Halloween Jacks

Saturday morning and it is a glorious day. I have a little surprise for you today. With so little “art time” on my hands these days I have to carefully choose what I want to work on. For the last three years I have been transforming dollar store plastic pumpkins into unique one of a kind Halloween Art Jacks.

Yes, each one does require a lot of time, but boy are they great fun and the sky’s the limit. You know what I am talking about when I say dollar store pumpkin. They look like this:

orange pumpkin

So, yes this is what I was talking about. The orange buckets that are everywhere this time of year. They are perfectly nice, but you know me I can’t leave well enough alone.

Without further ado let me show you the upgraded orange plastic pumpkin


I love this face. I might translate this face to a snowman series.


And yes, he has his trusty mousetrap. You know for those late night snacks.


This one looks like a voodoo scary man. I got the sparkly top hat back at 4th of July. It had a plastic flag wraparound that was easily removed. Add the spider and voila, Halloween.


See what I mean by voodoo. Looks like he might cast a spell on you!


Ah yes, the would be Pumpkin King. He tries, but none of the other pumpkins really listen. Alright, so I have an imagination. Remember, this kind of art is for FUN.


Looks like the “King” has his life history on his back


I only have a picture of two from last year. I get in such a hurry, I forget to take pictures.


This is one of last year’s little guys. So sweet.


didn’t quite have a steady hand when I took this last year. I was probably in a big hurry, as usual.


The above is a picture of my free library stacks I got back in April. As you can see it is now October and are they built in or painted white like I intended. No and no.

I can’t get Mr. Understanding interested in this project and I need his awesome skills to complete this project. What can I say, he is so understanding.


Just imagine beautiful white shelves. They are coming.

Ok, next couple are pics are from when I was at Target the other day. I took these for inspiration only. Once I looked at the price I knew I would not be buying them, but (hehe) I might be knocking them off in some fashion or form.



Here is a Witchy project I completed recently. I took a Halloween posters and amped it up a few notches. The back board is an old cabinet door I painted to look aged. I then added the poster and did a little more painting to blend it with the cabinet door. I love it. What do you think? I did another one with a different poster, but did I take a picture, no. Sorry


Now for a few Family photos. Oh, so you thought maybe the one above was a family member? Very funny, just wait until you see the next ones.


I have always been enthralled by this picture. This is my eldest sibling. This was taken during the time when you made your own costumes. I am sure someone made this outfit especially for her or who knows maybe it was a hand me down. I should find that out? I don’t know what she was supposed to be exactly, but it is classic as far as I am concerned

I will have to drag out some of our old costumes and show them to you. Well, yes I have saved so many of the old costumes,  doesn’t everyone?

Here is the young’un modelling a mask for me. I thought I might be able to use it on one of my Pumpkin Jacks, but I wanted to see how it look on a human head first. Interesting.


I don’t know who this guy is below. I was just playing around with a picture I took at Southern Crossing. I did a little editing with picmonkey.com. If you haven’t ever used this photo editor, it is easy fun and free. Just thought I would tell you that. Right now they have some cool Halloween editing you can use on your photos. Just saying.


Hope you enjoyed this little Halloween romp. Enjoy the day. I hear the birds singing outside so I am on my way out.


My Sunday Garden History and Statues

What a beautiful day we are having here in North Florida. The birds are whistling the sky is an incredible blue, there is a gentle cool breeze and we have the windows all open. Rare, I tell you. It is usually either to humid or way to hot for open windows.

I would take a walk about the yard to show you some of what’s blooming, but we have had an incredible amount of rain this past week (6 inches) and so the ground is pure mush. You may or may not know here in Florida when you dig down you hit water at about 3 feet so when we have a lot of rain there is not much place for the water to go.

I had a few minutes this past week to stop and take a couple of pictures (with my Samsung tablet) I have been carrying my camera around, but left it at home on the day I had time to take pictures.

The first couple are of San Marco Square. 1SanMarco This is a picture I got off of a Jacksonville Historical Website. See the fountain right there in the middle. This area was developed in 1925


Here is the fountain as it appears today. The Lions weren’t added until 1997. The original design for San Marco was after Venice’s Piazza San Marco. It is a lovely part of town full of trendy little shops and restaurants and lots of historical homes. twolions




Pretty awesome, don’t you think?

