A Chalk Paint Project with Folk Art Home Decor Chalks and Waxes

Old Trunk with New Chalk Paint Finish

Thanks so much to Plaid (and Blueprint Social) for sponsoring this post! The Folk Art Home Decor Chalks and Waxes were supplied to me to create this post. All opinions are my own!

I purchased a large, old trunk at a thrift store a few months ago. I’ve always had a plan to paint it and add legs to turn it into a table but I wasn’t sure what products I was going to use to give it a new look. I decided to give this old trunk a chalk paint finish using Folk Art Home Decor Chalks and Waxes and make it look super-fabulous!


The chalks feature an ultra-matte finish with one-coat coverage making them perfect for layering or distressing. The waxes add texture and depth, and buff to a soft shine all while sealing and protecting the piece!

Old Trunk with a Chalk Paint Finish-Products

I started by spray painting all of the hardware. The hardware is made as part of the trunk and cannot be removed, so I painted it right on the trunk. (I used a spray paint in a Dark Walnut color.)

Old Trunk with a Chalk Paint Finish-Hardware

Once the hardware areas were dry, I painted the top of the trunk using the Folk Art Home Decor Chalk in Glacier. The cool thing about the chalks is that they dry quickly and can adhere to most surface without any prep work! The chalks are also water-based for easy cleanup.

I wanted to reverse-stencil the top with a pretty design so I cut a piece of vinyl with my paper cutter and applied it to the top. I then painted over the Glacier color and the vinyl using White Adirondack.

Old Trunk with a Chalk Paint Finish-Reverse Stencil

I painted the entire trunk with the White Adirondack, trying my best to avoid the hardware. I did get a bit of the paint on the hardware but am still pleased with the look. The paint is really thick so I had to work quickly to get an even coat on the larger areas before it dried.

Once the paint was dry, I used a sanding sponge to remove a bit of the paint from some of the trunk areas. I added a coat of clear wax  over the entire trunk including the hardware. I used a piece of an old t-shirt to buff the wax to a shine.

Old Trunk with a Chalk Paint Finish-Side View

I added four chunky feet that I made to the bottom of the trunk, securing them in place using screws through the inside of the trunk into the feet.

Old Trunk with a Chalk Paint Finish-Front View

I think this old trunk with its new chalk paint finish looks fabulous! It will be perfect as a table with the added benefit of storage inside! For more information on Folk Art Home Decor Chalks and Waxes, connect with Plaid on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. Find fantastic inspiration using the chalks and waxes at PlaidOnline.com!

Spray Paint Transformations…

Aaah, spray paint… I truly love it. What other product is there that is inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors/finishes, and can transform virtually anything it coats? I do have my favorites (I am a frequent stalker on Rust-Oleum’s Facebook page!) and have quite a collection of cans in every color imaginable!

To me, nothing is safe from a can of spray paint! I gave my Buddha fountain a makeover using Rust-Oleum’s Multicolor Texture in Mixed Browns.


This one got the same makeover!


I painted my outdoor clock/temperature gauge with Rust-Oleum’s Metallic in Antique Brass.


I used Krylon’s Fusion for Plastic in Satin Khaki on my shutters, door trim, and screen door. What a difference!


I painted this military ammunition box with Krylon’s Metallic in Matte Aluminum to store cat food in so I can leave it outdoors. Now I don’t have to worry about the possums and raccoons getting into it!

I wanted new light fixtures for my bathroom. I found some in Oil Rubbed Bronze that would cost me $200 for four! I found the exact same style fixtures, in brass (on the same website), and they only cost me $60 for all four.I primed and painted the fixtures (Krylon’s Metallic in Sparkling Canyon). The cost of a can of spray paint was well worth the savings!


Other things I’ve done with spray paint –

  • Change the color of hardware including drawer handles, hinges, knobs
  • Transform thrift store finds into stunning accents
  • Update outdoor resin statues
  • Changed the color of flower pots and hooks
  • Painted ceiling fans (stay tuned for a post on that!)


The possibilities are endless! Give it a try… Once you see the rainbow of colors and finishes, you’ll be hooked!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!

Time to Give a Sewing Machine a Makeover

Painting an Old Metal Sewing Machine

When I received an old sewing machine cabinet for free, it also included the sewing machine. I love old sewing machines and use them regularly (yes, “them” meaning I have several). I gave the sewing machine cabinet a makeover so I thought I’d give one to the machine itself. Painting an old metal sewing machine is really quite easy!

