Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Amsterdam Green

Amsterdam Green is one of Annie’s newest Chalk Paint™ colours, and is now available at Paisley Vintage.

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The Annie Sloan project below, styled with botanical prints, really highlights the forest green tone, although I’m sure for many Australian’s may instantly think – ‘Federation Green’! Annie has taken inspiration for this colour from the deep green of painted shutters and doors of Amsterdam.

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US stockist When Modern Was recently shared the dresser below – I just love the more traditional tone of the piece, and it definitely adds a masculine feel when teamed with the dark wood of the top and drawer edges. And how cute is the little map decoupage on the front – just beautiful!

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Last but not least, Steffiex Brocante Atelier shared her own Amsterdam Green projects, shown below. The sign she has created highlights to me that this green is perfect for Christmas decorating – so I need to get painting!

 

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You can check out other posts in this series here –

Antoinette

Aubusson Blue

Country Grey

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Giverny

Graphite

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paloma

Paris Grey

Provence

Pure White

 

Don’t forget, if you’ve signed up for our newsletter you can get 10% off the price of a tin of Amsterdam Green for the month of November.

Catherine

 

PLEASE NOTE – We will be attending the French Country Market at Springfield on November 12. As such, the Long Jetty shop will be closed on that day. In case of inclement weather, please check our Facebook page, or contact us on 0407 458 950.

 

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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Giverny

In August we were all excited to see the arrival of Annie’s latest Chalk Paint™ colour, Giverny.

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Named after the village in Northern France where French Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived, Giverny is a bright and clean blue, perfect for modern or coastal inspired styles. This brilliant blue is closer to the greens in Annie’s palette, without any red in it that would deepen the colour.

 

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The gorgeous side table above is a great example of just how bright Giverny is. By placing the green Antibes lamp and the English Yellow wooden bar in the frame you can see how Giverny complements them, rather than fades off into the background.

Giverny is also a perfect colour for white wax, as show on this farmhouse table makeover shared at Perfectly Imperfect. I’m using lots of white wax at the moment; it’s perfect for Annie’s deeper colours, but I’m using it on every Pure White piece at the moment too!

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Giverny is the first of three new colours scheduled for launch this year, plus a new book by Annie titled ‘Paint Everything’. Can’t wait to share them with you! Don’t forget, if you sign up for our monthly newsletter you will receive 10% off a tin of our colour of the month!

To check out more of this series, click on the links below.

Catherine xxx

 

Antoinette

Aubusson Blue

Country Grey

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Graphite

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paloma

Paris Grey

Provence

Pure White

 

 

 

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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Graphite

This months Chalk Paint™ Inspiration is Graphite!

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True to her fine arts background, Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint™ doesn’t consist of a true black, but rather a charcoal or soft black, called Graphite. This colour has real depth and character to it, and tends to look lighter or darker depending upon the light it’s under. It also tends towards a deep blue hue, rather than a brown or yellow.

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I’ve used quite a lot of Graphite in painting, it’s a real statement colour without being harsh. It works beautifully with the gold tones of the mirror above, of with the lovely bright colours in the buffet below.

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I get a lot of clients who are unsure of whether Graphite will be too dark for their home, worrying that it will darken the rooms overall feel or make the room feel small. I find the key to using darker colours is to pair them with texture, light and mirrors! A worn Graphite finish, like in the buffet and hutch below, gives a vintage feel without becoming too rustic. The lighter colour in the back of the hutch also means that any display pieces will stand out.

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Looking for a more true black? Then Annie’s new Black Wax directly over Graphite is perfect! Another trick is to add a little Aubusson Blue to your paint, in the ratio of around 1 part Graphite, 1/4 part Aubusson Blue.

Don’t forget, if you’re a subscriber to out newsletter, you can have 10% off a tin of Graphite this month!

See you soon

Catherine xxx

If you’d like to check out more of this series, click the links below.

Antoinette

Aubusson Blue

Country Grey

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paloma

Paris Grey

Provence

Pure White

 

 

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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Country Grey

This month’s Chalk Paint™ colour of the month is Country Grey.

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Country Grey is a putty colour, with a soft green / yellow tone. More a country or rustic colour, it’s perfect to use over or under other colours for two colour distress, or as a contrast to a bold colour such as Aubusson Blue or Scandinavian Pink.

The photo below is my latest finished piece in Country Grey, this time with Dark Wax. I was surprised with this piece – I love how neutral it is, and how easy it is to blend with the other colours around it.

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I was second guessing myself constantly whilst painting; Country Grey isn’t a colour I’ve used a lot of of, and I’m often more inclined to use white or grey for a larger piece. But once finished I love the character and style of this one, to me it’s so very french country!