I also, stopped by Memorial Park in Riverside. The next photos are of a bronze statue titled “Life” This park was completed in 1924 and was designed by the Olmsted Bros who also designed Central Park

memorial park


Just look at that beautiful Florida blue sky. There are Eagle statues flanking the main statue


This is a great park right on the St. Johns River. A nice place for a picnic or to let the kids run around.

I just love these wonderful parks we have here in town, just don’t get enough time to enjoy them. Ok, now I want to show you a little more history. This is family history. I was up in Georgia this past week and had a chance to take some pictures of family.

The first one is a picture of my mother, her sisters, mother and my sister. I believe this is circa 1956, before I was born, at a time when my sister was an only child. What do you think? My sweet Aunt Roseanne is on the right of my sister.


My mother is on the left of my sister ( the little cute one standing up). My Grandmother is in the back and on the far left is my lovely Aunt Marty. She is the one who painted the rocks I showed you here

Here is a picture of my Dad with one of his all time favorite cars, and my sister again before I was born.

dads car

That’s enough of my sister. Just kidding. Ok, fast forward to say 1969 – Morrocco. Even though this is a picture of me, the story is about my sister. She got to take horse back riding lessons in the morrocan countryside from a lovely English lady while I got to ride the —-donkey. Who would not budge.  He acted like it was his first time every to nibble fresh Spring greens. What fashion style I had in those days. Not.

me and the donkey

When we first got to Morrocco we lived in a hotel for several months. Mary Poppins the movie had come out and I loved it. My Mother came up with the idea to recreate a scene from the movie. Me as Mary Poppins, my brother as the “Chimney Sweep” and my little sister well, as herself. We are standing on the roof top of the Mamora Hotel in Kenitra Morrocco. My Mother was always so creative
mary poppins

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your Sunday. Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the statues we have around town. Oh, the picture at the top of this post is my sister and “her gang.” My sister is towards the right, hands down and looking directly at the camera. Got to love these vintage family photos.







Vintage Friday – Aluminum Patio Furniture

Big Breath, let it out slowly……It’s finally Friday. Now I don’t know how your schedule is these days, but we here at Three Painted Owls just do not have enough down time. It is Summer we are supposed to be laid back and lazy. Not.

Instead we try to grab every ounce of daylight, that is when we are not working our tails off. Ok, yes, we have been getting down to the beach, as evidenced by some of my recent posts, but not enough that’s for sure.

Since we are wanting to kick back what would be better for this Friday than some mid-century aluminum and wood patio furniture.

First, I want to tell you this funny little thing. To show you these pictures today I had to snap the shots, right? Well, I didn’t want to just take a picture, of course not, I have to stage my shot.

Ok, so I get home around 8 pm last night. You gotta love Summer, it is still daylight at 8 pm. Awesome.

Anyway, I get home and start taking things out to get my shot and I have to say, it looks really cute. I will show you in a minute. Hold your horses. So, I get it all set up take the shots and then I think, this is really nice so, I sit down and enjoy the sunset. Well, about that time who comes outside? Mr. U of course and what does he say? What are you doing with all that awesome stuff (read between the lines awesome stuff = junk) here in the front yard and why are you just sitting there?

Did I ever mention, he is so understanding? Well, I think to myself, doesn’t he remember my little ol’ blog that I love so much and doesn’t he see this beautiful sunset and doesn’t he know we are supposed to be trying to enjoy the Summer before it slips away? Nope, he just wants to know if I am leaving all that stuff out there? He is so understanding.

I would love to leave “the stuff” out there, but I am going to sell this awesome set so I don’t want it to get icky. That’s what happens when you leave stuff outside in Florida it gets icky. You know blazing sun, rain, sun, rain, sun…. get the picture?

Ok, enough said the first pictures are my things and then I found some more pictures and the only credit I can give on them are ebay and etsy. I did try to go to the etsy, but I guess their store is closed. Enjoy.


Told you this stuff is awesome. Nice folding chair and a great fold up rolling cart. Perfect for a cook out and so light weight.


