Chinoiserie and a Custom Chalk Paint® Pink


Some time ago, I passed by a most beautiful piece of furniture in a marketing display.  The color captivated me more than anything else.  A rich, vibrant, majestic pink perfectly accented with gold hardware.  It was very similar to this piece that I recently came across on Pinterest, here.  I knew I had to try to recreate the color using Chalk Paint®.   Approximately 1 part Emperor’s Silk to 1 part Old White produced this wonderful, rich pink color I was hoping for.


A sweet little 1930’s bedroom rocker seemed the ideal candidate for my custom pink mix.


After giving the chair a couple of coats of paint and allowing it to dry, I finished it off with Annie Sloan’s soft Clear Wax.  Then, it was time for a little embellishing!


I carry a wonderful line of furniture appliques in my shop that are so fun for adding a bit more character to a makeover project.  The little wreath was just what was needed  for the chair back.  I applied a gold leaf to it using Artisan Enhancement’s Leaf and Foil Size medium.


Now that my chair was the vibrant pink I had been dreaming of and even had a little gold embellishment, it was time to find the perfect fabric to finish it off!


Chinoiserie, a fabric popular in the 18th century and made fashionable with Rococo décor, depicts whimsical scenery of an imaginary China.  I have always loved this type of fabric and have acquired a bit of a collection.  This piece that seemed so perfect for the painted rocker is most likely from the 1930’s.  Using vintage textiles in creative projects is very rewarding.  It’s a bit like bringing a piece of history back to life!  I enjoy carrying a variety of antique textiles and trims in my shop to offer to my customers for their own creative endeavors!

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So there you have it, an inspired custom Chalk Paint® color and a wonderful vintage textile came together to make an ordinary little rocking chair something exquisite.

I hope that you will take some time to be creative today, and that I may have inspired you to consider vintage textiles for your next upholstery or craft project!

I sincerely thank you for your visit!



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7 thoughts on “Chinoiserie and a Custom Chalk Paint® Pink

  1. Hi Phyllis,

    This chest is stunning as is your chair. I love them! Thanks for the info on mixing this pink. I know I’ll have to try it. I have been crazy busy and time is just flying by. I plan to have a tea party in early summer and want you to come. I’ll send info later about date and such. Not sure if you received my response to your last email. I had asked if you have any lamp shade classes coming up?

    Have a wonderful spring.


  2. That color is lovely. It seems every color mixed with old white comes out beautifully. When I visited your shop you were doing some things in skandinvian pink in different shades. I would love to see how those turned out sometime. Beautiful piece!

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