Going Coastal Gray


Even furniture built to remain outdoors year round, needs to be refreshed. Originally the same color as the deck, this favorite glider had become faded and dirty. The only prep I did was spray it off with the hose and let it dry.

ccc swing For a more natural weathered look, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Paris Grey, with a small amount of Coco mixed in to warm up the color. Two light coats, followed by touches of Duck Egg Blue added here and there and that was it. No wax or polyurethane to seal.  My next task is to take on the deck.

Many people are surprised that chalk paint can be used with great success outside. Many of the projects I painted years ago have needed little or no touch up. If you’re still not convinced, see some of my posts for inspiration and details of the process, The Look of Verdigris,  Garden Bench, Pink in the Garden, and The Colorways Swing. I also have a great video tutorial series for giving plastic garden planters the look of Terra Cotta, and  Aged Stone.

I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for my craft and furniture projects, but for walls nothing compares to Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint. Checkout my most recent interior design make overs with Fresco. It can be purchased online at www.502paint.com


Odile Kerester

Hi Leslie,
I am going to be painting a wood sign (4’x3′ planks attached at the back) to go with my son’s Eagle Scout Project. I want to use ASCP because I know it lasts outdoors. Is there anything I should put on the wood before painting to preserve it from rotting? It will be attached to red plank barn siding, for a Butterfly Garden. I want to trace stencil and paint with ASCP as well. Do you think it will hold up for 5 yrs or so?
Thanks for taking the time to reapond.
Love all your posts!

Janice Bowden

I finally came to your blog after pinning so many of your projects. I haven’t found many blogs that hold my interest, but I have spent the better part of the weekend digging through all your posts and learning so much. I was repurposing and painting furniture years ago during the first incarnation of shabby chic, before chalk paint, and I know now what I was craving back then was chalk paint and wax. I did frottage, sponge, a 2-color technique, washes, faux leather, glazes and shellac, but without the body of chalk paint the finish was still lacking something.

The biggest thing I can thank you for tonight is your suggestion about what brush to use. I have always used the highest quality synthetic brushes and haven’t been happy with coverage or been able to get texture from the chalk paint. The short comment on your video about why you use a natural bristle brush for chalk paint was eye opening for me. I dug one out of my brush collection and used it for my second coat of mustard yellow on a piece I’m working on and am amazed at the difference in application! It’s the missing element. I can definitely push, pounce and really work the paint like I want to.

Sorry for the long post, but I had to thank you for your blog and all the knowledge you so willingly share! I still have a lot of reading and watching to do to catch up to your current posts, but it’s the most enjoyable reading I’ve done in a very long time. BTW, your videos are tremendous.


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