In the picture below you can see the contrast created by Annie using Country Grey and an Old White stencil. It also shows what a difference the dark wax makes; in the example above the brown tone of the dark wax has highlighted the green and yellow tones of the colour, in comparison to the one below using only clear wax and so the grey tone remains clearer.

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The example below is a stunning piece completed by my friend Christy from Paint Me Shabby. When I first started the process to become an Annie Sloan stockist I was given Christy’s contact details as someone I could chat to about the ins and outs of stocking Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™. Christy kindly shared her experience and knowledge; it was so reassuring to chat to someone who’d been through the application process, had set up her business, and survived!  She shared this beautiful sideboard back in April and it’s such a wonderful example of Country Grey and the perfect style for this colour I just had to share it. You can also find Christy on Facebook here.

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I’m loving sharing Annie’s colour palette each month, I hope you’re finding it fun too! You can see more of this series by clicking the links below.

Aubusson Blue

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Antoinette

Provence

Pure White

Paloma

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paris Grey

Thanks for stopping by

Catherine xx

 

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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Paris Grey

This month’s Chalk Paint™ Inspiration is Paris Grey!

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Paris Grey is inspired by the painted furniture found in elegant French châteaux or old Swedish manor houses. It’s a light dove grey, a cool colour with definite blue undertones, which makes it a perfect partner for Pure White, as in the piece below. By comparison, the yellow undertone of Old White doesn’t work quite so well.

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This has to be one of my favourite shades, a silvery colour that works beautifully in coastal, Hamptons or french provincial style homes. The mirror below was one of my most popular pieces; highlighting the details in pure white gave it a soft feminine character and showed of those flourishes!

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Paris Grey is our colour of the month! Signup for the Paisley Vintage monthly newsletter and you’ll receive 10% off a tin of Paris Grey until July 31.

If you’d like to check out more of this series, check out the links below.

Antoinette

Aubusson Blue

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paloma

Provence

Pure White

Catherine xxx

 

 

Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Old Ochre

This month’s Chalk Paint™ inspiration colour is Old Ochre.

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A faded, darkened cream colour, I regularly offer Old Ochre as a neutral alongside Pure and Old White. While it’s definitely a stronger colour than the others, it still works beautifully as a neutral in the right environment. Often described as bone, or even a creamy biscuit colour, Old Ochre has a warm undertone, considerably more obvious than in Old White, but certainly in the same family.

I’ve recently finished the chest of drawers below in Old Ochre, paired with Emile. As a comparison, the rocking horse in front has been finished in Old White.

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Old Ochre takes on a beautiful old french provincial look when used with dark wax. The dresser below is absolutely stunning, and the wax just adds a beautiful depth to the appliques.

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The distressing used on the armorie below is another stunning way in which Old Ochre can be used, highlighting the warmth and depth of dark wood. If you’d like to try out Old Ochre for yourself (and a little dark wax too!), why not sign up for the Paisley Vintage newsletter for a great deal! Enter your details over in the sidebar to receive updates every month.

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If you’d like to see more of this series, click the links below.

Aubusson Blue

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Antoinette

Provence

Pure White

Paloma

 

Catherine xxx

 

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Chalk Paint Inspiration – Louis Blue

It’s no secret I’m a blue / green girl. I do try my very best to try other colours, but I always return to my favourites. This month’s Chalk Paint™ Inspiration colour is Louis Blue.

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Louis Blue is a clean, pastel blue. A lovely soft hue, it’s a perfect hint of colour and not too overpowering. In my coastal location I find its the go-to blue for many of my customers, though I think there’s also something decidedly french about it, especially when used on something beautifully ornate.

My first project with Louis Blue was the chalk board shown below. I’m a fan of vintage frames and pick them up whenever I see something with a little bit of detail. If you look closely you’ll see the details below are highlighted in white, which was done by dry brushing lightly over the raised pieces.

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Louis Blue is often used in layered combinations, like those shown below on the left and center photos. The picture on the right is the pure colour, for comparison. Paired with Paris Grey and Old White, or Coco, pieces take on a beautiful aged look with a soft pastel tone. They also demonstrate how easily this colour works can be either feminine or masculine.

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In the picture below Louis Blue is paired with Pure White, a lovely soft combination with a coastal feel. The lady who purchased the dresser did so for her daughter, who loves blue in every shade (a girl after my own heart!) and didn’t want something overtly feminine. Louis Blue was perfect.

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I couldn’t finish up on Louis Blue without sharing this beautiful chair I stumbled across on Pinterest. Over on Jou Jou My Love you can read up on some great tips on how to use Chalk Paint™ on fabric, as done on this beautiful chair. Louis Blue and Old White make for a perfect combination.

