We needed a kneeling cushion for our Catechesis of the good Shepherd room at our parish. We had one with a lovely fall scenery print on it that we needed to be in a liturgical color, and one solid color.
I had heard that you can use chalk paint on fabric but I have never tried it, this is the perfect opportunity!
I used primer red chalk paint and diluted it slightly on the brush with water before applying it to the fabric.
This is what the cushion looked like after one coat of chalk paint.
I could still see the fall scene underneath the paint so it was time for a second coat.
After the second coat dries we will apply a third and hopefully final coat. After the third coat dries I will lightly wax it and buff it. It will have a slightly leathery feel when it is done.
Update: It has now been nearly eight months since we redid this cushion. It is used often by young children for kneeling in a catechesis class. It has held up wonderfully and is in excellent condition. I will definitely be redoing more fabric and upholstery with chalk paint.
I love this trick I just learned, it is how to crackle chalk paint. A great way to make a piece that doesn’t have much gingerbread or interest have a lot of interest!
Here is the piece I am crackling with paint:
How to make chalk paint crackle:
1. Take a portion of your paint and place it in the fridge overnight, or over 2 nights.
2. Apply in thickly in sections.
3. Immediately hit it with a blow drier on the hottest setting at full speed.
4. Keep going over the cold paint with the hot air and you’ll see the crackles forming.
Next I will apply dark wax to really bring out the cracks and age the piece. I will cover that in part two.