Well, it's been almost 2 months since I started using Annie Sloan's chalk paint. Although I've only tackled small projects, I've come to really appreciate how well it covers, and its ease of distressing. I haven't mixed any custom colors yet, because I'm still enjoying the merit of Annie's original colors.
As I peruse sites showing Old World European interiors and furnishings, I have discovered the great authenticity in Annie's color potions. Although each shade is fabulous on its own, the real magic, when morphing a run-of-the-mill piece into a time-worn treasure, comes when you layer the colors. I've used one, then two, and now 3 colors on one piece.....Magical......
Before, the finish of this wood shelf was a dark red-brown, so it made a great base color for the 3 paint color choices.
I started with Arles, then Olive, and finally Provence.
The really time-consuming part was painting and distressing all the inner scrolled surfaces, but it was so worth the effort. I love the color combo so much that I only used clear wax, so as not to alter the shades.
You can't conjure this magic with spray paint!
I can't wait to use these colors on a piece of furniture, though I may have trouble letting go of it, I'm quite sure......