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If you’d like to see more of this series, check out the links below:

Aubusson Blue

Duck Egg

Emperors Silk

Antoinette

Provence

Pure White

Paloma

 

Catherine xx

 

 

Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Paloma

This months Chalk Paint™ inspiration colour of the month is Paloma! A very light shade of grey that has a purple hue, you could almost call it lavender. Annie Sloan describes this as a beautiful sophisticated warm taupe with a great deal of depth.

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Though quite similar to the ever popular Paris Grey, when held together the purple and yellow undertones of Paloma become more obvious. When looking at these colours with customers in store I ask about where it will be used; the amount of light in the room as well as the colour of the walls and floors. With yellow toned walls (say an off white or cream) the yellow tone of Paloma is more pronounced. With a cool white, the purple comes to the fore.

 

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In the picture below you can see just how beautiful Paloma looks with clear and dark wax, with the mirror painted by one of Annie’s artists in residence Janice Issitt. You can see how it works in the bohemian bedroom setting, but will equally work in something more modern. You can see more of Janice’s beautiful work here.

 

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Quite apart from getting to share the beautiful Chalk Paint™ colour range with you, this series has been a real education process. Looking at each colour, learning about how it came about and it’s historical context has been amazing. I also love seeing how people use colours and styles differently, depending on their home and the look they’d like to achieve. I hope you’re enjoying the Chalk Paint™ inspiration too!

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If you’d like to see more of this series, check out the links below:

Pure White

Provence

Antoinette

Emperor’s Silk

Duck Egg

Aubusson Blue

Catherine xx

Don’t forget, if you’d like to try Paloma, or need to restock your cupboard, there’s a special newsletter deal available! Just sign up for our newsletter over on the right hand sidebar to find out more.

 

 

The #25Project – Celebrating 25 Years of Annie Sloan

Did you know Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan is now 25 years old? Holy smokes that’s a lot of paint! And to celebrate, Annie is transforming 25 community spaces round the world, as nominated by you! This is the #25Project!

 

 

Whether it’s a local hall, library, school or club, we’re looking for nominations of a shared, community space that needs a makeover. Whatever your space; whether a foyer, classroom, meeting room, or clubhouse, using Annie Sloan products including brushes, paint, fabrics, stencils and finishes, we will work together to give it a new lease on life. I know that the Central Coast has some wonderful local networks; we pride ourselves on our sense of community and supporting each other and I’d love to see a local group get this opportunity – so lets get nominating!

 

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Nominations will be reviewed by Annie and her team in the UK and 25 winners selected from around the world. If you’re group is one of the lucky recipients, you will receive an email confirmation in May, and then you and I will work together on a design, plan and then get busy with the transformation!

If you’re part of a community group whose space is in desperate need of a makeover, please consider nominating. If you’d like more information, or some assistance in getting your nomination together, drop into the shop, or send me an email via the contact page.

Nominations close April 30.

Catherine

 

 

Chalk Paint Inspiration – Pure White

Ever heard the saying that everything looks better white?

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While I do love colour, let’s face it, the saying everything looks better white is so true! That veneer set of drawers? Better white. That orange pine buffet and hutch? Definitely better white! That coffee table where the kids have written their name in thick black texta…. yep, better in white!

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Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Pure White is a bright, crisp white. It’s stark, bright white as in fresh note paper or cotton balls. In comparison, Old White has a yellow tone to it and when side by ,the difference is quite dramatic. I love to pair Pure White with timber, and in the beautiful sideboard above, as the contrast is stunning.

As you may know, Pure White is un-pigmented paint; it has a thinner consistency that the other shades of Chalk Paint™ and as a result, where you may have done two coats in another colour, you may need three or four of Pure White. Despite this, it is undoubtedly my best seller! Whether it’s for the coastal or beachy style that is quite popular in this area, or as part of a pastel or monochrome style, it works beautifully.

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A great tip when using Pure White is to use another light colour as an undercoat. For example, doing a coat of Paris Grey first will provide a fantastic base coat that you can build upon. If you’re going for a distressed look it has the added bonus of adding a great contrast and depth to your piece. Alternatively, purchase a sample pot of Old White and mix it in with your Pure White. It doesn’t change the colour to any great extent, but does add body.

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Are you a Pure White fan? I’d love to see your projects in Pure White if you’d like to share a link below.

You can see other posts in this series by clicking the links below…

Aubusson Blue 

Duck Egg Blue

Emperor’s Silk

Antoinette

Provence

Thanks for stopping by

Catherine

 

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