The next ones are like I said ebay and an Etsy one. Bet you can figure out the Etsy.




Yep, if you guessed this last one for Etsy, you are right. The prices that I have seen personally on this outdoor furniture is very reasonable, so if you are a mid-century decorator you should definitely indulge.

Now for that sunset I was mentioning earlier.


No rain this afternoon so we had a great sunset and one more summer picture. I will show more of these on Sunday


Summer flowers, love them.

Alright, one last tidbit. I am working on projects. Here is an almost before. I painted it before I thought about taking a picture. This is made out of metal. Lucky 7. I will show you the finished sometime next week.


Enjoy the day and find somewhere to sit and relax for a minute.









Vintage Friday – Needlepoint and Other Nonsense

Crewel, embroidery, needlework, needlepoint, petit point, and the stuff from the 70’s. What is the difference? I want to show you some needlepoint made by my Great Grandmother, but first I had to look up the correct terminology.

needlepoint – Decorative needlework on canvas, usually in a diagonal stitch covering the entire surface of the material.

I had no idea there were so many different terms for these things. I now know it depends on what type of material, needles, yarn, thread, etc.

The ones I have for you today were stitched by my Great Grandmother. This was one of her favorite activities and when I think of her, I always envision her with her needlepoint in her lap.

The first one is part of a set of which I have one and my niece the always lovely Jessica Claire has the other.

Blue Boy – looks fairly simple until you get a close-up look. The face is done in what would be called petit point. That I understand, and one of his hands I get it, but what I don’t get is why she did his knee that way?


check out the stitches on the knee

check out the stitches on the knee

I also have a couple of pillows that she made. What amazes me is the staying power of the colors. I know the yarn is a wool, but I don’t know what process was used for dying the yarn, but whatever, was used the colors have really held up.


This pillow is my favorite a) because it was made by someone I loved b) Awesome pinks c) it has a flower motif



The next ones I have picked up at different places. I feel bad when I see someone’s handmade works at the thrift store. I always wonder why they were given away. I know, I am just a sentimental sop and yes, I do collect up other peoples stuff that….. I eventually sell to someone else to love.

I am just about sure my boys will not appreciate the stuff I have held onto from my Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers and it will end up in the thrifts and… I don’t want to think about it right now. Let’s just enjoy what we have today.

I don’t know what the 70’s needle work kits were called. I do know this stuff is back in style and I can see why. I like the whimsical look of the flowers.




I just got these horses. I am taking them up to my space at Southern Crossing. Wouldn’t they look cute in little boy’s room?




Don’t the horses remind you of a paint-by-number? Just saying.

This next one for some reason reminds me of the seashore. I want to make it into a pillow. Don’t laugh it could happen.



Hope you enjoyed taking a peak at my Vintage needlework today. Hopefully, next week I will have time to dig a little deeper. This week I was tied up at a conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I know poor me. Me and my hotel room.


Well, this is all I got to see while I was there besides a conference room that is for…. 11 hours a day.




Sad, huh?  The hotel parking lot and the golf course which we did not get to use. I really wanted to get down to the beach, which was about 20 minutes away. Not. Side note, Mr. U and the youngster evidently had a great time while I was gone – no one bossing them around. Well, I am back. Just saying.

Yeah, for being home. Enjoy.




Vintage Friday – Sentimental Collecting and a Trip to Southern Crossing

What kind of collector are you? After months of posting Vintage Friday, I can clearly see that I am a sentimental collector. I love things that belonged to my ancestors and I really like to collect vintage items that remind me of my Grandparents and parents. When I find items similar to what I remember my grandparents having in their homes it gives me a warm sentimental feeling.

How about you? What is the reason you collect vintage? I would love to hear from you.

I want to show you an awesome letter that my Great Uncle Buck wrote to my Grandmother on February 7, 1927. My Grandmother would have been 21 and by the content of the letter it looks like her brother Buck was still in school. Sorry, I will have to ask my Dad how many years younger Buck was than my Grandmother.

The letter was written Feb 7, 1927 a Monday night from Greensboro, GA

Dear Mary I have been vaccinated last week and it hurts.

And I can’t spell to save my life

All that aren’t vaccinated have to stop school.

