I have always been a fan of Ballard Designs. I get excited at the mailbox when a new catalog arrives. But ya’ll, seriously, they have out done themselves this time. Their new Casa Florentina collection is basically a “Chalk Paint for Dummies” guide to painting for the do-it-yourselfer. It is virtually a chalk paint inspiration book, full of ideas and color combinations. Allow me to quickly show you what I mean:
You can create this look with Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue (maybe lightened a bit with white), lightly distressed, and finished off with a light glazing of dark wax along some of the moulding:
You can create this with Annie’s Provence (my favorite color), finished with a heavy application of dark wax:
You can create this look by mixing Louis Blue with either Paris Grey or perhaps Duck Egg Blue, and then finished with clear wax:
And this little lovely can be created with Emperor’s Silk and then a heavy topcoat of dark wax:
And of course, Old White is always an option when you are trying to play it safe:
Check out all these options! If you have been interested and curious about using chalk paint, but afraid to take the plunge, now is your chance. Open up both Annie Sloan’s website and Ballard Designs, and then flip back and forth looking at the similarities. You can get this Ballard Design European look for a fraction of the cost with Annie’s paint! It really is the easiest paint in the world (I promise Annie is not paying me to say that)!
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