Paint Your Own Shoes With Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

We do some crazy things at The Purple Painted Lady and try to keep it fun!  This workshop qualified for both!

We hosted a “Paint Your Own Shoes Workshop” and we had everything from ballerina slipper shoes to cowboy boots brought in to be painted using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

The secret to painting your shoes- is similar to painting fabric.  You want to thin your Chalk Paint® with some water.  Since shoes do not require much paint, we poured about a 1/8 of a cup in to a plastic glass and then added a tablespoon or two of water and mixed it well.  You want to thin the paint, BUT NOT to the paint it loses it covering ability.

In the image above, you can see the inside of the boots that I painted.  The boots are a faux leather and I bought them at Target.  in fact, in 2015 – it seemed cowboy boots were all the rage in western NY, and I purchased a few pairs of the same boots since the quality and price was right!  They did not come in a “red” and I always wanted a pair of red cowboy boots…so I made them myself.

You need to be patient when painting shoes or fabric / leather couches and furniture.  You thin your paint with water so it is not super thick – especially because we want it to be flexible for the change in shape a shoe or boot goes through when we physically walk.  

Is this a permanent – life long solution?  Yes…and I also have a bridge to sell you too!  No, lol…but it is an option that will last a good while though.

I chose to use Burgundy Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.  In my photo above – you can see the boot on the right in the drying process and how the color darkens as it dries. 

Annie Sloan defines this color as a rich deep warm red the color of dark cherries. Most of Annie’s colors are 18th and 20th century inspired but this one comes from the 19th century when the discovery of Alizarin Crimson made this color possible for the first time to a large number of people. It is now one of the classic colors used in particular for neo-classical painted furniture.

The Purple Painted Lady has found Burgundy to be interesting, in that the color appears to almost be like a bright berry color when wet, but the shade changes to a Burgundy when it is dry.

I painted my boots with three coats of thinned Burgundy and then did two coats of Annie’s Clear Wax.  I applied the wax with a lint free rag and I used the same amount of pressure that you would if putting eye cream around your eyes….meaning a delicate touch!  I also was gentle to remove the excess clear wax, and my hand glided over the surface when I was done.


I recommended to everyone in the class, to give their newly painted shoes or boots a couple days to be alone so they can cure and to hold off wearing them for a few days.

So, what do you think? 

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Chalk Paint® on Velvet (Vintage Horse Carriage)

The Purple Painted Lady has been a passionate retailer for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan for almost 8 years now, and I am still amazed daily by the transformations all of you create using this very special paint!

I would like to introduce our customer Alexandra who has a beautiful farm called El Portal Andaluz.  They are a small and private equestrian farm to magnificent stallions that are available for photo shoots.   I have worked with Alexandra and the attention to detail at El Portal Andaluz is so finite…every single aspect will amaze you!  

The farm has (PRE) Andalusian horses at Stud. Outstanding conformations, excellent manners & a heart of gold. They request that you contact them for your next sire or video/photo rentals.  Here is an example by what I mean in regards to impressive and breath taking!:

Okay- it is hard to follow something so magnificent like these horses, but I did start this post to share Alexandra’s transformation using Burgundy Chalk Paint®.  

Aleaxandra has a vintage horse carriage where the velvet seats have faded and lacking in color.  Using the Burgundy Chalk Paint® she truly resurrected the seats and is extremely happy with her results.  What do you think?

Impressive?  Heck, yes!

Okay- now on to the technical side of it all.

Chalk Paint® is both an interior and exterior grade paint.  For outside uses, we do not recommend the wax.  This carriage will be sitting under a portico also…not that it has to, but being that it is vintage- it does.


As you can see by the above photos, the existing velvet was faded but still in good condition.  Alexandra chose Burgundy Chalk Paint® to resurrect the cushions.  Annie Sloan defines this color as a rich deep warm red the color of dark cherries. Most of Annie’s colors are 18th and 20th century inspired but this one comes from the 19th century when the discovery of Alizarin Crimson made this color possible for the first time to a large number of people. It is now one of the classic colors used in particular for neo-classical painted furniture.

The Purple Painted Lady has found Burgundy to be interesting, in that the color appears to almost be like a bright berry color when wet. But once dry, it deepens and is a significantly richer color.


Burgundy Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan Small Paint Brush

Not in love with your furniture any more?

Instead of tossing it and buying new right away- consider painting it using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, like my customer’s Karen and Roxanne have (and many others!)
The Purple Painted Lady Painting a couch chalk Paint fabric BEFORE After 1

It does NOT matter if the furniture is:
fabric…velvet, brocade, leather or vinyl. Chalk Paint® will transform it…resurrect it…..and make you re-love it!

Keep in mind however, painting fabric will change the feel of it. Since you are not dyeing the fabric- it will have a stiffer, firmer feel. So, although many, many people have done this. Do a test spot in an inconspicuous spot and feel it before painting the whole thing!

