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



Dining Room Transformation

Do you have an old dining room suite that you don’t like? Check out below what our customer Julee Sarno did with her Pure White Chalk Paint​® by Annie Sloan and a set she inherited from the previous home owners!

The Purple Painted Lady really LOVES this dining room transformation that took Julee’s space from a little dated – to totally fresh and current! Julee is a one of our wonderful customer’s who wrote us to share the details of her project.
Julee Sarno Raw Hutch The Purple Painted Lady

Amee Sarno The purple Painted Lady hutch 2

Julee wrote:

I couldn’t have done it without your tutorials and the the info pages you sent with the product.

My husband kept making fun of me for watching the videos on YouTube but I liked to see the process and research before attempting it myself.

The whole cabinet was painted with one coat of pure white, with the exception of the top doors of the cabinet which had two coats and the inside of the cabinet.

Then I distressed the edges of each panel randomly with a soft sanding block. Finally I used clear wax (after at least 15 Pinterest tutorial videos of how to wax) all over, giving each flat surface two coats.

I used the fabric that I had covered my chairs in as the middle panel for a pop of color and to tie my dining room together.

I also soaked the hardware in salt and white vinegar to bring out some shine (this set was left to us by the previous homeowners who couldn’t take it with them) and it actually brightened up quite a bit.

My only words of wisdom are – that less is more!

When I went too heavy with the wax I could immediately tell. You want a nice, even coverage that doesn’t feel sticky and, once you wipe the excess, reminds you of smooth wood or glass. It’s exactly the feeling of waxing a car..keep rubbing until it doesn’t have any resistance.

And don’t be intimidated! I was nervous setting out with my first piece being a huge cabinet, but it was totally worth the effort. Thank you so much for all your guidance and help! I couldn’t have done it without finding the Purple Painted Lady and now I want to paint everything 🙂

Amee Sarno The purple Painted Lady Close up doorsFinished Dining Room Julee Sarno The Purple Painted Lady

julee Chalk Paint The purple painted lady dining room collage

Memorial Day 2014 (Shop Schedule)

Happy Memorial Day Everyone.

For many- it is a day off. For me personally- I work 6 days a week- every week- but Sundays and Holidays are sacred to me. If I was to be brutally honest though- I guess what helps me to actually sit back and relax- is that neither UPS or Federal Express work those days. Striking a balance in life- is something I struggle with- always have.

This weekend I reflect on all of those men and women who made the greatest sacrifice of all- their lives. There have been various “Memorial Day’s” established throughout the last couple hundred years, but on May 26, 1966, President Johnson signed a presidential proclamation naming Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day.

I live about an hour away- and I think we may go and visit the festivities happening there. On Memorial Day- I plan to visit my father’s grave and place flowers and a flag there for him. He served in the Korean War on a ship called the USS Perry.

The Purple Painted Lady will be CLOSED in Macedon and Syracuse on Sunday, May 25th and Monday, May 26th. UPS and FedX are off also, so all on-line orders will ship out on Tuesday, May 27th.

And speaking of orders and ….paint- I love how patriotic the colors of Emperor’s Silk, Pure White and Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® look! Many people often ask about the plastic paint storage bottles that I show the paint in. They contain a whole quart and have an easy dispenser on the top. If interested in purchasing one- visit HERE.

Happy Memorial Day Chalk Paint The purple painted lady

I hope that you and your family take time to sit back, reflect and relax.

Please visit our website if interested in ordering Chalk Paint®. $34.95 per quart, low/flat rate shipping and it always ships same day!

In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

To visit our on-line store- click HERE.

Lastly, we share a lot more information to help you get the most functionality out of your Chalk Paint® on our Facebook page. Consider checking it out by clicking HERE. While there- kindly consider LIKING us.

Thanks again,
Tricia Migliore Kuntz ~The Purple Painted Lady ~
Design/Consulting, Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing, Custom Painted Furniture, Chalk Paint® & Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer & herRochester Blogger

PHONE: 585-750-6056

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At our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502 OR
77 Main street with phone number

3200 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY 14626 (The Shops On West Ridge) OR

Our Syracuse, NY location at 2017 Milton Avenue in Solvay, NY 13209
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Difference Between Annie Sloan’s “White” Chalk Paint® Colors

Which “White” Chalk Paint® Should I get???

If you have a local stockist – this is easy to determine.  Just visit them and see the colors in person!  Most will strongly recommend that you purchase your colors with confidence- since returns are typically not an option.  With that said- if you need to order paint on-line, it can be even a bit more intimidating since colors may look differently on your monitor. This can be due to either:

1. the quality of your monitor
2. the quality of the camera and lighting of who took the photo!

So, please read this post to learn more about Annie’s “whites” and then- call us if you are a customer of ours- and need more help with your purchase.  585.750.6056

I admit- I have yet to invest in an expensive camera. I use my “smart phone” to take photos. Compared to basic cameras purchased just 5 years ago- smartphones take higher resolution and better photos. But- truly- they are still not good enough. So, with that said- I would like to write a description of the colors below. Some of the information is my opinion, and some is based on how Annie Sloan herself describes the color.

