Shades of an Armoire

Sometimes it is not so clear what color to choose when painting a special vintage piece of furniture. Colors, Tints, and Shades can look very different from one piece to the next.  Painting a large Armoire, like the one above, involves a fair amount of time and energy, not to mention the cost of paint.  Any tool you can use to eliminate, or even narrow down, your color choice before you start to paint can save you from painting something more than once. 
The image above is a virtual representation of an Armoire painted in 6 different colors and shades (shades = color + black) of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I didn’t actually paint the Armoire 6 different colors.  Each armoire image was tinted with shades of one color. The color cards below each show the color I used. This is only meant to be a starting point, but sometimes having a comparison on an actual piece of furniture is helpful.
Here is the real Armoire and the colors I used when I painted it……

I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint for my craft and furniture projects, but for walls nothing compares to Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint. I love the natural variations of shades and tones the lime creates within one paint color. You have to see how gorgeous it is! Checkout my most recent interior design make overs with Fresco. It can be purchased online at


P.S  Pure and Original also makes a chalk based paint called Classico in 140 colors! Its amazing too!



Kathleen - Dovetails llc

You’ve got an incredible gift for color and for conveying what you see and know to others. Love your blog, love your ideas, love Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, and always happy to recommend Colorways to others. Kudos!

Pam E

Keep up the great work Leslie. I look forward to opening an email with another unique piece or color sheet from you every day. I’ve told so many people about your blog. It’s one of the most informative I’ve ever seen regarding ASCP.

Linda Leyble

What a fabulous resource! I have been on your blog now for about 50 minutes and I don’t want to leave. You have given me so many ideas. I love mixing her chalk paint and layering colors. I am doing one right now…with Chateau Grey and then a Cream wash, the rubbing back to the off white that is underneath. I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes. Thanks for all your hard work. Linda


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