Chalking It Up

I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve recently discovered the joy of chalk paint.

GotMyReservations Lucky Junk Painting Workshop

I’ve been reading people’s DIY posts about using chalk paint and I was intrigued, but never quite enough to try it myself. Then I went to a workshop at a local shop called Lucky Junk, where I took a class with Janet (the owner) and Anne (from White Lace Cottage). Eight of us learned how to use Vintage Market & Design Furniture Paint. We tried out our techniques on old frames and it was a lot of fun. Here’s the link if you are in the Chicagoland area and want to come to Arlington Heights for a class.

GotMy Reservations Lucky Junk Project Bag

When I saw this display at a local nursery — Knuppers in Palatine, Illinois — I knew that I had not only sipped the “chippy chalk paint” koolaid, I had become drunk on it. This display made me melt in my unpainted jeans. So cute — I guess I’m a convert! And now I know how to create these pretty items.

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I’ve already got a list of items to paint — my childhood Windsor chair, a pine planter box, a rummage sale wall shelf, a pink step stool I plucked from a neighbor’s trash, and my broken-but-patched cupid outdoor sculpture. All of these would benefit from a little TLC with chalk paint and wax.

I can’t wait to start! I am definitely a chalk paint convert.

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10 thoughts on “Chalking It Up

    • This paint was really easy to use and I have just the right photo to put into the completed frame.

    • From Lowe’s web site where I learned I could make my own “chalk paint” with any color: http://www.lowes.com/cd_DIY+Chalk+Finish+Paint_1377557907883_

      “The chalk-finish paint that we’re showing here was made by blending a flat latex paint with plaster of Paris (powdered gypsum), and water. The resulting thick-body paint goes on as easy as regular paint, but adds the look of an antique finish — with or without distressing. Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, a chalk-finish paint surface can be left with a matte finish or rubbed for a more satiny look. Everyone from decorators to homeowners appreciates its ease of application and ability to add color to a room without time-consuming sanding, filling, and priming.”

      • Thanks! Maybe it’s the colors they used on the Lowe’s examples but I am not into this. Too shabby chic for me…

        • It’s a little shabby chic for me, too. I’m still intrigued by how it can complement my antiques.

  1. Look out! Your “to paint” list is going to keep getting longer and longer. How do I know? I’ve been bitten by the chippy paint bug, too. Isn’t chalk paint fun? I can’t wait to see your transformations. :-)

    • My paint list now includes the wooden candlesticks that I have collected but forgot about. You’re right, Kim; there are endless possibilities.

  2. Can’t wait to see how your creations turn out! I haven’t jumped on the chalk paint train yet. That Annie Sloan paint is SO expensive!!! I’ve convinced myself I can get through without it…although deep down that is NOT how I really feel! :-)

    Cute picture!!! Have fun with your creating!!

    • The Vintage Market paint is less expensive than Annie Sloan and I bought a container. From the workshop, it seems like it will go pretty far.

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