How to Scratch a Design on Painted Furniture

Etch (Scratch)  a Design on Painted Furniture

My sister and I made some homemade chalk paint a few weeks ago (when we are together it's one big DIY or craft project). This time it was furniture. We  are SO into furniture right now. We used a recipe for chalk paint (trying to find a substitute for the expensive Annie Sloan chalk paint). The recipe was 1 cup of paint (preferably flat paint) and 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout. It went together easily and dried in a minute, literally. We were very excited about it. But - the big BUT (not butt - well, there's that, too. oh, dear) it has a scratchy surface feel almost like sandpaper. Then we put the Minwax clear wax on also but still weren't satisfied and my sister, who is THE brand name girl, went to buy Annie Sloan paint (she defected). She's really, really happy with it (and spent a small fortune) and now is painting every piece of furniture she can find, including whatever she picks up on the Facebook Yard Sale in her town and Craigslist, too.

Let's make this long story shorter, shall we?

She painted THIS table in an off white color that we mixed ourselves with the unsanded grout. She hated it.

She even painted the brass handle and then used Minwax wax mixed with brown acrylic paint to antique it a little. I love the handle. I like the table. It's darling.

BUT my sister HATED the table.

So now she wanted to repaint it. Then she decided she's buying Annie Sloan paint. That was 2 weeks ago and now she has 13 different colors of Annie Sloan paint. Big investment, here.

And she painted the table blue.

And then scratched this cute little design into it using a steak knife, believe it or not. FREEHAND. She can do that stuff. I need to trace things. Sigh.

Anyway, to do this you need to let the undercoat of paint "cure" for about a few weeks. THEN you can add the overcoat paint color. Don't let the overcoat dry for more than a day or so or you won't be able to scratch a design in it. As soon as it's dry, get to scratching and etching. Good luck!

Here is the design up close. You can copy this if you like.

Here is the handle. It is much cuter this way, I think. Looks old, too. :)

Here is the front. She scraped it up a bit.

Has anyone tried to make their own chalk paint?  And/or Annie Sloan paint? What were your results. I'm not sure if I'm completely sold on it yet.

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  1. You are two volcanoes of ideas !!!!!!!!

  2. I love the color you chose, and the design is beautiful too. I'd hate to think about what my piece would look like if I freehanded it! Thanks again for stopping by my blog ( It's great to "meet" you! :)


  3. What a beautiful little table. I have found a GREAT homemade chalk paint recipe. After trying three recipes I found online I wrote a review of them and picked my favorite! My "Recipe #3" is just as smooth as ASCP. Check it out on my blog under the heading "Three Chalk Paint Recipes Reviewed". I think you'll like it! Blessings to you dear ladies, Patti

  4. Well, that is an interesting technique....I may just have to try it!

  5. And here was me loving the doll house! lol The table is nice, too - I always like the vintage look.

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  6. This is really cute!! :)

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  7. This furniture looks really very awesome. I too would like to have such type of furniture for our house.
    modern italian furniture

  8. I love this table! Though I wonder if it really needs to cure a few weeks. My guess is that the initial wax coverage is what protected it to make it easy to scratch off the next color, but I could be wrong...

    1. And I agree - I am LOVING AS chalk paint in comparison to the DIY! Didn't think I'd be sold, but I totally am!

  9. Oh...scratch a design. I saw scratch and thought kids & dog can do that! Haha! Very pretty.


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