Swedish Country Style

This old pine cupboard has a naturally primitive and simple style.  I used a color palette of whites and greys, often found on Swedish country antiques. In order to allow the grain to show through the paint, I added water to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and applied the paint as a wash. Old White was used on the frame and top and Paris Grey followed by Pure White on the drawer facings. A little dark wax was added over the Old White. Simple and beautiful!


RPK Interiors

It’s beautiful, Leslie! If this wood is pine, did you have any trouble with the knots showing through? I have a small, oak piece that may be the perfect piece for a similar look. Thank you so much for sharing…Pinworthy! 🙂

Leslie Stocker

Great to hear from you. I did not have any trouble with this and did not seal it. But it would not hurt to seal with shellac anything you think might give you trouble down the road. I did not follow that rule of thumb (see my next post) and really regret it. It seems like once bleed starts it takes so many more coats to contain it. I need to remember that next time.


I love this! You have such a great eye for color! I keep reading your stuff thinking it will sink in my brain, but so far, no………. 🙂

Alison Shields

Hi Leslie

I have only recently discover your blog and I am loving your inspairational posts. I love your Swedish style furniture most of all. Are you going to do any videos on how you achieve the finishes on any of your pieces it would be great to see how you contrast the colours?



Wow you have an amazing eye for color and great technique
Thanks for all you inspiration


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