And mother has a bad cold and I have been going barefooted.

And I did not have to stop school

And I made B in reading and B in arithmetic and I no you are ashame of me.

And I made a in everything else.

And I am going to do even better next time.

And my arm hurts under my shoulder

I want to ask you something is it better to wear one of those shield or not

Write to me some times.

Love, Buck.

Isn’t that an awesome letter,  and I love all the “ands.”




I guess it must have been really something for him to be going barefooted in February.

This is written on about a 5×7 piece of school paper front and back. I am going to frame it because it is getting fragile. The pictures don’t really show how yellow and fragile the paper really is. He was either getting a smallpox vaccine or TB since both of these came out in 1927.

Next I want to show you a lipstick case I picked up somewhere. My Aunt Marty collected these type of things and that is probably why I have it.



Pretty cool. It has a little mirror that flips up so you can take a look at your lips. I don’t know if you can still buy lipstick refills.

Oh, and guess what? I have another one of those double sided books. I just love these things. I have always been a reader, but I don’t remember having any books like this when I was a kid.

another double

Alright, let’s go take a look around Southern Crossing.

pink monkey lamp

What do you think about the pink monkey lamp and the silver elephant?

red dresser

Cute little red dresser

I know this next one looks like a display for the booth, but it is for sale. Wouldn’t it look cute in an entryway or tucked into a little nook.


Now this one is not cubbies, but don’t you like the way she has painted the back of the shelf blue.


Well again, not a true cubby but the way she has the items displayed by keeping to certain colors – red and turquoise (one of my favorite color combo) really draws your eye up and down the whole shelf as you skip from one red item to the next.


Alright, let’s forget about the cubby thing. The next shelf has been painted an awesome turquoise color, now couldn’t you just imagine that with some great red pieces interspersed?


Ok enough talking lets just look




bed springs



luggage and dishes


You could spend all day in this place and you still wouldn’t see it all. Enjoy the day and Happy Friday the 13th.

OOps, almost forgot. I want to show you this vintage wringer washer up at Southern Crossing. The sign says it would be great as a party cooler and I have to agree.


Love it.


Vintage Friday – Look What We Found

Wow. Where has the week zipped off to? We had a garage sale this past weekend at a friend’s house (Jeno)  and today I am having another sale at my house. Last weekend was beautiful not to hot weather. Today it is stinking hot outside 90 by 11:00 am

Jeno got this out to show me but, said he could not part with them....yet

Jeno got this out to show me but, said he could not part with them….yet

Who is Jeno? He is a friend of mine. I took some of my treasures to his house this past weekend for a garage sale

Jeno and Christine. Christine was buying. She is another friend from Southern Crossing

Jeno and Christine. Christine was buying. She is another friend from Southern Crossing

Here is some of the great stuff she bought from us

oyster shell mirror

oyster shell mirror

vintage croquet set

vintage croquet set

Jeno also had this nice oak dresser.

It is old and the drawers were sticking a little bit. People kept looking at it and mentioning the sticky drawer but, you know your drawers are probably going to stick a little when you get old. We couldn’t get a buyer. What! It was only $75 bucks, what is wrong with people, I ask you?

oak dresser

oak dresser

Take a look at these vintage elf heads

No one could see the vision on these either.

wouldn't these look great in a large glass jar

wouldn’t these look great in a large glass jar

You know these elf heads could be used for two holidays, Halloween (gruesome) or Vintage Christmas (sweet)

It was a fun day so I decided, why don’t I have a sale at my house this next weekend (today and tomorrow)

got my signs out

got my signs out

some of my stuff

some of my stuff

I did have a DIY this week but, sorry I only took a picture when I finished. I will tell you how I did it so you can do it to.

Ok here is a pic of the DIY I did this week. No it is not a weddingDIY but, still pretty awesome if you ask me.

faux metal car wall art

faux metal car wall art

I started with a gaggle of matchbox type cars. Yes, more than 10 toy cars is a gaggle. Look it up:) Find yourself a frame. I got lucky this one had a torn up panoramic picture in it and was just the right height for the cars.