Painting an Old Metal Sewing Machine - Completed

This is what it looked like before:

Painting an Old Metal Sewing Machine - Before

Once I removed the machine from the cabinet, I taped off the areas where I did not want paint – the throat plate, the needle and foot shaft, the presser foot lever, as well as the controls on the front. I also removed the belt from the handwheel and motor.

Painting an Old Metal Sewing Machine - Taped Off Controls

I applied a coat of rusty metal primer to the entire body of the machine, then applied two light coats of spray paint in a color I like to call “Obnoxious Pink”.

Painting an Old Metal Sewing Machine - Spray Primed

Painting an Old Metal Sewing Machine - Spray Painted

I also taped off the cord to the foot pedal and painted it as well.

I removed the tape then reinstalled the machine in the cabinet. This is not the original machine to the cabinet (even though I received it this way). Still, the color combo is fantastic!

Painting an Old Metal Sewing Machine - Finished Right View

Painting an Old Metal Sewing Machine - Finished Left View

Here are a few tips on painting an old metal sewing machine:

  • Cover up the parts you don’t want painted with painter’s tape
  • Use cotton balls to plug holes such as grease holes (for lubricating the inner parts in older machines) and the holes in the motor housing
  • Always use a spray primer, especially on metal
  • Apply the paint after priming according to the directions on the can – in my case, I could paint within an hour of priming and had to apply any subsequent coats of paint within an hour as well
  • Pick a color that suits you!

Painting an Old Metal Sewing Machine - Finished Front View

Using spray paint and primer, I gave a fabulous makeover to an old metal sewing machine (that still works!) and cannot wait to use it to sew something fabulous!

To me, painting this old metal sewing machine was a good choice… It came out great and I love it! Now I can’t wait to sew something fabulous with it!

Giving a Makeover to an Old Sewing Machine Cabinet

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover

I found an old sewing machine in a cabinet (for FREE!) last month. I love old sewing machines and the cabinets they come in because they are so awesome to use! I decided to give the sewing machine cabinet a makeover because it was looking a little worse for wear.

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Featured Image

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Cabinet Side View

I started by removing the sewing machine from inside the cabinet and let me tell you, that sucker was heavy! It is definitely all metal and perfect for heavy-duty use! I removed the top covers and the door, then sanded the cabinet down using 220 grit sandpaper.

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Cabinet Before

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Cabinet Sanded

I decided I wanted to use chalk paint to paint the cabinet and in all honesty, it was a mistake. I never seem to have good luck with chalk paint and this particular brand just didn’t work well. It was too thick, dried too quickly and showed brush strokes but since I plan on keeping the cabinet, it doesn’t matter that much. (This particular paint would be suitable for small projects but not large-scale projects!) I used two coats of the paint then sealed it with a water-based polyurethane. (As a side note, I did follow the directions on the can of paint and used a quality brush but just don’t have good luck with it!)

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Paint

On the front of the cabinet are two knobs and a faux keyhole plate. I painted all three pieces with white spray paint then put them back on the front of the cabinet. I also painted the spring buttons on the top cover and the door.

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Front Hardware

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Keyhole Plate

I replaced the door and the covers, and after a makeover of its own I replaced the sewing machine.

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Top Covers

An old sewing machine cabinet has been turned into a fabulous piece with a couple coats of paint!

Now the cabinet is ready for use in my new craft room! The sewing machine cabinet makeover was super-easy but next time, I will stick with regular paint and steer clear of the chalk paint!

An Easy Makeover for an Old Office Chair

How I Updated a Chair by Painting the Upholstery and the Chair

I bought this really nice office chair about a year ago from my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It was in really great shape but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with it – so it sat under the carport covered with sawdust and plywood scraps. I’ve seen so many tutorials on painting upholstery on a chair or sofa using chalk paint so I thought I’d give it a try… I just didn’t want it to end up being a disaster like my dresser painting fiasco!



This is what the chair looked like before… I know, the photo is a bit “shady”! The chair had tan vinyl upholstery and a brown frame. Some of the finish was coming off of the frame and the upholstery was worn in one place on the seat (luckily, no cracks or tears!)


Once the chair dried, I thoroughly sanded the frame and the upholstery with my sander. I figured that the sander would help remove some of the top layer of vinyl that was peeling.


I applied a coat of primer to the vinyl and to the wood frame. I used Kilz 2, and since it is for priming vinyl walls, it worked wonderfully on the vinyl upholstery!


