Fleur de lis Updated with Chalk Paint

Before image of fleur de lis home decor

Today's post is about giving a new look to a small home decor piece. If you're tired of your current decor and don't have a big budget to replace items, then this is a quick, easy, and economical (I used left over paint) way to get a new and unique look.

You might notice a dog in the background of my photos. I was dog sitting for a week this summer, and TJ didn't leave my side. He sat patiently while I worked on my projects. However, he was full of energy and acted like a crazy dog the other times! He sure kept me busy!


My project has a fleur-de-lis shape and is a nice looking piece as-is, but there was a little damage and chipping throughout the finish. It had a dark finish and I wanted to lighten and brighten it up. (I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products, but you could use whatever paint you have. However, unlike chalk paint, some paints might require a primer coat first.)

Slight damage to finish
Minor damage to the finish.

First I applied a base coat of French Linen using a 2" bristle brush. Then I used a smaller brush to get in the nooks and crannies.

First coat of chalk paint applied
First coat of French Linen Chalk Paint
I swear the dog winked at me!
I winked back just in case.

After the first coat dried, I dry brushed Graphite and Old Ochre over the French Linen. To dry brush paint, you apply a small amount of paint to the brush and then pounce the brush onto a paper towel or paper plate to remove most of the paint before applying to your project. Dry brushing gives subtle dimension to the overall color. If you apply too much paint while dry brushing you can go over the area with a little of the base color to blend it in.

Dry brushing chalk paint
Dry brushed Graphite and Old Ochre over the base coat.

It was 90 plus degrees outside, so I worked on this project indoors. Consequently, I didn't want to use sandpaper to distress the paint and create a mess of sanding dust inside. So instead I used a damp washcloth to distress the paint.

Distress chalk paint with damp cloth
Distress the painted finish with a damp cloth.


Blend chalk paint colors for visual interest.

I sealed the paint with clear soft wax. Now the finished piece has a time worn look. It will work well on a mantle or as part of a vignette on a table. And even though the original object was beautiful on its own, it now has a unique finish with a calming color scheme.

Before and After chalk paint transformation

Here's a couple of closer shots of the final finish. . .

Layers of chalk paint colors
A closer look of the dry brushed and distressed finish.

Blending colors add depth and visual interest.

I hope you enjoyed today's project and I really appreciate your visit. Feel free to leave a comment on the blog post or my Facebook page.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


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