Using Chalk Paint® as a “Stain”

The Purple Painted Lady has a very dear friend named Michael.  Michael and Trish have never met in person, but through the magic of the internet and their shared love for painting and creating- they found one another.

Michael has an amazing business called Lizzie White Vintage Chic.  He named his business after his very special grandmother.

He will often tell people, “No, I am not Lizzie White! I got my business name from my grandmother, who’s name was Elizabeth White Herrmann. I also got any bit of talent I may have from her, and my grandfather, Robert, or as I called him, “Pop Pop”!The best grandparents a kid could ever have! Lizzie taught me about antiques, furniture, sewing, cooking, interior design, mixing color and pattern – she had such style! Pop Pop taught me how to restore and finish antiques, how to paint, build things, work in the garden, and so much more! I learned all of these wonderful things as a child, and they have stayed with me all of my life!”

Now, isn’t that the sweetest thing you have ever heard?!   If you are on Facebook click HERE to visit his page- you will not be disappointed that you did!

Lizzie White Vintage Chic is constantly pushing the envelope and creating, one of a kind pieces.

Check out this table’s “before & after” using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

The Purple Painted Lady Lizzie White Vintage Chic Before and after




















Michael created this unique piece by:

1. First he stripped the top since he wanted the wood grain to show through.  He felt the mahogany was just too dark for the look he was going for.

2. So, as he calls it, he “stained” the top using Old Ochre Chalk Paint®.  Old Ochre is the color of bleached muslin.  He thinned it with water and then brushed it on, and then immediately- wiped it with a damp sea sponge to get uiformity.

Old Ochre Sample Board - Copy

3. Next, he drew on the artwork for the center of the table.  He used a #2 pencil…(naughty Michael!) …because if you ask The Purple Painted Lady – she will recommend using a water color pencil , just to be safe so the lead in the pencil does not smudge into lighter color paints.  In Michael’s case- he was fine since he outlined it in a dark color.

WATERCOLOR PENCILS  Annie Sloan CoCo and Old White vintage sign tutorial

4.  Then, Michael painted the starburst using the colors Graphite and Old White and a dash of Provence.  Graphite is the color of dark slate.  It has a depth to it and it is a ‘
“cool” slate grey/charcoal color.  It can sometimes reflect a blueish hue.  And well, Old White is the quintessential color.  We believe it is the most popular colors in Annie Sloan’s pallette!  It is a soft white that has a ver, very light touch of yellow to it.

The Purple Painted Lady Graphite Chalk Paint open lid

Old White Sample Board

Once the painting was done and all of it was dry, Michael sanded the top using 320 grit sandpaper.

He finished the table with two coats of Annie’s Clear Wax.  A day or so later- he buffed the whole table top.

The Purple Painted Lizzie white vintage chic 1

We really love the pieces that Lizzie White Vintage Chic creates.  Check out their Facebook page.  Show Michael some love by liking his page and let him know, The Purple Painted Lady sent you.  I think you will be impressed with his originality!


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