Adding Fall With DIY Chalk Paint

by Sherry
I am really enjoying seeing all of your Fall decorating and I had to get busy adding Fall to our house.
Many of you know our family room is already decorated in Fall colors with the green walls and painted faux leather ceiling.  Though I do love the room this time of year, the dark colors make it hard to get a decent picture.  Add the overcast days and there is no chance of a good picture.
I couldn’t wait any longer to show you what I have been up to.
See the new mirrors?



In the picture below you can see how the colors on the mirrors tie in with the ceiling.
Below is how the mirrors looked when I bought them.  I knew the black frames would have to go so they were painted with the homemade chalky paint.  No sanding or priming and two coats covered the black shellac finish.
Here is another victim of the DIY chalky paint.
The $3.00 GW urn above is plaster and had a high gloss paint finish originally.  I painted it with white paint mixed with calcium carbonate.  I must say the calcium carbonate powder is my favorite additive just because it is a finer powder than Plaster of Paris. Several of you have asked where I bought it and here is the link Swanson Vitamins.
I wanted the urn to look like an old terracotta one so I mixed some brown and orange craft paint and added it in spots to look like it had been chipped.  In the picture the spots look red but in person they are  terracotta colored.  Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze was applied and quickly wiped off.
I made an arrangement for the dining room using things I already had.  The gourds tied to
a rope are a favorite and they were purchased at Michaels after Thanksgiving sale last year.
I added this simple arrangement on our kitchen table using a wine basket and large pine cones.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the new paint projects and Fall decor.  I’ll see you Wednesday evening for the Open House Party.

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Mandy September 26, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Looks great! Love all the DIY updates 🙂 Don't you love a good chalk paint recipe!

Take Care!

sissie September 26, 2011 - 12:38 pm

Hi Sherry,
I'm in love with those mirrors! (swoon)

Love your fall decor.


Cindy September 26, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Looks amazing…your home is lovely! Can't wait to try the homemade cp!

Come enter my giveaway 🙂


[email protected] Porch Musings September 26, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Loving your mantel and other gorgeous Fall vignettes!

Goldie September 26, 2011 - 12:48 pm

Thanks for sharing, also your chalk paint recipe is cool and i have to try it!

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors September 26, 2011 - 1:01 pm

The mirrors look fantastic. Chalk paint is really becoming the rage isnt it I love to see these makeovers

Poppy September 26, 2011 - 1:16 pm

So elegant and chic! You have added all the fall touches in your home so beautifully… loved it!That mirror transformation is soooo gorgeous… loved the detailing on it and it looks beautiful over the mantle! The fall arrangements in the urns and basket are my favorite… beautifully done! Very inspiring accents! Thanks for your loving comments on my Fall Luminaries. Have a great week!~Poppy

adventuresindinner September 26, 2011 - 1:19 pm

So many great ideas to 'fall-up' your house. No excuses now 🙂

{oc cottage} September 26, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Everything looks amazing! You really have Fall..wall to wall!

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Marigene September 26, 2011 - 1:28 pm

You have a beautiful home, Sherry!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G September 26, 2011 - 1:44 pm

Beautiful fall decor! Especially love the table arrangement with cascading gourds! 🙂

French September 26, 2011 - 1:54 pm

Sherry, you beautiful decor is putting me in the mood for fall! I love the mirrors, and your updates to them!

[email protected] Charm September 26, 2011 - 2:11 pm

All your fall decor is beautiful!!! Love those mirrors and that GW urn is my FAV!!!!


At The Picket Fence September 26, 2011 - 2:20 pm

Everything looks so beautiful Sherry! Those mirrors are incredible and look so perfect in that room. I think you are so seriously clever for coming up with the Chalk Paint recipe (those negative comments are just so ridiculous!). Love how you added these lovely touches of Fall around your house and congrats on that Home Good Feature! So cool!:-)

Pamela September 26, 2011 - 2:41 pm

LOVE those mirrors Sherry! They are beyond fabulous!

mary beth September 26, 2011 - 2:42 pm

I've been shopping the house and have an urn that is just begging me to paint it with some fake chalk paint! I also have three old huge windows that I have dreaded painting because I didn't want to sand and prime them first…they may be my first victims of this new rage! Thanks for showing us your pretty fall decor too!

Andrea September 26, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Great mirrors! I too am on the hunt for a fabulous mirror for above my mantel. I love all the other decor too!

Liz September 26, 2011 - 3:11 pm

I LOVE your mirrors and your mantle display is so pretty and elegant. I love all the fall touches you've added, simply gorgeous!

Thanks for adding my fall giveaway button, you're the best! =) XO ~Liz

[email protected] September 26, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Great updates Sherry. I'm an urn addict, so I love those. Your mantel looks fantastic.

Richard Cottrell September 26, 2011 - 3:23 pm

That a girl, keep the chin up, make that paint and move forward. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Debra @ Common Ground September 26, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Sherry, I love this room. The coffered ceiling is fabulous, and the mirrors are gorgeous! I really want to try out your additive for the homemade chalk paint, thanks so much for walking out on a limb to tell us about it. Sorry some people were ugly about it. You just did what any thrifty gal would do! xoxo

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting September 26, 2011 - 3:43 pm

Sherry your Fall touches look beautiful!! Good for you coming up with a homemade recipe for chalk paint, the pieces you painted look fabulous!! Martina

~ Regan September 26, 2011 - 4:09 pm

Looks wonderful! Im still looking around to see what could be painted around here… Just a question, do you have to 'seal' the diy chalk paint with a poly? Does it chip off easily?

Kristens Creations September 26, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Thanks for your nice comments on my dining room!! Those mirrors on your mantle are stunning! Love how you painted the frames…perfect! The whole mantle looks wonderful. I read your post about the chalk paint and am planning on trying it out sometime. I'm sure I can find something to paint…Have a great day! Kristen

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) September 26, 2011 - 4:54 pm

The mirrors are fabulous. What a great idea. I love the vignette on the mantel, so pretty and your ceiling is stunning. Your urn centerpiece and the wine basket are both fabulous. Such pretty vignettes. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

Painted Furniture September 26, 2011 - 7:31 pm


The LadyBugs Garden September 26, 2011 - 8:58 pm

I love the idea of making our own chalk Paint for so much less cost!

bj September 26, 2011 - 9:36 pm

omgosh…these are beautiful. sooo pretty.

lol at you "licking up all the powdered sugar"…that's just about what I DO…:))

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing September 26, 2011 - 9:47 pm

Looking all so beautiful Sherry.

Blue Creek Home September 26, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Lovin' what you did with the mirror frames – love the mirrors!

I haven't even pulled out the "Fall" boxes yet. Your decorations look beautiful.

Gina September 26, 2011 - 10:04 pm

Very pretty touches of Fall!

Diann September 26, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Hi Sherry!
Your mirrors turned out gorgeous! And thank your for the chalk paint Tutorial! I have been wanting to try it but it is so expensive. Also, your Fall decor is just lovely! Visiting from NTT. Have a wonderful evening!

Helen September 26, 2011 - 11:01 pm

Your mantke is just amazing!! I don't think I have ever seen a prettier one!! It looks just so perfect in your room.
I'm glad you didn't let the negative comments about the chalk paint recipes stop you from using it and writing about it. Those comments must have come from people who sell the more expensive brand.

The Polka Dot Closet September 26, 2011 - 11:32 pm

Sherry, it is fabulous! Your house is so gorgeous, I can't believe it is not sold! I went to auction Zip, and could not believe all of the auctions! Thank you I bookmarked it and will use it when I am in the market for more goodies. I know I got great things and better prices, hope my first auction was not the best and that their will be more to come!


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR September 26, 2011 - 11:34 pm

Sherry, your mantle is gorgeous! I love the mirrors! So pretty! Everything is just lovely!

NanaDiana September 27, 2011 - 12:53 am

Sherry-It looks great and you worked wonders with that chalk paint! LOVE it all-especially those mirrors. Fall is looking very pretty at your house! xo Diana

Yvonne @ StoneGable September 27, 2011 - 1:12 am

I know what you mean about getting a good picture! I have dark walls they "eat" light!
LOVE those mirrors and you were so smart to paint them white. They look gorgeous with your walls!!!!!
I am so happy to get your source for calcium carbonate. I'm trying your recipe… the urn turned out just lovely!

[email protected] Road September 27, 2011 - 2:59 am

I'm going to have to try your chalk paint~I made some not too long ago using glue and a bunch of other stuff, and I have to say, it was a colossal flop! But, now I have the calcium stuff, so it's all good.

I like all your fall decor!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage September 27, 2011 - 3:03 am

LOVE the urns! Can you ever have enough??

Valerie September 27, 2011 - 3:04 am

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment!!! I love your mantle and the mirrors !!! I look forward to following your future posts!!! <3

Karena September 27, 2011 - 3:33 am

Really beautiful Sherry. I think I will try to make the chalk paint. Have you tried ASCP? If so do you see a difference?


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Jacqueline September 27, 2011 - 3:44 am

Beautiful. I think everything is prettier in a coat of chalk paint. Those mirrors are fantastic.
That is the first I have heard of a homemade chalk paint so I am definitely going to visit that. I need to be sure and link up for the party.

Linda (Nina's Nest) September 27, 2011 - 11:41 am

Sherry, I love your mantel. It is so pretty the way the shape of the items tuck in to the shapes of the bottoms of the frames. Love the newly painted frames, and your DIY chalk paint – you are a smartie! Linda

[email protected] September 27, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Love the mirrors, and your mantle Sherry. Love that your doing the diy chalk paint!

Ricki Jill Treleaven September 27, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Your mirrors look fantastic! I need to try your chalk paint recipe.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm September 27, 2011 - 4:53 pm

How smart is that — love the mirrors 🙂


Reply September 27, 2011 - 7:45 pm

Sherry, I've gotta try that diy chalk paint! Everything looks amazing. I love those mirrors!

Becca September 27, 2011 - 10:17 pm

I'm loving your new mirrors, Sherry! They look like they were meant to be a part of your fabulous fireplace/mantel. And, your painted pumpkin and urn are fabulous, too. I'm so intrigued by your chalk paint recipe … I really need to try this. Thanks so much for sharing! And, I've said it before, but I LOVE your coffered ceiling! xoxo

June September 28, 2011 - 2:53 am

I LOVE your family room Sherry! Love it! Your mirrors turned out beautifully. The urns are really so pretty.
sending hugs…

Miss Kitty September 28, 2011 - 2:53 am

Everything you have "touched" with the chalk paint looks fabulous! My favorite is the taller urn with the string of goards…the creative painting technique that you did brought out the designs on it(in a good way). Your home is just so lovely…your Fall decorating just makes it more so. I saw this post over at Savvy Southern Style (I don't know how I missed it on my regular 'feed' of favorite blogs).

Audrey September 28, 2011 - 3:52 am

Thank you for the chalk paint recipe…I agree…the other is much too expensive. Your decor is absolutely beautiful. You have been so encouraging to me by your kind comments on my blog.

Blessings, Audrey

Pam September 28, 2011 - 4:28 pm

I never would have thought of putting two mirrors above the mantel, because I'm normally a one mirror kind of person. But it works! Love the paint job you did on them too.

NancyO. September 28, 2011 - 8:11 pm

Can this be used on 60 year old pine woodwork that has a varnish or shellac on it? Thanks!

FABBY'S LIVING September 30, 2011 - 12:39 am

Yes, thay tie together, the fabulous mirror and the gorgeous ceiling! I love it. Your mantel vignette is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. FABBY

It's Just Me October 17, 2011 - 12:01 am

Sherry, I have to tell ya that if you get a call from A&E it's for me. I think my hubby's gonna call an Intervention because I can't stop painting EVERYTHING in our house using your chalk paint recipe. I just finished painting 2 highly gazed flower pots for my kitchen and they turned out BEAUTIFUL. Being an artist, I knew there was a way to make chalk paint. Shoot, it's not a family recipe, unless your family were the Egyptians. Anyhoo, just wanted to say thank you for such a great post. Keep em' coming : ) ~ Deanna
PS I'll be posting my projects soon if you're interested …


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