Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mixing Custom Chalk Paint Colors

Though I haven't mentioned it here in quite a while, I'm still busy from time to time in my workshop transforming furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Sometimes I want a color that isn't available premixed, so I experiment with the colors I have and see what I can mix up.  (Annie's paints mix beautifully and I have never yet ended up with a muddy mess of a custom color.)

While I was visiting with Janet at her shop yesterday afternoon, she asked me why I wasn't publishing my color recipes.  I guess I just didn't think of it till she called me out on it.

In my workshop, I have a shelf where I have painted a swatch of each of the Annie Sloan colors that I have.  This really helps me when I start a new piece, serving as my inspiration board for choosing colors and combinations.

Three of the colors on my shelf are custom colors ... they're numbered 1, 2, and 3 below.

Here are the recipes:
Color #1 is a warm greenish grey.  I originally mixed it to use on my Hoosier.

Color #2 is almost exactly the color of a Hersheys chocolate bar.  I wanted brown for a table that I will be working on soon, and I got to work (using a bit of high school art class color theory 101 in the process) and ended up with a color that I am really pleased with. 

I mixed up Color #3 without a project in mind.  I was playing with colors one afternoon, and this soft peach color was born.

I have a stock of empty peanut butter jars in my workshop paint cabinet, to use for mixing and storing my custom colors.  The jars are clear (so I can see the color), plastic (I'm a bit of a klutz sometimes), and a good size for mixing up enough paint for a large piece. 
I will be finishing up a little side table later in the week.  Here is a preview of the drawer front.
That's 'Old Violet' and my custom Greenish Grey, lightly distressed with a coat of clear wax.
For all of you Chalk Paint lovers out there ... do you have any favorite custom color recipes that you would like to share?


  1. Oh my, I get challenged when choosing colors. Been in the process lately and it is my least favorite job in all of construction projects! Boringly so ... white is my usual go-to-color.

  2. I'm so glad I found your blog, I'm just starting out with AS Chalk Paint I really enjoyed your post! Now I just need to get more paint colors, I just have sample pots of Paris Grey and French Linen.
    I'm following you on Pinterest, you should do a board with projects you have done with the paint!

  3. Hello Connie,

    Great color mixes! I love mixing Cream and Arles for a lovely buttery yellow.

    See you soon and thanks for the shout out!

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  4. You have such a talent for this! Paint colors, mixing custom colors and also when you paint furniture!
    hugs, Linda

  5. Great looking colors, Connie. I think those custom colors really make a piece- xo Diana

  6. Ok....I guess it's time for me to think outside my Annie Sloan box, Connie! lol! I love the colors you mixed. That purple looks fabulous with your custom color! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, girlie! :)

    xoxo laurie

  7. Connie, Your custom colors are incredible. You get so much done and do it so well. Love your blog.

  8. I custom color ASCP as well - but yours take it to a whole new level -
    definitely your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!

  9. I've been wondering about your furniture projects. I always look forward to seeing what you have accomplished. You come out with the most beautiful pieces! I look forward to seeing this next one ;)


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