A Matched Pair & A Birthday

Brown and Black copy


I’m really not a fan of having a matched set of anything. I like asymmetry in my home decor, I just find it more interesting. Never the less, I have a few pieces of furniture that have an identical twin and this small bedside chest is one of them. Its been storage (my basement) for a while, and I thought it would benefit from a new coat of paint. It used to look like this, but I wanted a more neutral, less gold tone.

Here’s how I did it. A solid first coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Coco. For the face of the drawers I used Old Ochre and for the feet and top, Graphite. I also added highlights by dry brushing Old Ochre on the edges and trim.

Paint color is a simple way to unify dissimilar styles , but it also a way to keep things from getting too matchy. The furniture in these posts is all made by the same furniture company, Council Craftsman, Chalk Painted Secretary,  Graphite, The New Black, and Chair of Many Colors. I think the variety of paint finishes keeps them from looking too much like a matched set.

Tomorrow, Colorways will be 1 year old, and no one is more amazed than I am that I’ve been blogging for a whole year. So I’m having a little party to celebrate. Not really….. we were having some friends over anyway and I decided to get a cake:). I did mention to my family that Colorways would love a new camera (I broke my Nikon and favorite lens last year and have been relying on my Iphone). We’ll see what happens there, I’m not holding my breath……… I’ll keep you posted.



Leslie S-P

Happy 1 year anniversary. Your blog has been such a find for a complete beginner as I am. Thank you and here’s to Year 2! LSP


Congratulations, Leslie! I find myself (while looking through the Soft Surroundings catalogue) wondering “What colors would Leslie think went into this lovely secretary, or chest, or chair…” Your blog, your eye for color is changing how so many of us look at the patina and coloration of pieces. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Ms. B

Leslie, congratulations! I can’t believe your blog is only a year old … mine is still a work in progress. You are such an inspiration! Looking forward to year 2.

Tkraft Art & Interiors

Leslie, Another beautiful transformation. HappyBday 2u & Colorways – following Colorways blog has been a gift of inspiration to so many for this we are blessed. Enjoy your cake!


Happy Birthday! and thanks so much for sharing all that you do……love it when you explain how you did it, what color first and then the second and finishing. Great blog, always open it first in the am to read. Hope you get your camera.


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