Mixing Chalk Paint® Colors to Make “Purples”

Pantone’s color of 2018 is called Ultra Violet!  We decided to play with some different Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan colors to create different shades of violet or purples.  See the results below or Check out this YouTube video on The Purple Painted Lady Channel by Courtney and Trish at The PURPLE Painted Lady mixing up various violets and shades of purple.

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Napoleonic Blue mixed one to one with Emperor’s Silk, Burgundy and Primer Red Chalk Paint Colors.







Aubusson Blue mixed one to one with Emperor’s SilkBurgundy and Primer Red Chalk Paint Colors.









Louis Blue mixed one to one with Emperor’s SilkBurgundy and Primer Red Chalk Paint Colors. (Note the beautiful shade of an “orchid”color by mixing Louis Blue and Burgundy one to one (equal parts of each.)









Giverny mixed one to one with Emperor’s SilkBurgundy and Primer Red Chalk Paint Colors.









Greek Blue mixed one to one with Emperor’s SilkBurgundy and Primer Red Chalk Paint Colors.









Florence mixed one to one with Emperor’s SilkBurgundy and Primer Red Chalk Paint Colors.










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Emperor’s Silk and Dark Wax Buffet

When cleaning out a storage space in our Macedon store, we found an old buffet that had been neglected and was in desperate need of refinishing!

Previously it had just been used for storage, in the sense that things were stored in the drawers, forgotten about, and never seen again…we all have pieces like that. 

The first thing we did to this piece was clean it with Mineral Spirits, then we gave it a fresh water rinse (as you should before painting any piece).

With the holidays approaching, we were feeling festive, so we began painting the piece with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in the color Emperor’s Silk – a bright, fun red, reminiscent of holly berries used for Christmas decorating! 

Primer red Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Antoinette Emperor Silk Close up Chalk PaintThe Purple Painted Lady Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint Annie Sloan Black White Wax

The whole piece got 2 coats of Emperor’s Silk – everywhere except the top, that is. The top of the piece was left unpainted and would eventually be stained with General Finishes Gel Stain in the color Java.  





Unlike the CHALK PAINT, the stains require a bit of prep-work (other than just cleaning). In order to achieve a finish that is true to the intended color on the quart, you have to sand the piece down to raw wood (we love using Annie Sloan’s reusable Sanding Pads for this). If you stain right over the existing finish, the color will be altered.

When applying the gel stain, you brush the stain on liberally (I like to use a foam brush) and then wipe of the excess with any kind of lint free rag…Scott’s Shop Towels work great! On this piece we chose to do the entire surface at once, rather than breaking it up into sections since it isn’t an overwhelmingly large piece. 


Meanwhile, the rest of the piece that was painted was sealed in Clear Wax, then we added Dark Wax to give the Emperor’s Silk a nice, rich tone. 



Sometimes using Dark Wax can be intimidating, so if you’re feeling apprehensive, read our post that gives some tips and tricks for using Dark Wax HERE.

So what do you think of our festive transformation?


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Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® – Tell me all about it! (and Annie’s other reds)

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint® ~ “Emperor’s Silk

Emperors Silk The Purple Painted Lady All you Want to Know

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Emperor Silk Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

If you order paint on-line, it can be a bit intimidating since colors may look differently on your monitor (especially depending on the quality of it.)

When it comes to Annie’s “reds” – I think there is enough of a contrast that it is pretty easy to understand and see the difference of them on-line. And typically – the photos you see are true representations of the color. But still- depending on the amount of light shining on a piece when a photo was taken – or filters used on a lens, it will influence how the color appears. So, when purchasing paint on-line- always look at a few examples of it (just google the color name) and also, feel free to contact The Purple Painted Lady and ask questions prior to buying.

Primer red Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Antoinette Emperor Silk Scandinavian Pink Chalk Paint 2

With that said- today we are featuring Emperor’s Silk! This is a bright red! Similar to the color of a Coca Cola can. Annie likes to say this bright pure red is like the red silk lining of a jacket, because of the way it looks. We love it used as an interior of a cupboard or drawer. It is the red -almost like a summer ripened tomato. Absolutely stunning. Add dark wax and you have a jaw dropping piece!
Primer red Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Antoinette Emperor Silk Close up Chalk Paint

Since it is a primary color- it is a wonderful addition to your “painting pantry” because of all you can create when mixing it with other Chalk Paint® colors:

Coral color: Mix equal amounts of Pure White & Emperor’s Silk and half amount of Scandinavian Pink for a pretty pink. Then to achieve coral add equal amounts of Barcelona Orange.

Coral recipe option 2 arles

Coral Color Recipe

Baby Pink color: Mix a few drops of Emperor’s Silk into Old White or Pure White

Pink Chalk Paint hues From The Purple painted Lady Emperors Silk Old white

Berry color: Equal amounts Emperor’s Silk and Emile

Dark Purple color: Mix equal amounts of Emperor’s Silk with Napoleonic Blue

Periwinkle progression 4

It is a great red if painting a Union Jack too!

Annie Sloan Union Jack Full Shot

Annie sloan Union Jack Armoire Corner with Gilding

Inside of store 77 west main street Union Jack suitcases

Now- another Chalk Paint® “red” color is Burgundy!

In October, 2014, Annie Sloan introduced this color to her palette of Chalk Paint® ~ …..it is …..Burgundy.

Burgundy color change The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

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The Purple Painted Lady has found Burgundy to be interesting, in that the color appears to be like a bright berry color when wet, but once dry, it deepens and is a significantly richer color. Check out the difference between the paint stick and the paint lid shown above.

We love this paired with both the clear and dark wax, but using dark wax deepens the color even more.

The images below shows it sandwiched between Emperor’s Silk and Primer Red as to understand the difference between them. Annie Sloan defines this color as a rich deep warm red the color of dark cherries. Most of Annie’s colors are 18th and 20th century inspired but this one comes from the 19th century when the discovery of Alizarin Crimson made this color possible for the first time to a large number of people.

Burgundy Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Chalk Paint

Burgundy is a wonderful color to try mixing with others you may already have. Make a deep purple by mixing Burgundy with Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. On the left of the image, can you see how the Burgundy dries darker and deeper compared to when it is wet?

Burgundy picmonkey Napoleonic Blue Custom blend recipe The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Purple




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