How often do you have something that fits exactly? Not often. Anyway, find yourself a frame and a bunch/gaggle of little cars

Glue the cars onto or into the frame. I used my favorite glue E6000. Wait for the glue to dry. This is the hardest part for me.

Once the glue was dry I gave the whole thing a coat of white spray paint. I then asked Mr. U and the youngster what did they think?

They both gave it a thumbs down. Said it looked unfinished. Said it should have some color. What, I just painted over the color. I am trying to elevate these little cars to art status. What do they know. Why did I ask them?

Ok, so the next step was to give the whole thing a coat of aluminum silver spray. Now it looked a little to shiny for me and I did not want a showroom new look since these are “used” cars.

What to do, brush on a coat of black acrylic and then start rubbing it back off. Adds a nice depth to the nooks and crannies.

Voila. I did not ask Mr. U and the youngster this time. I like the way it looks and after all, I am the artist, aren’t I? Ok, let’s see if the customers of Southern Crossing think it is as awesome as I do.


Messed around at my booth a little bit this week

Looks like I must be having "beach thoughts"

Looks like I must be having “beach thoughts”

Oh, I went to a salvage sale and bought 4 seven foot tall “good bones” library stacks. I am so excited, I can’t wait to show you this project. I am bound and determined to have my built-ins. I think this is a great start with the stacks. And the best part, I got them for $1 each. That is not a typo. One American dollar for each one. Next step, get them painted.

$1 each Woohoo

$1 each Woohoo

Did some cooking



and do you know I must have been punished for the great buy on the stacks, because I spent 4 hours of my week waiting on one train or another.

I can’t get to the other side of town without crossing at least 4 busy train tracks. It would not be so bad but, they stop and off load cars which means you just sit and wait. I tried to get around one this morning by taking a “short cut” but because the train was stopping to let the bridge down over the river my so called short cut was backed up to.  Grrrr. I need to remember to bring along a book.

waiting, waiting, wai.....

waiting, waiting, wai…..

And to round the week off the youngster has reinjured his knee and is going to have another MRI. 😦
Enjoy whatever you do this weekend.

Mother’s Day – The Gloves are Off

Mother’s Day a time to celebrate the women in our lives. We all get caught up in the everyday rush of things but, on Mother’s Day we need to slow down a bit and thank the woman who has cheered us when others haven’t, given us those words of encouragement that everything is going to be ok, nagged us, pushed us, …you get the picture. I am sure most of us can visualize this lady, she might not have been the one who birthed you but, she is the one who has always been there for you.

Here at Three Painted Owls we know a wonderful woman who is a great mom, wife, sister, daughter, and an awesome friend. We wanted to give her a little treat for Mother’s Day so we set up a photo shoot this week for her and her two daughters. Here’s to you, Maggie. Happy Mother’s Day to you and all the other Mothers out there.

We also had a wonderful photographer this week. Katie Harrison from KH Lifestyle Photography was gracious enough to take on this last minute request. Thank you Katie.

Thanks Katie for the wonderful photos

Thanks Katie for the wonderful photos

We set this shoot up at Maggie’s home. We wanted to have a little fun so, we had the girls and Maggie don their white gloves and for Maggie, a tiara. After all it is Mother’s Day.


What could be better. Everyone had on their white gloves and we pulled out our mix and match china. Ok, the tea set is a little tarnished but, that’s not the point is it?



these cookies look great. guess what? shhh, we got them at the dollar store

these cookies look great. guess what? shhh, we got them at the dollar store

We set the table with what we had. That was the fun of it. Use what you have. Pull out the stuff you have for that “special occasion.” What day could be more special than Mother’s Day?


Sarah was worried about getting chocolate on her gloves. Who cares. I mean how often are you wearing these gloves. We got them at the thrift store, need I say more? Fun


We got a bunch of daisies from the grocery store. Sarah really liked the little daisy crown we made for her. Just another way to make the day special for Mom.


Aww, mom.


I don’t think Molly was quite into this when we first got started but, it looks like she is having a great time and what a beautiful young woman. Thanks Molly.


Molly pouring tea for Mom.


Just having fun.


Ok, fun is fun but, let’s take the gloves off and show the real thing


See, you don’t have to get all fancy to just spend a little time with mom.


Cheers to you, Mom.


