Winter’s Green



Finding the right green to do justice to this stately chest of drawers was a challenge. It needed great depth and richness without being too ordinary or cheerful. None of the standard greens seemed up to the task, so using some of my favorites I mixed and layered custom colors.

First I made the dark rich emerald using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors,  Florence and Antibes Green, in a ratio of approximately 5 to 1.  To that color I added varying amounts of Pure & Original Classico (a chalk based paint), in Black. I need to caution that mixing and using different brands together is extremely risky. Both Annie Sloan and Pure & Original would be horrified that I did this. It was impossible to know if they could be used together at all, let alone mixing the paints together. In this case all turned out well, but I tried it out first on a scrap piece of furniture. If you choose to experiment with different brands together, I strongly urge you to test it first.

They are both chalk based paints and usually adhere easily to almost anything, although maybe not mixed together. In this case they were extremely compatible and I had no problems. I did a first layer of dark emerald and layered shades (the custom green mixed with varying amounts of P&O Black) over it. I also used Annie’s Duck Egg Blue (also mixed with P&O Black to create highlights). I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax to seal because I wanted some sheen.

Side note: I’ve used Annie’s Wax to seal Pure & Original, and Pure & Original’s Dead Flat Eco Seal to seal ASCP many times with no problems.

The color and finish remind me of a dark emerald velvet fabric with deep variations of texture and nap. I honestly don’t know how I could have achieved this look without using both brands. Annie Sloan offers greens not available in Pure & Original. I needed a strong Black, and Annie’s Graphite, while a rich, beautiful, charcoal, just isn’t black. That said, this turned out to be one of my favorite projects.

What do you think? Do you regularly use different brands together? Have you had any problems when you did? How did you solve them?

It’s easy to mix custom greens with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If green is your color, be sure to check out these posts: Annie Sloan Blues and Greens,  Annie Sloan Custom Greens,  and  Mixing For Green

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 at

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



I have mixed brands many times and never had a problem. I have also mixed AS CP with regular latex paint with no problems, either. Still waiting to try P&O, but it is rather pricey and has to be ordered.


Leslie, I know you are crazy busy, and I have not given in to my temptation of bothering you for advice before now. I am ready to start on a chest similar to the one pictured here. It is for a friend who means the world to me and has been through the most horrendous things. This photo you posted is exactly the look I want for her the chest I’m doing for her. I have written down the info you posted, including the colors you used. The problem is I don’t know how you applied the colors when you layered. Did you use just a paint brush? Or did you also use a cloth? How did you create the “highlights?” When you “layered” the different shades, did you apply those shades to the entire surface, or only to certain areas? Any help you can give me I will truly appreciate. Especially as much detail as possible. Your work has been an inspiration and I have learned alot from you. This is probably the most important piece I will ever do and I want it to be perfect. Thank you so much.


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