manufacturing and distribution for Canada and the USA. We were the only countries that had some slight differences in pigments and packaging. Below is a photo showing sample boards of Coco painted from the retired Quart packaging to the now, 2019 and after Litre packaging. NOTE that due to the Global Transitioning of paint- this color has changed!  Coco in a litre is a lighter shade than the color that was in the quart. The quart packaging is now retired. Annie says, “Coco  is the sophisticated side of neutral.” Trish shares It is more like a latte…similar to Annie’s color French Linen. But Coco  is more brown or chocolatey versus French Linen – who has a bit of grey. I love Coco  paired with Old White and Antoinette. Yum…that makes me think of Neapolitan ice cream! Here is a photo comparing in case you want to see the difference. If you are going back to work in a project you started earlier this year or prior to 2019…..make sure to talk to your local Stockist…..or, if you purchase from us~ stop in or text us questions prior to purchasing. We want you to be confident in your color choices …especially if you don’t have a local store to go to. See our video on the shift in color HERE.

Below are a couple links to two (very detailed) videos we created for the person who really wants to understand the nuts and bolts of how to approach a DIY project like this.  Meaning, what tools you will need, the steps required and then…..demos on how to transform a cabinet.  Basically, instead of charging you money to take a class with us, we brought it into your home, for free!   

VIDEO #1 Kitchen Cabinet Best Tools, Prep and Paint

VIDEO #2 Kitchen Cabinet Waxing



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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