It was a picture perfect day.



Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. We have the table set for you. Enjoy.

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Vintage Friday – It’s Hot Out There

It has been super hot here this week. Temperatures have been in the mid 90’s. I was just complaining about rain now it’s heat. Never happy:) Since it is so hot, I want to cool you down with this icebox I saw this week. Of all places this thing was at Haven Hospice thrift store. For a mere $200 American dollars it can be yours.

These type of items have a great aesthetic appeal but, I would not want to have to use one

These type of items have a great aesthetic appeal but, I would not want to have to use one

It's a Cavalier

It’s a Cavalier

made to last

made to last

the latch still was working great

the latch still was working great

When I was making the rounds this week, I found another one of those double books.

Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer a great combonation

Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer a great combonation



I saw this little red beauty at a local antique mall. It is a lot newer than the icebox but, it is kind of funny that now it is really just a large paper weight. It certainly does not have a place for a cable jack and I don’t think it could pick up wireless. It was probably a pretty pricey item when it came out.

How much is that doggy in the window?

How much is that doggy in the window?

I made a lot of stops this week. When I was at the Humane Society Thrift they had all these little dogs in a case and it made me think of the song – How much is that….oh $1.00 now we know the answer. If you don’t know the song…..

Aren't these pretty. I love anything peacock.

Aren’t these pretty. I love anything peacock.

I had these peacocks in my home for quite a while but, had to make a little room. they are vases. Behind their tail feathers is a vase

Just to wind it up, I wanted to show you a couple transformations of my space at Southern Crossing.

My booth at Southern Crossing

My booth at Southern Crossing

Again my booth

Again my booth

Things move pretty quickly here so I am always adding new items. See the “stone wall” I am painting.

Tomorrow I will be posting the photos from the Mother’s Day photo shoot we did earlier in the week so come back then and take a look.


Vintage Friday – Dusty Ol’ Stuffy

Well everything I got out to show you today was dusty. First, I took pictures dust and all because I thought “it’s vintage so nobody is going to mind a little dust” Right? Wrong. When I started looking at the pictures all I could see was the dust.

I did clean up some of them and retook pictures but, it’s raining again today so… I don’t know what that has to do with anything except it makes me want to curl up with a good book. It sure doesn’t make me want to dust.

Once again I have a few things that belonged to my Grandmother King. I am amazed she had so much stuff because that lady kept her house spick and span.

I have a picture of her father taken in 1926 down in Orlando, Florida. He sent her the picture and a sweet little card. She would have been 20 years old in 1926.


Ben Hill Cawthon born 1876

Ben Hill Cawthon born 1876

Below is how Orlando would have looked in 1926. This is South Orange Ave. The picture shows some neon signs which evidently the first neon signs were imported from France in 1922


This is Orange Ave

This is Orange Ave

The picture of my Great Grandfather was taken on this street

this is on the back of the picture folder

this is on the back of the picture folder

I never saw my Grandmother wear very much jewelry but, here is some costume stuff she had

Isn't the turquoise and silver bracelet right in style today

Isn’t the turquoise and silver bracelet right in style today

She also had this little tiny ring. The setting is called a basket setting

Look at the little filigree hearts.

Look at the little filigree hearts.

I don’t know who gave her this ring since I never saw it until she passed away

must have been a sweetheart ring

must have been a sweetheart ring

One more pretty pearl necklace

this looks like some of trends of today's jewelry

looks like some of today’s trends in jewelry

My Grandfather's Sears Silvertone radio

My Grandfather’s Sears Silvertone radio


One more thing I want to show you today is this awesome piece of art created by my Aunt Marty.

You have to click on these pictures and make them bigger so you can see the awesome details of this piece.

pine loveit wowo

This is made from rocks. She made it back in the 70’s. The colors still look pretty awesome today. It is only about 6 inches tall so that tells you those are little tiny rocks all individually painted and glued on the larger rocks.

Have a great weekend and if you can’t find anything else to do….go dust 🙂 Enjoy



I’m Telling You it’s Like Magic – DIY Chalk Paint

I love painted furniture I hate painting furniture, that is until I discovered how to make chalk paint. Yes, I know there are many sites out there giving you the recipe for DIY chalk paint but, I feel the need to put in my two cents.

