The back of the book shelves

Last minute I decided to paint the backings of the bookshelves  
to add a pop of color.
 I started mixing a few Annie Sloan paints together, I felt a little like a scientist for a minute in my kitchen.
I wasn’t sure about mixing the colors but after a little research I was relieved to find I was on the right path.

Annie Sloan Quote



“Provençe is based on all those beautiful shuuters and doors you see in the South of France. They are all a bit like this – sometimes a little more green ( add Antibes) or sometimes a little more blue ( add Duck Egg) or paler ( add Old White ) or a little more muted ( add Country Grey) “

 I mixed equal parts of Provence and old white with a dash of Aubusson Blue and began cutting in.


As the first coat dried it looked too sky blue for the room.
This is why I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk paint.
Using the same jar with a little paint left in the jar, I added equal parts of Duck Egg and Old Orchre to achieve the perfect color.


I can’t wait to start painting the rest of the shelves wh

I also wanted to share a
Cieruelo Interiors blog with you. 
 She has done a fabulous job at showing us how to create a huge range of colors  by mixing in old white
 ~Here are a few examples~
Duck Egg Blue og Old White

Provence og Old White

Paris Grey og Old White

Versailles og Old White  
~Thanks for stopping in~

Similar Posts


  1. Love the color of the back. Will you have to wax that to protect it? I love the charts you provided here, too. It is an amazing paint! xo Diana

  2. I think that is the way I am going to be going, too, Kristin. I have a dresser I got a few months ago that I want to paint but I know the ASCP blue I want to use is too blue. I am figuring to add Old White to it to get the shade I want. The back of your bookshelves turned out nice and I think your color is pretty close to what I'm looking for.

  3. Kristin, Great choice! Seeing the color swatches makes you realize how much pigment is in the ASCP! Love the Duck Egg Blue!

    All the Best!

    Art by Karena

  4. I'm thinking about bookcases this week too. I love the color in the back of yours. Can't wait to see them all finished!

  5. Wow….did you have to sand or prep anything at all?! I am in heaven if you say "no, I didn't"!!

  6. The bookshelves are looking good! I love when the backs of book shelves are painted or wall papered.


  7. Love it! Nice change and all your goodies will pop against that background. Love seeing all the variations of ASCP– thanks for sharing!

  8. Love it! Nice change and all your goodies will pop against that background. Love seeing all the variations of ASCP– thanks for sharing!

  9. Your bookshelves look great! Love the color you've created. I just bought the Duck Egg Blue to try. Thanks for sharing the tips on mixing colors!

  10. Love. Thanks for the reminder about mixing paints. I have quite an inventory going and need to play a bit with my colors!

  11. It is looking beautiful so far! I can't wait to see your room transformed, I am loving where you are going with it. 🙂

  12. Love that you are painting the backs a different color and I know they are going to look gorgeous! 🙂

    1. Vivian Dishman / I have heard about the new grandchild from her gdafrnather Bob, my family and I have been friends with Bob and Sharon for many years. He is absoutely elated and I am sure Sharon is too. Congratualtions and hope to see more pictures soon, I am sure we will when they get back from seeing her

  13. What a difference – can't wait to see it once the shelves are painted too. It will look amazing. Thanks for the color palettes, I collect them on Pinterest so I better getting pinning lol.

    Have a great week, Kristin!!

  14. I'm so excited to watch your progress because I have the exact same desk/bookcase furniture. Mine is chipped because the maple is such a soft wood. I thought I might paint mine black but I am definitely going to wait and let you experiment for me! Thank you!!!!

  15. It looks FABULOUS, Kristin! I have been dying to try the AS chalk paint! Now this really inpires me to go ahead with it. Can't wait to see it when it is completely finished.

  16. Kristin, I'm in love with those Provence blues! I think I may end up buying a few cans and repainting my bedroom in one of those shades. They are exactly what I've been looking for. All the palettes are beautiful. The bookshelf looks amazing!

  17. Your book shelves are gorgeous. We don't have any book cases in our new house…I miss them.

  18. Thank you, I take a lot of notes throughout the month because (as I’m sure you know) it’s so hard to remember things if they’re not written down!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *