28 Awesome Chalk Paint Ideas

28 Awesome Chalk Paint Ideas

I was recently doing some thinking about some new ideas for painting, DIY projects, home decor and of course – Chalk Paint ideas.   You know I really am amazed every time I try chalk paint on a new surface or item, and discover that it will practically stick to anything!

Sometimes though, we need a little inspiration so I thought I would do a little bit o’ brainstorming and come up with an awesome list of chalk paint ideas.

I have certainly worked on some projects using many of these chalk paint ideas, but others are  a little outside of the box but perfectly within the realm of the capabilities of chalk paint.

So I have put together this REALLY crazy list of 28 awesome chalk paint ideas.

I know many of you will scoff at some of these ideas and that is fine.  Not everyone would want to put chalk paint on some of these items, but that’s not the point.  The point is I am trying to inspire you to think a little outside of the box.  By doing so you may just find a new purpose for that old something-or-other out in your barn.

Enjoy, get thinking, start painting and also add your own crazy ideas to this post by leaving a comment below.

28 Awesome Chalk Paint Ideas

  1. Furniture (you already know this but pretty much any piece of furniture will work)
  2. Tea Kettles
  3. Mirrors (frame or on the glass)
  4. Pots
  5. Walls
  6. Refrigerators (try putting on about 3 coats and use it as a chalk board!)
  7. Candle Holders
  8. Window Frames
  9. Window Panes
  10. Wagon Wheels
  11. Doors
  12. Lamps
  13. Wood Paneling
  14. Homemade Signs (click here to see this)
  15. Vases
  16. Dog Houses
  17. Flower Pots
  18. Cabinets
  19. Decorative Ladders
  20. Wood Pallets
  21. Whiskey Barrels

  22. Milk Crates and Jugs
  23. Pumpkins For Halloween/Fall
  24. Barnchalk paint ideas - barn
  25. Clock
  26. Hat & Coat Racks
  27. Mantles
  28. Section off an area of wall in your child’s room, add 3 coats of chalk paint and let them use it as a chalkboard!


I hope you enjoyed this little post, and that it got your mind turning with all kinds of cool chalk paint ideas.

Make sure you share your ideas and leave a comment!

How To Make Custom Distressed Wooden Signs

How To Make Custom Distressed Wooden Signs

If you saw our last post you saw that we have been busy at work making some really cool distressed wooden signs for Christmas.

We have really had a blast creating these little signs.  They are easy to make and they can say anything you want them to say.  The only limits are your imagination!

So, now we come to the fun part, where we show you exactly how we make these signs so that you can do it yourself.  There are a lot of different ways you can do it and we certainly encourage you to experiment and find new and better ways to do it for yourself.  This tutorial just shows the method that we use and have found to work the best for us.

So, let’s get to it.

Here’s what you will need

  • Paint – 2 or more colors (we recommend using Chalk Paint – the official kind or the do it yourself kind that you can make cheap using our free recipe HERE
  • Paintbrushes – 1 large standard brush and 1 small lettering brush
  • Wood Slab: We used a simple pine 1×6 board from Lowes cut into 2 ft sections but you can use anything that will fit what you want your sign to look like
  • Writing Pen
  • Word Processing software, printer and paper:  We used Microsoft Word but any word processing program will work.
  • Sandpaper, Steel Wool, or Sanding Block:  You don’t need all 3.  Any of these will work
  • Furniture Wax And Cloths – We used Minwax clear furniture paste or you can use our dark wax recipe or other similar furniture wax

distressed wood signs


1) Prep And Paint The Wood

I like to do a little sanding to the edges of the board to make them rounded and smooth and not so shard and jagged.  I think this really makes the sign look better but it’s up to you.

Next paint the board.  On this one we are doing a red bottom color that we’re going to distress down to so we start by painting the board red

distressed wood signs


2) Vaseline

distressed wood signs vaseline

After the bottom coat has dried take some vaseline and smear it on the places that you want to show under top coat color (that we will paint on a little later).  The vaseline makes the top coat of color come off super easy later on so be careful where you put it. (If you want more info this method is detailed in full in our tutorial “Chalk Paint and Vaseline Method”

Add it wherever you want the sign to show wear but we recommend focusing on the edges and sides.  Then add some in other places, but don’t add really big smear marks on the front and sides as it can sometimes come out looking unnatural.

*NOTE: You can skip this part or you can use candle wax instead of vaseline.   Both of these substances make distressing much easier but you can choose not to use them and just freehand distress with the sandpaper later on if you wish.

3) Top Coat Of Paint

distressed wood signs

Now add your top coat of paint and let it dry.


4) Lettering

distressed wood signs

Ah!  Here is the tricky part you may be saying, and while it is the most tricky part of the process it is MUCH EASIER than you think!

Now, how you choose to do this is up to you.  We are not professional artists so this method is likely going to be for those of us who have a shakier hand than those with more skill.

If you have artistic ability and can paint the letters by hand please do so.   You can also choose to use stencils for your lettering.  That is fine and a little less time consuming than the method we are going to show you, but with this method you have access to nearly limitless font type and size possibilities so we really like doing it this way.

What you will need is a word processing program like Word or similar.  Just make your page orientation set to “landscape”, type your letters and then adjust the font size so that it takes up about 2/3 of the page (if you are using a 6 inch board like us).  Of course you can adjust this to fit your sign or you taste.  Remember the page will typically be 11 inches long so remember that when you are adjusting your letters.

