Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was the first decorative chalk paint to hit it big. Many early adopters have their favourites colors that they continue to work with to this day. Some colors like Graphite or Amsterdam Green are amazing right out of the can.
The marketplace is now filled with many competitors. While not all paint is created equally there are a few brands like Fat Paint or General Finishes who offer similar results but with a different color pallet and at a different price point. The reason why many people will take a quart of Fat Paint over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is sometimes price – but more often it comes down to color selection.
Compared to some of the modern chalk-style paint lines out there – the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Colors look a little dated – or perhaps geared for a very specific audience.
Cait has used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint extensively over the years. Some colors like Graphite she has never fell out of love with. For some of the bolder colors she has moved on to other lines of paint and finishes to get the results she wants. This wasn’t an option early on in her custom work career. In order to get the right look for the room where the piece she was working on was going – she began to painstakingly document custom color mix ratios.
Unfortunately chalk paint is not like latex paint in the sense that you can’t go to the Home Depot and ask them to mix a color for you. In order to color match chalk paint to a wall color or to make it a little more subdued there is no choice but to mix paint color’s. Adding white to soften a color is probably the most common customisation. Some people end up buying a color that’s closest to the one they want and are disappointed when it doesn’t look as good as they imagine.
Before anyone begins custom mixing – I recommend they take a look ALL of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors – your local stockist might not have every last color in stock – but there are places online (and i’m sure in store) where you can order any color from her line. It is also advisable to look at the competition – there are many companies with high quality chalk-style paint – all of these companies offer their own custom pallet’s – there may be a pre-mixed quart of the exact color you need if you simply broaden your horizons to other quality paint suppliers like General Finishes, Fat Paint, Dixie Belle or House&Canvas.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Colors
Cait has a notebook with all of her custom creations written down. Its a painstaking process that you have to document properly if you want to ensure that you get a consistent color that you can replicate. Nothing is more frustrating than having a piece suffer some sort of damage and not having the proper color to do the repair with. The danger with custom colors is the fact that the onus is on you to document your creation properly. I recommend if you are going to custom mix Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors or any other brand’s paint colors – mix more than you need. Stick a label with the date. and the paint color mix ratio, on the container with the leftovers (hopefully you will never need to use it).
Mixing Chalk Paint Colors
If you remember primary school art class – you likely remember mixing colors to get other colors. Red and yellow makes orange – add a little black and you have brown – add a little more black and you have a dark brown. When you are trying to match another custom color (like your wall color) you will likely be spending most of your time trying to get the perfect hue between something like brown and dark brown.
Its very popular to use 1:1 mixes with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – there are a number of sites that have gone through the entire catalogue of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Colors and have painstakingly documented each color mixed 1:1 across the entire color pallet. I look at these as secondary colors as opposed to something truely custom as its a simple 50/50 mix.
Custom mixes require a little more knowledge of color theory (like the color wheel). You need to use measuring equipment that can accurately replicate your custom color as well as a notebook (or ipad) to keep track of your results. If you are mixing more than three colors and its not in the name of using up your “leftovers” – the project may have gotten out of hand and you may need to revisit what exactly you are trying to accomplish!
The Best Custom Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Colors
Obviously there are limits as to which color’s can be mixed with which – some color’s don’t mix well together at all. Many of the colors that do mix well together have been documented which means the exact color you are looking for is probably a drop of white or black different than the mix ratio’s you can find online.
Below are some of the best custom Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors. Hopefully this will provide some inspiration and encouragement to “take a risk” and attempt a mix you find online – or one you hone yourself!
Graphite is perfect the way it is. There are however circumstances when people would want to brighten it up a bit. Mixing various ratios of Annie Sloan Graphite and Old White can create a beautiful custom gray.
Antibes green is a popular Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color. For this reason – it is one you may want to customise. Mixed with various ratios of Old White you can achieve the perfect green for your project.
Royal Purple is a custom Annie Sloan chalk paint color for the adventurous. It requires two very bold colors – 3 parts Napoleonic Blue and one part Emperors Silk (Red). This combination provides a rich purple. To take it a step further you could grab a can of old white and soften this purple – the sky is the limit.
Custom colors allow you more control in your project – and if you have an good eye for color – you may come up with combinations as good or better than the stock paint colors in the store!
Chalk paint is a registered trademark of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Company. We do not sell Annie Sloan products – please search for a stockist near you if you are interested in her brand of Chalk Paint and supplies.