Chalk Mercantile

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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


June 13th, 2014 by Jayne

A milkmaid her shepherd and cows and other new things at Chalk

I’ve never seen another set like this before and am having a heck of a time getting any information about it online.  But I loved it at first sight and had to have it for the shop.  Look at this pretty milkmaid and her handsome shepherd, so sweet!  Oh, and the cows, fabulous!!!

a tea pot and three graduated pitchers, most likely from the 1930's

a tea pot and three graduated pitchers, most likely from the 1930’s


wonderful hand painted cows on the pitchers

wonderful hand painted cows on the pitchers

milk maid and sheperd

The young couple

cows on tea pot lid

Look at the cows on the tea pot lid, such a special set!

There are also two new Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint colors in, Bauhaus Buff and Windsor.

Windsor and Bauhaus Buff One Step Paint

Windsor and Bauhaus Buff

I’m so excited to have my favorite Ana Candles!  I used to buy these when I lived in NYC, always in black and white.  I’ve expanded my palette quite a bit, look at these colors!

striped Ana Candles

Beautiful Ana Candles

Ana Candles
With warmest wishes,








May 22nd, 2014 by Jayne

The latest at Chalk….


blue and white secretary

A lovely and fresh white and blue painted secretary.

blue interior

The contrasting blue interior.

silver tea and coffee set

Gorgeous melon shaped silver coffee and tea set.

Teal blue painted dresser

Painted teal two over two dresser with attached mirror and pretty pressed glass knobs.

turquoise painted dresser

Turquoise painted dresser with attached mirror and glass knobs.


Antique child’s high chair with original paint.


Chalk is bursting with new things!

Until next time,








May 16th, 2014 by Jayne

Chalk will be closed this weekend

May 17th and 18th Chalk will be closed as we will be attending my son Alexander’s graduation from the University of Minnesota!  See you next week :)

High School Graduation in Mansfield, Ohio, June 1941 (1)



May 14th, 2014 by Jayne

What’s new at Chalk?

a very substantial pine trestle table

a very substantial pine trestle table

Atelier Grey console table

Atelier Grey console table

platter trio

Just beautiful transferware platter trio

boudior lamps

Boudoir lamps

Gin and Roses

Back in stock, Tokyo Milk Gin and Rosewater



Owl andirons with glass eyes


Detail of an antique portrait




A crystal chandelier


Until next time!



May 1st, 2014 by Jayne

Fresh and New at Chalk

Just a few of the new things at Chalk!

flat file, spool cabinet

Lithographers cabinet with six drawers

victorian double bird cage

Victorian double birdcage


Carved wood French mirror

console table

Grey painted console table

end table

Grey and white painted side table


Antique painted cupboard with drawers

tulip lamp

Vintage tulip lamp

Japanese laquer

Huge Japanese laquer covered box

There are a couple of spots left in this Saturday’s Amy Howard One Step Paint workshop, click here for more detail.
Happy May Day!


April 30th, 2014 by Jayne

DIY fabric bowls

Here’s a fun DIY that I lifted from my other blog, Daisey Jayne.  I’ve been busy painting, sewing and attending auctions and haven’t posted in a bit!

fabric bowl tutorial When I’m sewing at my machine there’s a lot of thread and tiny scraps being thrown around and it always ends up on the floor.  Though I love to vacuum doing it every single day is a bit much. I needed a thread catcher.  So off I went to my Pinterest DIY board for some inspiration.  I found this tutorial from Wedding Dress Blue and this one from A Spoonful of Sugar.  Here’s my version.  This is a fun project and I’ve made quite a few, they’re so useful and pretty! supplies for fabric bowls What I forgot to write in the above supply list is a dinner plate, the larger your plate (or any round template) the bigger your bowl will be. I used a 10″ dinner plate. My bowls ended up being 3 1/2″ to 4 3/4″ in diameter.  When you are done gathering your bowl you will measure the circumference to get the length of binding you will need. First thing to do is iron your fabric.  Then trace around your plate onto your fusible batting and two contrasting/coordinating fabrics and cut out. template for fabric bowls 2 fabric circles and 1 fusible batting circle Once you have all 3 circles cut out follow the manufacturers directions of your fusible batting and iron your batting circle to 1 of your fabric circles. right side up when ironing fabric to fusible batting Now put your layers together, fabric then batting then fabric (right sides out!) and sew around the circumference.  I used my 1/4″ quilting foot to sew  1/4″ away from the edge and then I sewed around a 2nd time between my first stitch line and the raw edge. sewing line Next step is to gather the bowl.  Pull the two bobbin or bottom threads and form your gathers.  When you are happy with the size of your bowl tie these threads together to secure the gathering and trim threads. beginning to gather finished gather Up next is to sew on the binding.  My bowls circumference measured 12 1/2″ so I cut my binding 2 1/2″ by about 16″.  Fold your binding in half length wise, wrong sides together and iron, also iron 1/2″ hem on one end.  Pin the raw edge of your binding to the raw edge of your bowl beginning with the 1/2″ folded end.  I stuck a length of rick rack in to add to it’s cuteness. pinning binding If you do add rick rack or another kind of trim make sure to tuck the raw end into your 1/2″ hem in the binding. Sew all the way around your bowl, I used a seam allowance that was just a bit more than 1/4″ to cover up my gathering stitches.  When you get to the end be sure to over lap your binding about an inch, back-stitch to secure. first part of binding sewn on Turn your bowl inside out (these bowls are reversible!) and blind stitch your binding down and create a beautiful finish. blind stitch binding Voila!  These bowls are fun to make and my favorite part has been picking out the fabric. finished fabric bowls fabric bowls fabric bowls   Give them a try and have fun! Jayne