Chalk Mercantile

House and Home (860) 395-0558
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


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,