This simple recipe makes painting furniture well, fun. Painted furniture is still a hot trend and the customers at Southern Crossing can’t seem to get enough of it.

I started off painting furniture with a paint sprayer that Mr. Understanding bought for me as a Christmas present. What? Well, I was not pleased… and so the thing sat in the closet for about 4 maybe 5 years. I mean would you want a paint sprayer for Christmas? All I could think was gee thanks, just what I wanted. My second thought was how could he buy me something that is just going to make a big mess and you do know you have to clean those things after you use them.

Well, one day after sanding and painting and sanding and painting and brushstrokes all over the place….I decided I would give the stupid sprayer a try.

Oh my, that thing was wonderful. Nice even coats, no dripping, beautiful. I was hooked, at least until I had to clean up. Now, it wasn’t so bad but, I am the kind of person that wants to do as little clean up as possible what can I say, it’s just the way I am. Making messes equals fun. Cleanup equals work.

I have used that sprayer now for about 3 years and I still love it but, I like to change it up and so I went to spray paint. Yum, the new spray paints out there are really nice. They dry quick, don’t seem to run and the colors are lovely. The turquoise and ocean blue colors are very popular along with orange or red and of course black and white.

As much as I like my sprayer and the easy spray paints, I absolutely love DIY chalk paint. This stuff sticks like glue.

Materials you will need for this project:

  • Any color flat latex paint
  • unsanded tile grout
  • or plaster of paris
  • paint brush
  • stirrer
  • small plastic containers
  • tablespoon
  • sand paper
  • paste wax

You can use any flat latex paint.

For the lighter colors I have been using plaster of paris instead of the tile grout.

You can find plaster of paris at Lowes and it is less expensive than buying it at a craft store. It comes in a container that looks like a paper milk carton.

For the darker colors paints I use the black unsanded tile grout.

The recipe is one cup of paint to 2 tablespoons of plaster of paris (PoP) or grout.

  • Pour a cup of paint into a small plastic container (I use 9oz plastic disposable cups)
  •  Stir the grout/PoP into the paint. Don’t worry if it has any little lumps you can work those out when you paint
  • If the paint doesn’t look thick enough, just add a little more grout/PoP. The consistency you are looking for is that of a nice thick milkshake

Once you get the consistency, start brushing it on. You don’t have to be perfect.

Because of the grout the paint will start drying pretty quickly.

Why only make a cup at a time? Because it drys up quickly.

Let the paint dry and then put on another coat. You may have some little lumps and bumps but that is ok.

Once the second coat is dry get out your sander and yes, Mr. Understanding gave me one of those for some other holiday/birthday. Got to love him.

Ok, now sand using 100 grit sandpaper. Just sand til it is smooth or if you want the shabby look sand down to the wood on the edges, your choice.

If you like the look, stop if not paint on another coat, dry and then sand again.

Once you get it like you want, You will need to put a coat of wax over the paint to keep it from getting scratched. I just use a Johnson paste wax that I get from Lowes.

The finish is a very soft smooth look.
What else? This is a very simple process and the finished look is outstanding.
The chalkboard in the top picture was painted with black flat latex mixed with black unsanded tile grout.


Here are some pictures of furniture and things I have painted with this DIY chalk paint

This old vanity was painted with several coats of DIY chalk paint and then waxed

This old vanity was painted with several coats of DIY chalk paint and then waxed

That is one thing I want to tell you. This paint will cover up that old dark stain that is on a lot of this old furniture. It does not bleed through. Love it
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Sweet little side table. I think this was a handmade table from the 40's or 50's had ugly dark stain

Sweet little side table. I think this was a handmade table from the 40’s or 50’s had ugly dark stain


Mirror painted with white DIY chalk paint. I didn't even take out the mirror. Just used a razor blade to easily scrape off any paint on the mirror.

Mirror painted with white DIY chalk paint. I didn’t even take out the mirror. Just used a razor blade to easily scrape off any paint on the mirror.

Remember this project? DIY chalk paint

Remember this project? DIY chalk paint

If you want to try something new, DIY chalk paint might be the way to go.  Enjoy