Once the vinyl dried, I used a sanding sponge to smooth the primer, then mixed up my first batch of chalk paint. I painted the upholstery with Clark+Kensington paint ( two coats) in Palace of Versailles which is almost the same color as patina on copper.


For the wood frame, I used another batch of chalk paint using Clark+Kensinton in Chalk. This time I used three coats then sealed everything off with Americana Decor Creme Wax.




I really love this chair but unfortunately, it won’t fit under my desk. I could use it anyway but would have to hear the kids whine about having to squeeze between the chair and the cabinet when walking through the room. So now, she’s in The Han’s room!


Painting the upholstery on the chair was so easy and worked really well. I think that using the primer gave the paint something extra to bite into, and it should hold up for a really long time! Now I am on the lookout for another chair to paint… Have you painted upholstery? How did it work for you? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

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Add a Stunning Touch to Plain Plywood Panels

Create a Striped Panel with Stain and Plywood

I am building the Restoration Hardware Inspired 1900s Boulangerie Table from The Design Confidential. (These plans can be found here.) The plans call for different pieces of wood as the main panels on the tabletop. In an earlier post, I shared my method of making the legs out of 2x4s. Today, I will share the method I used to create a striped panel with stain and plywood.

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  • Oak plywood
  • Various wood stains (I used Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Paprika and Sunbleached, and Minwax Wood Stain in Special Walnut)
  • Frog tape or blue painter’s tape
  • Pencil and straight-edge

Any species of plywood scraps can be used. I used oak because I like the way the stain looks on it. I started by cutting my pieces to the sizes I need and thoroughly  sanding the pieces with 80 grit sandpaper, then 120, and finally with 220 to create an ultra-smooth surface.

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I lightly drew lines on the plywood in the same direction as the grain. The stripes can be as narrow or wide as desired! Next, using the Frog tape (well, blue tape too – I ran out of Frog tape!), I taped off an area or two to stain with the first color (Walnut). I drew arrows for myself indicating which “stripe” I would be painting – I tend to get confused!! 

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After I wiped the stain off, I removed the tape…

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When the first stain dried, I taped off the next set of stripes. I applied my second color of stain (Paprika). I removed the tape after wiping the stain off…

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After the second stain dried, I taped off the remaining areas and used the third stain color (Sunbleached). Then I let it completely dry overnight.

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Once the panels were dry, I sealed each of the panels with three coats of Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin. Between the second and third coat, I used 220 sand paper to smooth the surface. I let it cure completely(7 days according to the can).

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These striped panels from stain and plywood can be made for any use – why not bright colors for wall-art? Neutral colors for chair seats? The possibilities are endless! But the most important part is to be creative and HAVE FUN!

 #DIY #woodworking #build #furnitureplans

Gorgeous Wall Sconce Makeover

I found the neatest set of sconces at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They had the greatest lines and I thought they would be pretty fabulous with the right makeover. 


It is not clear from the photo but the finish on them was probably awesome back in the 80s when sponge painting was cool. They were a couple of shades of grey and tan with gold sponge painted on the fixture as well as each of the shades. I’m not sure if that particular finish would fit in the decor of any house these days but as soon as I saw them, I had an idea. They were really fabulous and I couldn’t pass them up.

I started by taking the fixtures apart and taping off the socket.


I spray painted them with Rust-Oleum’s  Rusty Metal Primer then used Rust-Oleum’s Ultra Cover Spray Paint in Satin Apple Green. 


I covered the socket covers with Mod Podge and Scrapbooking paper, then replaced the shades with new ones from Hobby Lobby (when they were half off!).


I used a jewelry punch to make holes in the leaves to add the acrylic drops.


I really wish I had a better way to stage these for photos… I plan on putting them in my flea market booth and I know if I installed them in my room, even if it is just for photos, I would never take them down! I am so in love with them!

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What do you think?

Until next time,

Happy Creating!!

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DIY Light Fixture Makeover

DIY Light Fixture Makeover

I will admit it… I am an addict. I’m not only addicted to DIY, home improvement, Rust-Oleum products, and PureBond plywood. No sirree. I am addicted to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore!

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My first trip there was about two months ago when Matt and I first started working on the Rebel house. I remember walking in the door and hearing the angels sing! OH. MY. GOSH!! It was like a DIYer’s toy store! They have everything – doors (sorted according to size and type), windows, lumber, hinges, handles, toilets, light fixtures, furniture, etc. It is fabulous!!

