The Moody Blues


A monochromatic color scheme can be a refreshing change of pace. I’m in my Blue Period right now. I love taking one paint color group and layering the variations over each other.  It’s a simple way to add extra depth and complexity to any finish. You don’t have to worry about the colors being compatible as long as you stay in one family. It really is no fail.

Layering BluesLayering with latex paints can be risky because there is a limit to how much paint you can apply to any surface before it starts to peel. Adding several light coats of chalk, and or, milk paint has never been a problem, as long as I allow each layer time to dry.

miss mustard seed small color chartSome of my favorite pieces have been shades of  blue.

Apothecary cabinet


Apothecary Cabinet DetailAdding a neutral, like white or black, just allows another variation of the same hue.

Denim Mirror Revised Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint also offers that same layering ability as chalk paint and a rich choice of blues.

MMS Milk Paint French Enamel over Flow Blue


Flow Blue

French Enamel eYou know I’m a blue girl at heart. For more takes on a the blue theme, be sure to check out these posts,  Black and Blue (one of my absolute favorite pieces), True Blue,  and, Napoleonic Blue and Graphite.



I love just looking at this post. 🙂 Blue is my favorite and you show it so well! (It makes me in a happy mood!)

Candace Moore

Leslie, I so love the blues but may I ask you a question about paint technique? My next piece to paint was inspired by the work you did on the dresser you used for the post, “A Believable White.” Just so simple and lovely. The buffet I intend to paint has a lot of detail on the paneled drawer and door fronts but absolutely no detail on the surface of the buffet. What sort of layering or stroking have you found to be the most successful on completely flat surfaces devoid of detail; hence no obvious highlight or shadow areas? Could you speak to this in some way? Thank you!


Love The Moody Blues.

You wrote, “… taking one paint color group and layering the variations over each other.” Can you expand on how you did this? It would be difficult to duplicate the colors without knowing which color or colors you used for layering with the original color. Watching your video tutorials, I’ve seen you use black and white to demonstrate mixing, but that does not seem like it would apply for the colors you layered above. I would love to see the names of the colors used to create each ‘layer’. I am not what I would call a visionary–I need examples from which to create. I did not get the ‘color’ gene, unfortunately, so some added information would be immensely helpful.

Thank you.


I figured it out I believe. They have the colors listed on far left going down, these are the four shades of blue you can buy straight off the shelf. Napoleanic, Arbusson, Greek and Louis. The 2nd column is the color of the row (the 4 going down) mixed with a basic white. Column 3, 4, 5 are the mixes with the other 3 in descending order.

N = Napoleanic
A = Arbusson
G = Greek
L = Louis
W = W

note from the pictures how 3rd on top matches 3rd on 2nd row NA and AN
many duplicate colors like GN and NG, etc.

This is how I read it at least.


actually I don’t believe it is white, I believe the 2nd column is the original color distressed after the first coat prior to the 2nd coat of the new color.


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