My Shop in Oxford

4 February 2012

Painted Whites

Old White
 is a soft cool neutral undemanding white, 
like the old whitewash seen here in Norman Rockwell's depiction of Tom Sawyer and the painting of the picket fence! 
Old whites are soft like these old French pieces 
It's perfect for the Swedish look too
My Old White is the same colour as the old Lead White which is no longer made. 

Modern whites are bright made possible because of the Titanium White pigment

which was not generally available until the *1930/40s 
SO if you are painting something white and you want it to have that aged look, to be soft and sophisticated like an antique, 
don't paint it in bright white! 

*(Although it was identified in 1795 it was not until 1921 that an economical method of purifying it was established and then it became very popular because it was such a strong opaque colour) 
                                                                                        Annie

28 comments:

  1. Annie thanks for the inspiration.. perfect way to start my day.

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  2. Aw, thanks Robyn ....what a pal you have become!

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  3. Hi Annie,

    I love the way you know so much about the background to your paints...it makes them so 'real'.

    The colour I ALWAYS run a mile from is any brand's Brilliant White...eeeurgh!

    Sarahx

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    1. Great to hear from you - and thanks for your comments. I've been keeping up with you and see you have a lovely bump! Congrats!!

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    2. Brilliant White(especially gloss) is EVIL AND IT MUST BE STOPPED !!!!

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  4. I so love your paint, especially the Old White. Though I just did a sweet little table in my version of pinkish, (added a tad of Primer Red) and it's a pretty color.

    Also just used your Antibes Green over Old White on a bin and I can't tell you how much I love how it turned out. It's my favorite piece....for now. ;)

    Norma, from Norma's Kentiques

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    1. Old White is the colour I use to make a colour lighter so you can make pale pinks and blues with my stronger colours. Glad you like!

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  5. "New white" is so sterile and, for me, lacks personality. Give me Old White any day. It's staple in my paint pantry.

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  6. Hello Annie,

    I am so enjoying these descriptions and mini history lessons on your paint colors. They help me to be a better and more creative painter.

    Please keep them coming...looking forward to New Orleans and Leesburg!!

    janet xox
    http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

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  7. Yes, Annie. I LOVE your old white. I go through about a can a week, it never gets "old"!

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  8. Starting a project soon! Love the old white.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  9. Just more inspiration for me! So wonderful a little history to inspire me even more.

    I am so looking forward to seeing you in Nashville!

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    1. Glad you nike it! Looking forward to meeting you at the Nashville Workshop too Dolores - you have the same name as my mother.

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  10. Annie,

    I love the old white color and have used it several times. It is a lovely color!

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  11. Hey Annie! I always have Old White on hand and have used it for numerous projects! I've even mixed it with a bit of Bright White and it's still beautiful... :)

    xoxo laurie

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    1. I do a Pure white which is like a bright white Laurie. I'll write about that later!
      Glad you enjoy my paint and all its possibilities!

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    2. Goes without saying that I love the colour; a godsend to have a soft white to hand which needs no 'tweaking'. Also love the Rockwell pic as am a fan both of this imagery and the story behind the painting of the fence. Will Smith's father also liked the 'perseverance' angle behind this story and made the young Will do a similarly gruelling task to teach him a lesson Smith Junior still cites today as being of huge influence in his life and attitiude to work. Keeping it colouful in Marlborough. Hope you're cosy and snug in Oxford Ms Sloan and co. All the best, Deena.

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  12. Can anyone tells if there is a way to use a buffing brush if so what are the best ones and where to buy. I noticed a stock list has a buffing brush has anyone tried it? or an electric polisher (buffer)? and of course where to buy.
    Thanks in advance I know it is best to Hand Buff but it would really help if I could find a different way to Buff her Wax. Thanks in advance for everyone’s time and attention to this Post. I look forward to learning more about Buffing with her Wax.

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  13. I just bought (my first) graphite color to paint the oak wood that's below my marble island. The thought of trying to paint the oak cabinets makes me nervous! If you have any comments to make regarding painting oak kitchen cabinets - PLEASE share!! I will research your blog for more info.

    (I also purchased the brush and clear wax)

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  14. This color is perfect for Victorian houses and for those who want to achieve a combination of classy and country in their homes. And because white goes along with almost all the other colors, one can mix and match without difficulty. Your pictures did a great job in making it easier to distinguish old white from bright white and how a slight change in the shade of the color can make the entire look different.

    Anselm Armando

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  15. Thank you for your paint lessons, they really inspires me. The problema is that I live in Argentina and no Annie Sloan Chalk Paint here. Thank you again,
    Julia C.

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  16. Love Annie Sloan paints and her American Tour 2012

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  17. When are you coming to Canada.I would love to attend one of your workshops. I have never painted as much in my life. Since discovering your paint I have become a painting machine. I have to travel 2 hours to buy your paint but I would travel 4 if I had too. love it love it
    I even named my new budgies Annie and Sloan lol. hugs Tobey

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    2. I'm coming in late March but I can't promise I'll be doing any workshops. I haven't planned anything yet in fact!

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