A Shade or Two


I actually like the fact that the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® palette is limited to 32 premixed colors. Mixing the perfect variation of shade or tint is easy and predictable. Contrast that with choosing a color from a paint chip at Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams and their thousands of choices and I will go with a limited palette every time. There have been so many times I have chosen a wall color and been surprised what it actually looked like on my walls. (tell me that’s never happened to you:)


So at the risk of sounding a little nerdy, I have to say, it feels like I have my own tinting machine and pigments when I pull out the Chalk Paint.

All paint swatches sm


One simple way you can expand your range of colors is to make shades. Shades (color +black) can be mixed in several ways, but for Chalk Paint, I think the easiest is to add Graphite (black).

ASCP Shades smaller file copy


It’s important to keep in mind that Graphite, the black in the Chalk Paint palette, is not a true black, rather a dark charcoal with blue undertones. But for me, adding Graphite is a easy way to create a darker shade of most colors.

For this piecrust pedestal table, I wanted a deeper richer version of Coco and Paris Grey.

Co+G S

Paris Grey +G S


Using my layering method, I painted a coat of each color and a coat of a shade of Coco, and a shade of Paris Grey. In some areas I spot painted the colors to allow the under colors to show. The result is a warm deep taupe and smokey gray.

Piecrust Pedestal Table


If you want to try to expand your Chalk Paint palette to include custom colors, mixing shades or tints is an easy way to get started. You can see all of my charts and videos by clicking on the Tools tab. If you are needing inspiration and want to see other projects I’ve painted using ASCP shades, be sure to check out these posts, Combing Function and Beauty,  Napoleonic Blue and Graphite, and Bachelor’s Chest.

I like Annie Sloan Chalk 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 www.502paint.com

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



TKraft Art & Interiors

Your color pallets and graphics make the world of Annie Sloan chalk paint that much more colorful. And you’re right, less is more…

Karen Walker

I’ve searched different sites/sources and desire a printable copy of your Annie Sloan “Shades”. Do you have a printed color card of the shades?

Crystal Bates

did you give the metal claw feet a wash of cocoa or leave them in their original form?? I’ve been glued to my computer since finding your blog/facebook/website a week or so ago. Thanks for all your hard work, resources, inspirations, and willingness to share so freely and openly!!

Leslie Cabilin

Thank you for sharing all your beautiful projects. Did you do your first coat in Paris Gray then do your layering technique in Graphite, Paris Gray, and Coco? Did your shade with both Coco and Paris Gray after that? I have a desk I want to do like this. It is just beautiful. I have only done one project before and used Valspar paint and it turned out horrible. Thank you.

Sarah Emberson

Very clever! Am a ASCP fan but have always bemoaned the lack of colours! Your blog has given me some much inspiration! Thank you!


Looking for paint shade for black lacquer wall unit I want a antique grey or …. Do u have any suggestions


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