I receive a lot of questions about the differences between the colors of Pure White, Old White and Cream Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

White differences The Purple Painted Lady Old Ochre Old White Pure White Cream 2



The color of a piece of white paper. Literally- plain old note paper. White…clean white. It is WHITE.
: )
Pure White Sample Board


This is the number one color that we sell.  Seriously- of ALL the colors we sell- the total of Old White is almost the same as all the other Chalk Paint® colors added together.  I think that is because it plays so well with all colors and it is not a bright, stark white.  Old White reminds me of the color of bisque pottery before being painted. It is the color of French Vanilla ice cream melted!  It is a soft white, but can have a very slight yellow hue if placed near other items that are yellow. Some customers would refer to Old White as cream- as a matter of fact.  Annie says it is the color of chalk and gesso, a soft white without pink or yellow in it. Of all the other paint colors we sell collectively at The Purple Painted Lady- we sell that same amount (if not more) in just Old White. It is the number one selling color in our shops, on-line and any furniture we paint in Old White sells immediately!
Old White Sample Board


Think French Vanilla Ice Cream! Seriously- open a container of French Vanilla Ice Cream- and this is what I see. It has a vanilla hue to it. THIS IS A SOFT BUTTERY cream…definitely has a yellow hue to it!!!  In my opinion- this has more yellow than a traditional cream.

Cream Sample Board with both Clear and Dark Wax



And since we are doing neutrals- let’s talk about Old Ochre. This is more like a very light khaki, or …. unbleached muslin. Or…some would refer to this as the color of oatmeal.
Old Ochre Sample Board

Visit our website to order if interested. $34.95 per quart, low/flat rate shipping and it always ships same day!

In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

If you do not have a stockist near you – please visit our on-line store- click HERE.

If you are interested in staying touch with The Purple Painted Lady- visit our Facebook page HERE – we would LOVE to hear from you and see your before & after photos!


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.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit to find a stockist near you.
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
*  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.
*  We offer the lowest 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- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>
Again- if you have a local stockist- go and meet them…ask all of your paint questions to them……build a relationship with them.  Otherwise- if you need to order on-line- we are 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.
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A little Bourbon anyone?

A little Bourbon anyone?

My current project that I am working on…… and I love it. I hope someone out there will too and hopefully purchase it!

This dresser is painted in Graphite and Pure White Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.

I am very excited about it- and I had to share it. Once I was done with the detailing – I planned on making it look a bit worn by sanding the surface strategically with some 220 and 400 grit sandpaper.

Here is a helpful tip for when you paint a dresser front…once you have the lay out done, feel free to remove the drawer and set it to make the painting easier!

Also, don’t panic if when using Chalk Paint™ and prior to waxing you get a light scuff mark, like what I am pointing at in the photo below. When you apply Annie’s Clear Wax that all disappears. But note, I am not referring to scratches or gouges.

Always have a copy of the image you are painting near by to reference. In the photo below you can see how I like to tape mine using Painter’s Tape to the piece so I can easily reference it at all times. I learned this when I primarily only painted murals. I would tape 4 copies of what I was painting above, below and on both sides of the area I was painting on the wall. This does really help a lot!

For the knobs I am thinking will by a glossy black of some sort. (I think)

Now after painting the detailing on, my next step is to lightly sand the surface to even out the paint. There are pros & cons to sanding or distressing BEFORE applying your first coat of Clear Wax. I typically sand BEFORE and will explain why in this post later today below.

Something I wanted to share now though, is that when you sand prior to waxing over a dark Chalk Paint™ color like Graphite (as I have in my photo below)…you will get this residual white chalky look. Don’t panic!

What I do to remove this “chalky effect” is GENTLY blow and wipe with a DRY towel as much of it off. (don’t use a moist towel since that powder are tiny particles of chalk paint and the water will reactivate it into a “wash.”) Do not be concern with removing it so it is all gone! First, you will not be able to. Secondly, it is not necessary because as soon as I apply the clear wax…all of that disappears. The photo below shows what the front looks like after applying clear wax to the top drawer. Notice, that white chalky residue or scratch look goes away on it!

When painting or waxing – place your piece up on blocks so that it easy to get right to the bottom of the feet without dirtying your floor.

Once done applying the wax (and please reference my video here if you need wax application instructions.) But after I applied the wax and removed the residual wax per my instructions, I gently buffed out the surface. The photo below is after I am done with all of this.

I ended up painting the inside of the drawers with Napoleonic Blue and waxed them. The only thing left is to add some black enamel knobs. I couldn’t wait to get it into the window though, so here it is….ready for sale! I hope you like it. It comes with my girlfriend Jeanne’s Bourbon Slushie recipe! Perfect for the holidays.

I will post a final photo when finish! (and don’t worry…I have something in the works that I will reveal soon to show you exactly how I do this!!!!!) Something that will be available to you via my on-line store.