How to use your Color Inspiration Notebook for a project

This week we are using the Color Inspiration Notebook to work on my master bedroom redo – the primary objective is to refinish three large pieces of furniture. Platform bed and two large dressers. Holy cow. They are 30 years old, wonderful, but the teak seems to get more orange by the day. Not the look I am going for.

Monday I used the Notebook to choose a basic color scheme – and discovered I am really happy with the colors and accessories I already have.

Tuesday I narrowed down a furniture finish that I fell in love with. But decided it is not right. Very cool, but too barn woodish.

So now what?

Well, back to the NEUTRAL page in the Notebook and my stash of magazine inspiration tear sheets that I had attached to the back of the page. I also grabbed my Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan color swatches, since I plan to use Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax.

How to use the Color Inspiration Notebook to do a project

At this point I took a tour of the adjoining bath and the bedroom to see what neutral colors in the grey range would work. The bathroom is painted French Linen Chalk Paint®, so I considered it and Paris Grey. But French Linen is a bit too greenish and Paris Grey is a tad too cold. My last choice was Coco, which was not on my list at all. But, it is neutral, greyish and on the warm side. Totally perfect!

Above you can see my two inspiration photos. The warm screen and the washed finish in the kitchen. So how to leap from orange teak with lots of grain to this new look? And what is the Old White for?

Find out tomorrow!


Blogger Kim Yeager of is giving away a Color Inspiration Notebook to a lucky winner this week! Kim’s gorgeous table is featured in the Notebook. If you have not yet connected with Kim, please do. She is so well known for her amazing contributions to Junk Bonanza and Flea Market Style, PLUS her blog and design work is to die for.

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