Experiment in Pink

Antoinette sideboard

Is there a way to make pink a little less feminine?  I think so and here is how I do it.  I choose a piece with simple, straight forward lines and style, like this sideboard. The plain panel doors, lack of carvings and ornate trim, and round wooden knobs make for a good match with a subtle pink.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® offers two wonderfully sophisticated pink paint colors, Scandinavian Pink, and the one I used here, Antoinette. Neither are too bold or saturated, too juvenile or bright. They are just pink enough to be in the pink family without being so pink that they overwhelm a room.

Scandinavian Pink color cardAntoinette color card

Another way to neutralize them a bit more, is to add a warm brown, Coco to the palette. You know I am all about layering light coats of different paints to create a custom colored, authentic and vintage looking finish. I also like to paint in my shadows and highlights rather than distressing and using Dark Wax. On this piece I created a Coco wash by diluting the paint with water to accent and deepen the shadows and dry brushed Pure White on the edges and center of the panels to make the paint appear worn and create highlights. Clear wax was used to finish and seal the paint.

So what do you think? Is it possible to make pink less feminine and more acceptable in your home decor, to say, your husband, for instance? I would love to know your opinion on this experiment in pink.

If you are still on the fence about adding a pale hue of red  to your color scheme, be sure to check out these posts where Antoinette  is a major player,  Secretaire Extraordinaire,  Pretty in Pink,  and  In the Pink. And if you need more convincing, just click on Antoinette in the Color Palette to see all of my posts for a not too feminine pink.



I love these colors together, it is just gorgeous. It seems if I would attempt this, I couldn’t get it to look like beautiful shadows as you have done. Can you tell me how you put the coco wash on without it looking like it was “painted” on? The shadow effect is gorgeous and I would love to know how to do it. Thanks very much.


I really love this!!!! I have a cabinet and would love to copy your technique! Yes please can you give us a bit more tips about how to apply the coco and the dry brush old white on top to give that vintage look without having to distress or use dark wax! great blog! love it!!! 🙂 thank you so much!


Leslie, I love this! Thanks for doing it using Antoinette. Did you start with painting the cabinet in Antoinette, then a Coco wash? Or??
I, too, have a project I’ll try with these colors. 🙂

Rustic Revival

I really love your technique, looking at your projects, the way you blend the colors is supreme.
Annie Sloan rocks as a medium!!!

Stacey Grimes

Leslie… What they said 🙂 :)…..^^^^^.. Thank you! You Inspire ME!! <3 <3 <3


Me Too. Just love this. You have inspired me to repaint my BIG china cabinet using this technique. I have got to get brave. It’s just paint right? If it doesn’t work I can always re do it. Your soft shading is brilliant but I am a bit confused as to how to made it so soft?? Any hints you can offer would be appreciated.

Carol Yarborough

Beautiful. Just enough pink tint to fit almost anywhere. I am not a pro, nor do I have a shop, etc. Just enjoying some do it yourself, for myself in my “golden” years. But, I do use Annie Sloan and really like it, so any tips I can get are appreciated. I have never made my own chalk paint and am not sure I will ever try doing so. Annie Sloan is so easy to use and with beautiful results, so why waste my time and money experimenting with others.


We bought a chest and I am going to transform it into a vanity for my powder room in our new home. This is the color I am inspired to do. Thank you Leslie Stocker!


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