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The Colours of Annie Sloan

Written by David Hipskind, Red Door Antiques

You’ve got some beat up old metal lawn chairs that your grandparents left you that are taking up precious space in your already overcrowded garage. But they remind you of the many summers you spent playing as a kid, while visiting your grandparents.

I hear this type of thing every day at the Red Door Antiques. We all have so much stuff, but just can’t seem to part with the pieces that tug at our hearts. With summer season upon us, why not pull that old junkie set out of the garage and repurpose or recycle it with a new coat of paint. You say that’s too much work… I need to strip off the old paint, then sand and prime in order to get them ready to paint. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s all in the past. With decorative Chalk Paint® from Annie Sloan, there is NO MORE, sanding, stripping or priming. Just clean them up and start painting. Yep, that’s all there is to it, and it adheres to almost any surface, including metal. What about that old dresser granny gave you, or the kitchen cabinets? Yes, the possibilities are endless…

Emperor’s Silk

This bright pure red is like the red silk lining of a jacket, because of the way it looks we love it used as an interior of a cupboard or drawer. We especially love it with dark wax and for accenting! Use it inside a cabinet or a drawer for a fun unexpected pop of color.


A warm, slightly creamy, traditional white, Original is the color of old painted furniture. It is perfectly paired with Duck Egg Blue, Antoinette and Louis Blue for a delicate old distressed French look. Original is a color that has been in Europe for years but not the US market. But lucky for us, in late 2018 it was released in America.  It falls between old white and pure white, without the yellow our old white had.

Napoleonic Blue

This is NOT Navy!   It is more of a cone flower blue...almost with hints of Periwinkle to it!  A deep true blue that is the color of fresh picked blueberries- perfect for creating the Union Jack flag! Napoleonic Blue is inspired by the ultramarine and cobalt blue pigments used for decorative work in everything from neoclassical interiors through to modern 20th-century decoration.

Chicago Grey

Chicago Grey is a cool, fresh and modern grey, with a hint of blue. Suggestive of the architecture in Chicago. A perfect neutral for industrial interiors, or muted Scandinavian styling.  This color is similar to Paris Grey, but is a cooler tone!

What's New

My name is Dave Hipskind owner of the Red Door Antiques. As certified “Stockists” for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, we can help you with any of your paint projects. We have new colors and a new and improved formula that assures you the finest results. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the “Original” (don’t settle for imitations). There is only ONE Chalk Paint.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® was introduced over 30 years ago. I have been painting for more than 50 years. With that kind of experience, we can assist in answering all your questions. We also offer monthly workshops. We offer the Annie Sloan Method. We focus on four techniques for a more rounded approach. Plus, we apply those techniques to repurposed frames that you get to take home when the workshop has concluded. Call the store for more information and to register.

(916) 714-0619

9056 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove

We offer monthly workshops. Call the store for more information and to register.


This story first appeared in Ardent

for Life Summer 2019 issue.


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