Wearing of the Green

This secretary is truly a mix of greens. A layering of neutrals on the exterior with a surprise minty green when the desk is open. The mint green finish can be created by layering Cream over Antibes Green, or mix the Antibes Green with a little Old White until it becomes a light tint. A little Cream on the edges and worn areas and the interior will look like the one above. In addition to using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, a little Gilding Wax on the details will give it a time worn patina.



Leslie Rockwood

Your endless palettes and eye for color and texture is extraordinary. I am trying to understand how to layer without the colors turning to mud. First step is begin with the darkest shade. Is that a total cover of paint and subsequent layers are dappled on? Do you give classes? I would fly from San Francisco to attend. Such inspiration –
Thank you!

Leslie Stocker

Leslie, thank you, i feel very honored by your comment. Usually I start with the darkest shade as the first and only solid coat. The additional colors are added as a wash, and or dappled on. As long as each coat is dry they shouldn’t blend too much and become a muddied brown or gray. I may use a sponge or rag to add paint in addition to a brush. Chalk Paint has allowed me to experiment and not worry about making a mistake or ruining a piece. I have never had to go back to the beginning by stripping all the paint off. That’s always a risk with latex and oil based paints. I don’t offer classes but there is probably a Chalk Paint retailer near you who does. Really, it is almost impossible to fail, just try different techniques and combinations and keep adding paint until you are satisfied. Best of luck and have fun with it. Leslie


I am interested in painting this same color scheme. I already have a desk painted Antibes. I understand that you painted on top of Antibes with cream – the did you wipe it off with a rag? then dark wax? I wanted to know what you did to get the look that is on the bottom half – what colors you actually layered on top of each other to get this same look. Any certain order to paint the piece – or did you mix all of these colors to get that shade? Did you dark wax on top of it?
Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Leslie Stocker

Hi Bonnie,
Wow, thats a lot of questions:) …. I almost always paint with the same technique which is to decide the color I want to dominate and paint a solid first coat of that color. From there I do light layers of the other colors, letting each layer dry in between. I rarely paint on a color and then wipe it off, rather, I try to paint it how I want it to look in the end. If it’s too much or I don’t like it, I will paint over it. I like the the colors to show through each other, so I will spot paint purposely leaving gaps so the under colors show. I will often mix the colors for tints (plus white) and shades(plus Graphite) to give more depth to a color,, but otherwise I don’t usually mix the colors together. I end up dry brushing a light color, usually Old White, to accent the high areas and edges. 99% of the time I use clear wax to seal the finish when I feel painting is complete( i.e. I don’t use wax as part of the painting process). I tend to use dark wax for shadows when I’m not worried about changing the color of the paint, so mostly on greens.I will be taping more video tutorials next month and will be sure to cover some of these topics. Thanks for asking and especially for following my blog. Hope this helps.


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