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.

Delicate Pink Chalk Painted Frame for Child’s Room

Chalk paint for kids room.

I wanted to make something “with my own two hands” for my little girls room, she is 3 and pink is her favorite color!  I had also never mixed my own chalk paint color before, and, I thought, this would be a good opportunity.  My mom had this great resin frame that looked ugly, just gathering dust.  So – I made it beautiful again!… Continue reading “Delicate Pink Chalk Painted Frame for Child’s Room”

How to Paint a Pumpkin – Decorating with White Pumpkins

My beautiful Fall table decorations using my painted pumpkins.

I saw these stunning photos of different types of pumpkins arranged for fall decorating in the latest Pottery Barn catalog.  I fell in love…instantly.  One of the focal points were these beautiful mercury glass pumpkins…I have a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old…I try to minimize breakables around the house, especially on kid accessible surfaces!  So, I decided to try to make my own faux mercury glass pumpkins after finding this incredible post Continue reading “How to Paint a Pumpkin – Decorating with White Pumpkins”

Who’s Afraid of the Big Dark Wax? (The KEY to Antiquing Chalk Paint!)

Chalk painted and Antiqued Cherub angel.

I was!  I was afraid to use the dark wax on my pristinely chalk painted furniture!  But, now that I’ve used it a few times and have seen what it can do to make a chalk paint project come to life – I love it!  One of my favorite steps in repurposing a piece of furniture.

So you too can appreciate the magic, I will share some before dark wax and after dark waxing photos… Continue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Big Dark Wax? (The KEY to Antiquing Chalk Paint!)”

Chalk Paint Colors

Chalk Paint Color Chart.

There are currently 26 different colors of Annie Sloane chalk paint that come in 1 quart pots.  However, you can always mix your own unique colors as well.  This is especially easy to do by using Old White with any of the colors.  In this post I will focus on the original 24 chalk paint colors.  In a future post, coming soon, I will demonstrate how I did some custom chalk paint color mixing using 2 colors to make a 3rd unique delicate pink color for the project I was working on… Continue reading “Chalk Paint Colors”

Weathered Old Frame Refurbished with Chalk Paint

My frame finished and in all its glory!

This poor old wooden picture frame was just languishing in a pile of dusty, dirty, spider webbed old frames at an estate sale.  It called to me from near the bottom…”Michelle, Michelle, pick me up!”  I did, thought it might have potential, and, it did!!!  I refurbished the frame, complete with distressing and antiquing, I show photos of the process and outline the steps below… Continue reading “Weathered Old Frame Refurbished with Chalk Paint”