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

chalk-painted cushion

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. This is not exactly the shade of red that is used for martyr’s feast days, Good Friday, etc.

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.


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.

Opinions on headboard design?

I’m making a new headboard. I know how to do it(I’ve made them before), but I don’t know what design to make it.

Out of these
http://www.headboard.co.uk/images/headboard_shapes/headboard_shapes_490.gif
I like Grosvenor, Belgrave, Cleveland, Sloane, and Bonn the most. Out of those, which do you think would look the best?

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How to make headboard?

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70161834
That is my bed, but its cut down to size, I want an open self type headboard… like cubical…
Do you have any ideas how to go about this?
I know they exist… But where can I get it?

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