GIVE-A-WAY TIME! Hop over to our Facebook page HERE and join in ! Have you seen a piece done in a store or online and then, reproduced it using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan? If yes, share your inspiration and reproduction photos, and note the colors that you used here and whoever has the most LIKES by NOON Eastern time on Thursday, November 15th will win a Paintbrush Ornament! (sorry- you must be in the Continental USA)
Magazines, Pinterest, Mail Order Catalogs – heck, even furniture stores all can be inspiration to us. We see something and would like it in our home. Sometimes, we recreate it because the price tag on the actual piece is ridiculous, or maybe, we already own a piece that has similar bones but is just not the right color.
That happen with Anne who saw a post about a waterfall painted piece using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan online, shared from Architectural Digest.
It is a flat front dresser painted in a range of color mixing and highlighting using Barcelona Orange and Greek Blue in various blending amounts from the top to bottom of the dresser’s front. (On the Architectural Digest website page it is noted that the image was courtesy of Julia Duke at Susan Becher & Associates/Annie Sloan.)
Annie Sloan chose the name ‘Chalk Paint’ because it was suggestive of its very matte – almost chalky – finish. I like to say, Chalk Paint® is “Annie Sloan Paint” though.
Chalk Paint® ……..”Matte is the desert dryness of chamois leather and sand, the chalkiness of charcoal and powdery pastel drawings, of blackboard smudges and soot. It is the smooth, bleached surface of driftwood; the dry, unglazed texture of bisque pottery; the bare, flat finish of concrete; the rough graininess of sandstone.
A natural matte finish … looks as comfortable and mellow as an old armchair. Lacking any hint of shine or artifice, it has the reassuring quality of the completely natural. It has a velvety and sensual texture, like peach skin or blotting paper, that makes you want to touch it and hold it.
Matte finishes are absorbent, which means that light is soaked up rather than being bounced back, creating a restful, peaceful atmosphere. In white or pale colors, most things that are matte look dusty, powdery, and chalky, but when the colors are dark, they look as soft and rich as velvet. As matte finishes do not demand attention, they are unpretentious and low-key, which makes them perfect for a bedroom or a relaxing sitting room.”
– Annie Sloan, Modern Paint Effects, 2000
Wise Words from Annie! What is the best product to use to seal cabinetry that has been painted with Chalk Paint®? Annie Sloan responded, “although lacquer seems like it will protect and you can scrub it clean, once it breaks, that’s it! Whereas wax can be cleaned and rewaxed if necessary and lasts many, many years!”
The highest end craftsman made cabinetry have a hand rubbed wax finish. Trust the wax!
Want to know more about that great piece of furniture you just acquired for your home or shop?
Do you know which Louis you have by the leg?
I highly recommend adding “The Furniture Bible” by Christophe Pourny to your reference library. It’s a “must have” for identifying furniture!
Interested in making a teal using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan? If you are by one of our shops – you can always stop in and experiment mixing using our paint bar. Otherwise- another option is using our virtual color mixing tool that is on-line HERE. This software tool allows you to select up to three colors and specify different ratios to see a hypothetical mixture of what the mix outcome would like.
Otherwise, here are some “teal” color recipe ideas to get you started. Remember, Chalk Paint® is an artisan paint and Annie created it for you to use, to experiment with and to enjoy!
* Old Ochre and Florence make a nice Tiffany Blue- some of our customers call that teal.
* 3 parts Aubusson Blue and 1 part Antibes Green. (but we encourage you to play with various amounts because the created colors are beautiful)
Once you create your customer color – you can then lighten it using Pure White
Celeste Blemenauer – an Annie Sloan Stockist at her shop, Catfish Studios
Mixed Aubusson Blue
with a hefty touch of Antibes Green
to create a Teal on the hutch below to make a shade that everyone has loved.