Trying Something New

There seem to be certain colors and finishes that I paint more frequently than others. So I am always on the lookout for inspirations for new ideas. The photo of this distinctive and beautiful door was found on Pinterest and it challenged me to think how I would duplicate it using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.
In order to recreate this soft, translucent blue, each color would be applied as a wash, even the first coat. Aubusson Blue brushed on first, followed by  mixes of Aubusson Blue and Paris Grey, and Aubusson Blue and Provence also applied as washes. Primer Red would be added very sparingly in an even more diluted wash.
Whenever I am trying something new, I know I am not going to get it right in the first application. It always involves reevaluating, adding more paint, and taking off some paint. And there is never just one correct method. Different techniques in various combinations can yield similar results. Paint can be removed with a wet or dry towel, sponge, newspapers, plastic, sandpaper…. You can use a wet or dry brush to blend the colors. There are always options.
Enjoy yourself, have fun with the process. If it becomes frustrating, stop and a take a break from it. Sometimes all you need are fresh eyes, to see it differently. And sometimes unpredictable results can be even better than what you set out to do originally. That is what I love about Chalk Paint…. you can just keep painting until you  like it.
If you love blue as I much as I do, check out my posts, Chinese Apothecary Cabinet where I use a combination of ASCP blues, Country Blue Wardrobe  and how to make a Denim Blue.


RPK Interiors

Blending, washes, & dry brush techniques are the most challenging for me because I paint with a heavy hand. Thanks for sharing your tips and encouragement! Wonderful post!

Leslie Stocker

Thanks so much for reading my post and taking the time offer your support. I have to laugh because I think I started working in lighter layers because I am so bad at sanding. I seem to always end up at the bare wood and have to start over. 🙂


Yes. Your ideas are inspiring and exciting. I love the idea of trying all washes of varying degrees of translucence. So creative.

Heaven's Walk

You are always so inspiring, Leslie. Thank you for helping us all “step outside the box” with our creativity and thinking. 🙂

xoxo laurie

Matla Thomas

I freakin love this door! Please come experiment at my house….lol. What is my first steps in getting started. I’m looking for a patina look of old copper! Any suggestions

Manuela Durson

Can you start out with a color wash coat on sealed wood like a dresser, or does it have to be bare wood?

Maggie orta

So I found this pic on Pinterest and just fell in love with it. I decided I had to do it on the back of my island . I think I have done a descent job but just found this post of how you would actually do it, I am going to try some more tomorrow…your advice is awesome thank for the inspiration

Amy Sue Nathan

I just used this color combo on a tray. It really works! The problem I have with my attempts at layers is that it can come out very “liney” (just made up that word). Maybe it’s brushstrokes I’m seeing, or maybe it’s just the way I paint, but I don’t see horizontal lines in your pieces, they are much more subtle. Any clue what I’m doing wrong? Thanks, Leslie! 🙂

Sherrie Burton

This is how I want my front door painted. My brick is dark brown what are your thoughts?


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