Everything Old is New Again


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After a brief sabbatical (over a year) from blogging, I’m checking back in to give you an update. Where do I a start…..

When I first started posting in 2014, it was to share my ideas on color and paint. Although there were many DIY blogs already out there, very few were showing step by step techniques to create texture and depth by the use of color(s) and layers, particularly for furniture. The reason for this was simple, it was very difficult and labor intensive to create a worn finish using latex or oil-based paints. Chalk Paint changed all that. And here I’ll give a nod to Annie Sloan, while she didn’t invent chalk paint( it’s ancient), she brought it to everyone’s attention with her own Brand. She also made the process less intimidating and even easy.

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In the beginning, she offered 18 colors (when I started using her products, anyway), now she has over 30. But back then things were more limited.What if you didn’t want a one dimensional flat finish in one of her colors, and didn’t really want to do the whole Dark Wax thing ?

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That’s when I started mixing and layering Chalk Paint in many combinations. Mixing custom colors, making a wash, adding white to a color for a range of shades and tints, layering colors……… just to see what worked and what didn’t. The amazing aspect of using chalk paint was you could paint over anything you didn’t like. Complete freedom as an artist and literally fool proof.

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I kept endless notes and paint chips of the colors I created, and the process I used so I could recreate or match a finish or color. What a great idea for a blog!! And Colorways was born on Google’s free blogspot.

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About 8 months later I moved here to my own domain so I would own my content.

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My life became an endless cycle of projects and blog posts. I painted all my furniture at least twice, and my house became a revolving door of furniture moving in and out. I painted for all my friends, and anyone else who would let me, providing I could photograph the projects and share them on the blog.

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I made numerous color charts and shared them. Whew! 459 posts in 2 years no wonder I burned out.

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I’m motivated by the process of learning. It’s the fun part for me and in the beginning I new nothing about blogging so it was all learning. I learned the importance of social media for bloggers. My photography skills improved immensely and I learned so much about color and paint. But the downside of this was I spent far too many hours on my computer, my dining room became my office. And not in a good way.

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 And I no longer painted for the sheer joy of painting, I painted to have projects to post on the blog. I painted so much furniture that I ran out of new ideas. The fun had stopped and so had I.

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For someone who knew nothing about blogging, my blog was a huge success. Just when I had become moderately proficient with the whole blogging process,  I totally lost interest. I had been warned the biggest problem for bloggers is burnout and I get that now. I took some time off and tried to go back, but I think I was just finished. I had shared everything I had to share on this topic. I had literally painted my heart out. Time for a change:)  Next post: Chapter 2 or life after blogging.

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The good news is all that information is archived here on Colorways. You can see all of my step by step projects, before and afters, all of my charts, and formulas, links, I even have some video’s to demonstrate techniques. Actually, paint is timeless, and the techniques don’t change dramatically from year to year. This blog has a long shelf life. And as long as you have interest in the posts, the blog will be here. I did a little house keeping and updated or removed some links. And from time to time I will add a new post, when I have something new to share. That’s what is was all about, anyway, sharing.  I was never very good at keeping up with the comments or answering questions but I will try to do better now that I’m no longer a blogger.  Thank you for supporting me and the blog for over 3 years. That’s along time in tech world. I’m still on social media and will be posting there fairly regularly if you want to see more of what I’m doing now. I’d love to hear from you! I’m on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. No Twitter for me.  Please check in and let me know what you’re doing. Hope to see you soon:)

Love you guys xoxo

Leslie

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Pantone, Make It Your Own

 

Pantone, the authority on color trends, annually announces their choice for color of the year.This year they chose not one, but two colors, Rose Quartz, and Serenity.

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What does the average DIY decor enthusiast do with that endorsement for a color, or in this case colors? Usually, it turns out, not all that much. Trends come and go and it’s too much work, not to mention expensive, to change major aspects of your interior decor yearly.

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Another option is to take the suggestion of a color and make it your own. Here’s how I did it in a recent paint project when I was deciding on a blue.

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Pure & Original Paint has 2 blues in their Greek blue family of colors. Soft Greek and Greek Sky. Using their Classico chalk based paint, I painted a solid layer of Soft Greek and added shadows with Greek Sky on this traditional sideboard. Classico is so rich and lush, painting with it is a dream. Together the colors combine to make a soft blue that looks like an old, worn, pair of your favorite jeans. A color that goes with everything. My version of Pantone’s Serenity.

If haven’t already, check out Pure & Original Paints. Classico is their chalk based paint and the one I usually choose for furniture because it’s so easy. It comes in 140 (yikes!) lovely colors that echo the colors you find in nature.

So what do you think, on trend but not too trendy?

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I started started with a coat of Pigeon Grey and brushed it on. Classico is a very rich heavily pigmented paint and a little goes a very long way. It’s also very thick so if you find your brush is starting to drag, dip the tip of your brush in a little water and continue stroking on the paint. It drys quickly, usually less than an hour. For the next coat, I put all three colors, Pigeon Grey, Storm, and White on a paper plate and using one brush alternated between them, lightly brushing on the colors in selected spots ( video on that technique, here ). I only needed 2 coats of the Classico for full coverage.

If you want to give Classico chalk based paint from Pure & Original , go to www.pureoriginalpaint.com

Black and Blue All-over

 

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I love using Black in combination with a wide range of blues from navy to the palest of shades. Most of the time a strong blue will be enough to create a pleasing counterpart to the black. But in cases where the two color palette is less than striking, try adding White in a small proportion to provide additional contrast, and unify the black and blue.

You can use Pure & Original’s Black and Soft Greek with highlights of White for the same look and finish as my cabinet below. Classico is their chalk based paint, requiring no primer, wax or sealer. Here, I wanted a very flat, matte, used chalkboard color and finish so I left my paint unsealed.

If think Pure & Original Classico Paint is as amazing as I do, try it out. You can purchase a sample at www.pureoriginalpaint.com

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