Chalk Mercantile

(860) 395-0558
November 1st, 2015 by Jayne

Gifts ideas, $50 and under

Here’s just a small sample of items that are wonderful and $50.00 or under!

Vintage Coach bag, never used!  $50.00

Vintage Coach bag, never used! $50.00

Hand knit in Higganum, CT, fingerless gloves $20.00

Hand knit in Higganum, CT, fingerless gloves $20.00


Beautiful, like new "Laura" leather bag, made in the USA, $45.00

Beautiful, like new “Laura” leather bag, made in the USA, $45.00

Intricately carved decorative wood panel, $14.95. We have 6 in stock.

Intricately carved decorative wood panel, $14.95. We have 6 in stock.

Vintage lab glass, $12.00 each.

Vintage lab glass, $12.00 each.

Graduated star fish tree.

Graduated star fish tree.

Cast iron vanity mirror. $39.00

Cast iron vanity mirror. $39.00


Mason jar wall plaque, $32.00.  Made in Georgia!

Mason jar wall plaque, $32.00. Made in Georgia!

A gift for new home owners, $24.95.  Wonderful book by Jill Butler

A gift for new home owners, $24.95. Wonderful book by Jill Butler

There is so much more available at Chalk!!!!


LOGO (black backgound)


October 3rd, 2015 by Jayne

Fall class schedule 2015

I’ve added two workshop dates before the holidays arrive.  October 24th from 10am – 1pm and November 14th from

10am – 1pm.  For a full description of the workshop and ways to sign up please go to my workshop page by clicking here.



January 7th, 2015 by Jayne

New Year, New Workshops!

Along with the painting and needlework classes offered at Chalk Mercantile I now have the pleasure to offer classes taught by Susan Schneider of  Shandell’s!  I’m over the moon and know you will be too.  Please click here or upper left on Workshops to go to my Workshop Page for descriptions and dates of all the classes offered at Chalk.

Here’s a picture of things you can make in one of Susan’s workshops.



December 3rd, 2014 by Jayne

Holiday Hours

Check out our extended holiday hours, Mon & Tue 12pm – 4pm,
Wed – Thu 10am – 6pm, Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 6pm and
Sun 10am- 4
These will be the new hours at Chalk thru Christmas!


November 26th, 2014 by Jayne

Repurpose Happiness!


Repurpose Happiness!

Join me at Chalk for holiday refreshments and enter to win a $25 gift certificate.

For Small Business Saturday, November 29th spend $250.00 and receive a $25.00 gift certificate!

Warm wishes,



October 23rd, 2014 by Jayne

Welcome Fall, so good to see you!

Chalk has been wonderfully busy.  Lots of new pieces always arriving and then finding their new homes.  There will be one more Amy Howard One Step Basics class on November 1st and will then restart along with lots of other classes in the new year.

Here are some photo’s from around the shop :)


My husband Rick made me this case for all of my Amy Howard at Home products, I’m thrilled!


I can never get enough of these old Ball canning jars in blue, so many uses and gorgeous!


A very unusual antique piece in Chestnut, look at the shape of the glass doors, fabulous!


For the woman who has everything, how about a throne ;)


One of the new Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint colors, Aubergine, come in and see the rest…


Look at this vintage metal toy truck, so much fun! And get a load of that “gear” table, it spins!


Blue Willow platters and covered serving dishes. Some of these pieces are close to 200 years old and are stunning and can be used for your holiday table.


Black and Ivory Ana tapers, perfect for your Halloween party!


The beautiful students from my latest One Step Paint class, they were such a blast!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Fall, the trees have been amazing!

Warm wishes,











August 23rd, 2014 by Jayne

What’s new at Chalk

We’re still getting settled into our new digs.  It’s quite a large space and we’ve gone through lots of paint!  Here are some shots of new stuff at Chalk.

beautiful hutch

Erin from Newmarket Designs has brought a wonderful burst of color to Chalk!


Erin has a great eye, look at those glasses, fabulous!


The perfect table and chairs for a kitchen!


Redwing Pottery Dutch girl cookie jars.

tiger maple dresser

I promised Rick I wouldn’t paint this tiger maple dresser :)

mahogany dressing table

Sweet mahogany dressing table.

Susan Shandell match box

Susan Shandell’s perfectly delightful handmade match boxes

Well it’s back to work for me!  Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend :)











August 2nd, 2014 by Jayne

Highboy and bedside nightstands

A little before and after.  I love anything with a French look and this bedroom set has it.  The highboy and nightstands are done in Amy Howard One Step Pant in Luxe Grey and a light coat of clear wax, simple and beautiful!

Here’s the before, very dated finish but these pieces are solid wood with the most gorgeous hardware…

highboy and end table before
And here’s the after.



Luxe Grey is my go to neutral, now the set is fresh. I have the bed to do still and there is a lovely large mirror, those are up next!
Warmest wishes,


July 22nd, 2014 by Jayne

Chalk is open!

My new space is very large and though I want it completely “done” it will take quite a while to get there.  My husband Rick has a real job besides fulfilling my honey do list  and there is only so much time available.  But the front third of the shop is finished and being filled with wonderful stuff. My sign design was approved by the Old Saybrook Architectural Review Board with a couple of small changes.  I will be painting it myself and have begun the process and it will be up within a few weeks.  I’ve had so many visitors from Higganum, that means so much to me!

So anyway Chalk is open for business!!! For new address and hours please click here.

the happy little dresser

petite dresser all done up in Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Lime Lime


Gorgeous, vintage Pyrex.

Black chair

Windsor chair in Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Black.

antique bed

Antique twin bed perfect for a princess!


Who doesn’t love antique Ironstone?


Warm wishes,






June 23rd, 2014 by Jayne

Chalk Mercantile is Moving!

It’s with mixed feelings that I tell you all of my decision to move Chalk to Old Saybrook.  With more than twice the space and in close proximity to a variety of other stores offering fabulous shopping, I believe Old Saybrook will be a perfect match for a shop like Chalk.  The new address will be 891 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475, click here to see on map, for a landmark Chalk will be in the same strip mall as Frommage.  I will be moving during the first two weeks of July and am shooting for August 1st as the official Old Saybrook grand opening.  I will resume teaching the Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint classes along with some others so be sure to check back to my website for the latest class schedule.


With warmest wishes, Jayne