…blue egg q&a’s

Hiya! Here are the Q&A’s. Got questions? Email me: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

What colors did you use on the bombay chest in your interior picture?

If I am thinking of the same bombay you are referring to then it was Paris Grey.


I think the answer to the question about primer red was left off. I have the same problem with that color. It just doesn’t want to be sanded! Any ideas? 

Primer red? Can you email me the question again? Have you tried a coarser sand paper or an electric?


I have ceramic wall tile surrounding my master bedroom fireplace and would like to change the color…if you haven’t done it…do you have any suggestions?  The fireplace is rarely used so I’m not too concerned about heat.  It’s a gas fireplace.

Well, you could certainly try ASCP, but I would be concerned about the heat. I’m just not comfortable saying yes to a paint that does not promise that it is heat resistant. I know that there are many spray paints that are heat resistant, but I do not want you to spray in a non-insulated area. So, my suggestion to you would be to bite the bullet and replace your tile. It is not as daunting as it sounds.

I have an old dresser that belonged to my mother-in-law and I started to sand it because I was going to use a latex paint on it. When I saw a piece on FB that was done with AS chalk paint, this changed my game plan. Do I need to finish sanding the piece or just dive into the chalk paint? I have watched a few YouTube videos and not one person has mentioned sanding and prepping.

That is because you do not need to sand or prep with ASCP! Take a look at some of my past posts then just dive in!

Also, can AS chalk paint be used on kitchen cabinets?


Can I use latex paint over chalk paint?  As you might recall, I painted my bathroom cabinets with French linen and have decided its not for me.

Yes. You may need to use a primer first, however. Try a test area to see if the French Linen comes through. You will find this if you use a lighter latex.

I have a question about photography. Do you have any tips on how to get the true color of your piece? I painted a desk Napoleonic Blue and in the pictures I get royal blue or a gray-blue. We are in the process of putting together a blog so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

You definitely need to consider the lighting in your room. Experiment by taking a photo at different times of the day and find out when you get the least shadows and the best image. This will help you determine the best natural light. I also find that artificial light from lamps and overhead lighting is NEVER good. The colors turn out almost yellow. At the end of the day seeing a color on a computer screen will never be the true color. You will need to also name or describe if you want your viewer to know what you used.


My question is … When painting 1 coat, and then waiting a bit for the 2nd coat or touch ups – what do you do with the brush full of paint. For instance, last night I painted 1 coat, waited about 30 minutes (leaving the brush still with paint on it…) and painted a 2nd coat…then decided I’d finish whatever in the morning – but what to do with the brush full of paint – knowing I’ll be washing some valuable paint (!) down the drain and will need to load it up again tomorrow…

If you are waiting 20/30 minutes until you use your paint brush again then it is fine to not wash it. However, if you wait until the morning then you will need to wash it. If not, you may experience clumping and rough spots and believe me it’s not worth it just for a bit of paint!

Question:  do you still use ASCP even when they do not want it distressed too much?  I noticed a normal can of paint in one of the pictures.

I think the paint can you saw was my the shellac I use for bleed-through. For my clients I offer ASCP. I don’t offer a wide variety because I know the way that this paint works, I love the colors and I don’t have the flexibility in my schedule to go back and forth about different paints. That being said, I always want to distress a piece if only a little bit because this is the look I want to create. If you do not want your piece distressed and you like other colors in different lines of paint then go for it!




  1. Thanks! I think I will try the Primer Red on a different piece of wood and then use different grits of sand paper. I will let you know what happens.


  2. If you don’t want to clean your paint brush, wrap it in foil and put it in the freezer. You will need to let it thaw a little the next time you use it, but i just start using it and it thaws quickly. I usually have a couple of paint brushes in my freezer.

  3. If I have to step away from a project I put my brush in a plastic ziplock bag and seal it around the handle. If overnight, I always wash the brush out. If I’m painting walls I wrap up the roller in Saran Wrap and it stays “fresh”.

  4. Leslie McCarthy says:

    Hi Christen,
    So glad to see that you are doing better and back to doing what you love. Was wondering if you had ever tried Van Gough chaulk paint? I know you are very loyal to ASCP. The paints I have to admit are very similar but the Van Gough wax is sooooo much easier to apply, if you haven’t tried it maybe give it a whirl, could be worth the adventure!! 😉

  5. That photo shoot appears there is some activity over at your place!

  6. Marijke Jaspers says:

    Cristen, I think you have a great house. Even though living in the other side of the world, you give me a lot of inspiration!

    I found you when I was looking for videos on you tube to refurbish the paint Annie Sloan! Furniture

    greeting Marijke

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