I have made tons of purchases there since and am on a first-name basis with the rock stars that work there. I am also excited about participating in ReStore & After, a local event benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County (Arkansas) which auctions items donated to the ReStore that have been up-cycled by local artists. As I finish each project I have committed to donating, I will publish a full tutorial on each one so stay tuned!

So anyway, one of my fabulous ReStore projects is a light fixture makeover for the Rebel house. This cute little fixture was very simple – brass with plain glass. It was a blank canvas practically begging to be made over. (Of course, I did not take a “before” photo of it fully assembled… Sorry!)

I started by disassembling the fixture. I removed the glass and taped off the sockets. 

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I used my favorite primer by Rust-Oleum, Rusty Metal Primer, and primed all of the metal parts. I then spray painted the fixture using Metallic Charcoal spray paint by Rust-Oleum, of course!

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While I waited for the spray paint to fully dry, I cut a stencil out of vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo. I applied the stencil in reverse on the back side of the glass, and used etching cream to etch the design. I chose the back side of the glass because it was totally flat where the “right” side had a bevel on the edge of the glass.

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Once I rinsed the etching cream off, I loved how it looked through the glass so I ended up using the “right” side anyway!

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I reassembled everything and covered the tubes used to hide the sockets with scrapbooking paper. I also added new (and much longer) wire and chain.

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It was a surprise for Matt and he really likes it! We haven’t been able to hook it up yet because we still have to paint the ceiling but it did hang it in place on a plant hook.

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Needless to say, I’ve been back to my favorite store on earth (*heart*) and purchased a few more light fixtures that I will be making over in the coming months. 

Do you have a ReStore in your area? Do you love it?

#DIY #woodworking #build

* This is not a sponsored post of any kind – I am not being compensated by Rust-Oleum, Silhouette, PureBond, or the ReStore for that matter, although they did ask me to mention them on my site when I showed them this fixture! It was the least I could do! *

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How to Update a Sewing Machine Case

I have several sewing machines. I have been a seamstress since I was a teenager. One of my machines is a vintage Kenmore machine. That sucker is heavy (being an all metal machine) and they certainly don’t make them like this any more. The only problem is that the hard case has yellowed with age. While this is still a fabulous machine, the cover makes it look unattractive.


Enter my handy can of spray paint… I know, I know, why on earth would I paint my sewing machine case bright turquoise blue? Because I can. I love it and I have always done things that are considered out of the realm of “normal”. (Honestly, my family doesn’t even ask anymore!) Plus, it looks pretty!! I may paint the covers for my other machines (yes, machines = plural) and then I’ll have a rainbow of prettiness!

Anyhoo, I wiped the case down with vinegar to clean it up a bit and taped off the locking clips on the sides with masking tape.


I used Rust-Oleum’s Ultra Cover 2x spray paint in Satin Lagoon. I am a huge fan of Rust-Oleum paints and wood stains! I sprayed the first coat, let it dry, the sprayed a second coat letting it dry overnight.


I used my Cameo to cut out a couple of vinyl decals for the front and back.

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What do you think?  A little too bold? Naaahh, not for me!


Until next time,

Happy Creating!!

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How to Make a Wood Sign with a Paper Background

I’ve already shared my love for my latest obsession – building chairs – but I also have been having fun making wood word signs using my Silhouette Cameo.  Today, I’ll share my “how to” on making a sign with scrap plywood (I used Purebond plywood) using scrapbooking paper as the background!

Wood Signs with Paper Background
Wood Signs with Paper Background


  • 12″ x 12″ scrap of plywood
  • 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Vinyl sign or symbol
  • Paint
  • Sanding sponge, fine grit


Start by thoroughly sanding the plywood. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge, then apply the paper smoothing it out to remove any wrinkles or bubbles. Let it dry completely.

 Paper Background 2  Paper Background 4

Apply a coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper and let it dry. This will make it easier to remove the vinyl decal. 

Paper Background 5

Use the sanding sponge to rough up the Mod Podge surface, then apply the vinyl. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the vinyl and let it dry.

Paper Background 6

Sand again, then apply the paint. I used three coats of paint to completely cover the print on the paper. Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the vinyl and lightly sand again (I know – lots of sanding!). Apply a polyurethane sealer if desired.

Paper Background 7


Attach a hanger to the back – I like to use a soda can tab with a washer and a screw.

Paper Background 1

Voila!! So cute! I have to mention that this idea came from The Han, my teenage daughter! She’s so creative… I wonder where that comes from??

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