Louis Blue chalk paint project – jewelry armoire makeover

This jewelry armoire used to be a cherry color and I had grown tired of it. Over three years ago now I redid this piece in Louis blue with clear waxing, hand distressing, and dark wax antiquing.

Using chalk paint on fabric (yes this can be done!)

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!

The cushion I will paint with chalk paint

I used primer red chalk paint and diluted it slightly on the brush with water before applying it to the fabric.

Applying to paint to fabric

This is what the cushion looked like after one coat of chalk paint.

Primer red chalk paint on fabric

I could still see the fall scene underneath the paint so it was time for a second coat.

Primer red chalk paint on fabric

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.

How to crackle 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:

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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.

crackled, paint, chalk, do, yourself.

Next I will apply dark wax to really bring out the cracks and age the piece. I will cover that in part two.

Distressing chalk paint using water, refurbishing an old mirror using old white

Our neat old mirror before we refurbished it using old white chalk paint and water distressing with a soft T-shirt rag.

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We threw on one medium heavy coat of old white chalk paint on the Darkwood so some of the darkness would show through.

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Then we hand distressed the paint using a damp T-shirt rag.

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After a thin layer of clear wax was applied and buffed out, it was ready to hang.

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Chalk paint before and after – duck egg blue picture frame

Chalk paint before and after: painting a picture frame in duck egg blue

The picture frame before I painted it with chalk paint.

What the picture frame look like chalk painted in duck egg blue.

This picture frame is 8 x 10 size is actually made out of a plastic polymer material.

The chalk paint went on smoothly and beautifully.

Painting the picture frame with chalk paint. .

I only needed to use one coat of duck egg blue.

distressing chalk paint with a damp cloth.

I then distressed the frame with a damp cloth to bring some of the gold through.

Duck egg blue and gold painted frame.

This is what the frame looked like right before I clear waxed it.

Big blue chalk paint before putting on Clear wax.

My photoframe, completed and chalk painted, after clear waxing and buffing.

chalk painted picture frame.