After you get them the way you like you can go ahead and print the letters.  You may not get it exact the first time, but we have only had to reprint one time.

distressed wood signs

Next, line up the pages so your letters are where you want them to be on the sign.  Then tape the pages to the board.  We used standard painters masking tape, but anything will work okay.

Make sure the paper is flat and tight against the board with no bulges

Now take your ballpoint pen and trace the letters (with considerable pressure but it doesn’t take much)

distressed wood signs

When you are done, remove the paper and you should be able to see the indention of the letters in the wood.  Sometimes it depends on the paint color, wood and lighting to see it good but if you put enough pressure when writing you shouldn’t have much trouble.

Here is a picture of our letters after the tracing

distressed wood signs

Now you are ready to paint the letters with your small lettering brush.  It doesn’t have to be a specific type of brush just something small enough to go around the letters.

Now, again unless you are an artist this may look a little shaky at first and you may have trouble staying in the lines, but don’t worry.  When you distress the letters that shaky, imperfect lettering is really going to look authentic so hang in there and do your best.

Remember old signs were hand painted and not always by great artists so that’s the look we want anyways.

distressed wood signs

distressed wood signs


5) Distressing

Now. take your sandpaper, steel wool or whatever you have and begin scuffing the sign.  If you used vaseline or candle wax it will come off pretty easily.  Just start sanding and work at it until the piece is how you want it.

distressed wood signs


6) Waxing/Finish

When you are finished distressing you can apply a finish.  We used Minwax furniture wax on this one, but on some of our other pieces we used our secret dark furniture wax recipe.  You can get the recipe FREE HERE

distressed furniture wax



See, that wasn’t so bad.  Just add any type of hanging hardware to the back and you will be enjoying your new sign in no time.

distressed furniture wax


Thanks for coming by to see our latest tutorial.  We hope you enjoyed it.  Please come back often.

Angie & Chris

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Custom Distressed Wooden Signs For Christmas

Custom Distressed Wooden Signs For Christmas

We have just recently begun working on some really cool hand-painted distressed signs for Christmas.

We have these for sale at our booth at Granddaddy’s Antiques and soon online at www.cozyandworn.com but if you are interested we’re selling them for $16.99 each to our blog readers and visitors.

We have some really interesting and unique slogans that you’re not likely to find anywhere else.

Plus if you’re interested, we can make you a custom sign in just about any colors you wish and almost any slogan you want to see for $19.99 plus shipping.

If you don’t want to buy them from us don’t worry!  We’re planning a tutorial showing  exactly how to do them yourself.  Stay tuned for that.

Leave a comment below if you’re interested and let us know if you like these signs.

Distressed Wooden Christmas Signs

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Hello good friends!

Goodness have we have been extremely busy lately.  We have been working on launching our sales and service website www.cozyandworn.com and getting a lot of our distressed furniture pieces out on the showroom floor for sale.


Lots of work but lots of fun!

Not to mention just enjoying the great fall weather and activities with the kids.  They have enjoyed this year, maybe more than any previous year, and I have to say so have we.  We have already held a haunted trail at our house, enjoyed the annual Newsom Halloween party at Chris’ mom and dad’s, went to Trunk Or Treat at church, carved jack-o-lanterns, roasted marshmallows, watched It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Garfield’s Halloween Adventure twice each and it isn’t even Halloween yet!

Anyway, for those who have been enjoying watching our journey of painting and distressing every piece of furniture in our bedroom, we haven’t forgotten about you!

Just as a recap we have been painting our bedroom furniture in a Confederate-type gray color, accented with a Williamsburg blue, with various shades of distressed color layers in white and dark charcoal.

So far in this bedroom series we have done:

There are 4 pieces left to show you, and although they are already complete we will put a new one or two up on the site per week until they are all out there, so you can see them one at a time.

So, without further delay here is the latest piece.  This was one of our chests that was very basic in color, but has some nice design work that turned out amazing.

Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below and please share on your social sites!

We love having you as our guest.  Have a great Halloween week.

Angie and Chris

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest before and after

Hannah’s Halloween Monster Grahams!

Hannah’s Halloween Monster Grahams!

his month’s feature in Hannah’s Corner features a VERY simple and tasty treat that is sure to be a hit at your Halloween party, or just to make for the kids before sitting down to watch your favorite Halloween movie.

The pictures really tell the tale and they are super easy to make.   Hope you enjoy them!


Here’s What You Need

  • Graham Crackers
  • Candy Corn
  • Little Marshmallows
  • Frosting (choose your flavor)


First break the graham crackers in half and spread frosting over each piece


Lay pieces of candy corn across the top of the cracker.  They should stick in the frosting. 

Hannah's Monster Grahams


Add two marshmallows for eyes

Hannah's Monster Grahams


Break small pieces of candy corn off

Hannah's Monster Grahams


Dip the small pieces into the frosting and stick them on the marshmallows to use as eyeballs

Hannah's Monster Grahams


Hannah's Monster Grahams


Now stick candy corn around the bottom to form a mouth


Do the same thing and make a nose!

There you have it!  I was going to say easy as pie but it’s WAY easier than pie :)


Now, get creative and make all kinds of different faces, eyes, noses, horns and make a whole batch. 

The kids will love it!

Thanks for stopping by