What’s Your Neutral?

gray chest copy


When I’m in a quandary about color, I have a few Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® combinations that never fail, never disappoint. It’s my favorite neutral, a greige  made of CoCo, Paris Grey and Old White. Paris Grey provides the base color.  Shadows are made  with light layers of Coco (French Linen can be substituted for Coco) and highlights washed on or dry brushed with Old White. It always works and always looks fresh.

You can vary it by changing the base color and using the other two colors for definition and contrast. Or mixing Old White to make tints of Paris Grey and Coco and adding layers.


Roccoco Chest


It can be made to look worn, distressed, and vintage.

Country Pine Server


Or new and modern, as in the Restoration Hardware finish.

Restoration Hardware Mirror

It’s a finish that can be used in any style of decor, from Gustavian to Rococo and in any color scheme, neutral or bold. It blends in and stands out at the same time.

Rough Luxe



It’s the perfect Chalk Paint color palette; Old White, Paris Grey, and Coco

master bath vanity cabinet


If you want to see more neutrals in action, you will love my posts, Swedish Country Style,   A Different Technique, and  On The Side

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 atwww.502paint.com



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












Leslie Stocker

Hi Mandi
Not sure if you mean my paint or my furniture. Paint from my local stockist in Louisville, and furniture thrift and consignment stores, and flea markets. I have almost zero luck with craigs list. Hope that answers your question:) Thanks for reading my blog.
Leslie xxoo


Do you have a site or blog that shows step-by-step in your painting techniques? Thanks

Laura Starner

How did you do the wash on the last cabinet using old white, paris grey and coco. I want to do the same on my dresser using old white as the base. However I want the washes to stay and not muddle together. Can you provide some instructions? Thank you.


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