Chalk Paint® is absolutely amazing in all it can do and when it comes to painting furniture- which when it is fabric furniture, it is similar to dying it. The Purple Painted Lady has done this herself and has had so many customers do this also. In fact, one customer of ours, Teresa at Lou’s Back Door Consignment in Fairport, NY had an old style couch. You know the kind with the ruffle pleat that goes all the way around the whole base. She painted it- and cannot stop raving about it!!! (Check out her Facebook page by clicking on the business name above and consider giving it a LIKE)

Sarah Cornett The Purple Painted Lady Painted Chalk Paint Fabric Couch rustic chic interiors 2

Keep in mind that if the fabric on your furniture has a heavy textured pattern, Chalk Paint® will change the color of the fabric, but it won’t hide the pattern.

Check out this beautiful transformation by Erin at The French Marketplace. In order to get the stripes nice and crisp, she used “Frog Tape.” She finds that it works really well to achieve a nice, crisp line with no bleed through. Also, she made sure to burnish the tape really well to ensure good adhesion. When she came to the cording, she was careful to make sure that the tape was tucked completely around the cording securely. And that was it!

The Purple Painted Lady Before and After painted chairs Chalk Paint annie sloan


Nice Before & After, huh?  

Here is another by Lizzie White Vintage Chic!  If you stop by their Facebook page- tell them The Purple Painted Lady sent you.  : )

The Purple Painted Lady Michael Herrmann Chalk Paint Annie Sloan Chairs with fabric Graphite Lizzie White Vintage Chic


When calculating paint needs- keep in mind that painting fabric is very different than painting a hard surface. Fabric will absorb the paint more. You will use more paint covering fabric that will absorb and suck up the paint, compared to painting a wood dresser. You will most likely need to apply two full coats – even a possible- third in specific areas pending the color you chose.


Yes! Use 300 grit sandpaper after you have applied a couple coats and lightly polish the paint. It will soften it dramatically- but NOTE it will create dust. So, wipe that off with a towel before applying your clear wax. Also- stay away from edges or corners since it is an angle- you could break through the paint and show the real fabric beneath.

Picmonkey painted fabric Patricia The Purple Painted Lady2


When painting velvet that has a heavy texture, make sure to lay the knap in the direction you want it to be once dry with your paint brush in your final, finishing stroke. Meaning, when initially painting, you may approach the fabric surface from different directions with your brush….but before moving on to a new area to paint…with your paint brush…stroke the surface so the knap lays consistently and smoothly in the same direction.


Make sure to read this post HERE after this one!

Perfectly imperfect/Hollywood Regency Glam? My customer, Maria Antonieta wanted to change a dark – traditional leather & wood chair into “Hollywood Regency Glam.” She used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Pure White and Silver French Gilding Wax. Maria wrote me, “A lot of work, the leather cracked a little (not perfect as all the blogs I read online) no matter the paint, technique,etc)
The purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint painting Leather Maria Antonieta H

Maria wrote, “The chalk paint is a good paint but not as perfect finished as expected. (on leather) Good enough. But the gilding was the magic. LOVE IT….Love the effect !”

Why am I sharing this?

Because this is Maria’s true outcome. Often Chalk Paint® works perfectly and beautifully. And although Maria had a little crazing- this chair was transformed to blend with her style versus having to buy a new one. What do you think?



If you did not thin your paint at all – or enough, you may end up with a crackled look. This may help you.  Try sanding the paint softly with some 300 or 400 grit sandpaper. In this step- make sure to be careful not to sand the edges or corners since you may break through to the actual leather.  Again- stay away from the edges so you do not accidentally get a distressed look by wearing thru the paint.

And lastly, if interested in purchasing product on-line- check out our on-line store HERE after reading this post. We offer awesome customer service and the lowest flat rate shipping and…(drum roll please!) …… we ship the same day you place your order! (small print disclaimer – we ship same day as long as your order is placed before our UPS guy has come) But if you visit our FACEBOOK PAGE and look at our customer reviews- I think you will get the hint that we are super fast in turning your order around and we really care about our customers!

Now..after stirring up all of this excitement I need to share…..that Chalk Paint® is amazing- but it is not a miracle…so always do a test in an inconspicuous location if you are hesitant. What do I mean by this? I certainly do not want to burst the bubble, but I often share with my customers that some people “use” their furniture and then,..there are some who “abuse” their furniture. If you have four 120 pound Great Danes who like to play and jump on the furniture coming straight in from outside with muddy paws…this painting technique will work, but I would not guarantee it for years of use. Ok? For the majority of us who sit on our furniture and watch TV, take naps, read stories to our kids and yes, have pets- …you will love this as an alternative option.
PicMonkey Collage The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Fabric Chair Roxanne


1. If painting a chair or couch, you will need:

* Drop cloth

* Chalk Paint® decorative paint in the color of your choice! Depending on your project- you may need more than a sample pot.  Keep in mind, fabric will suck up paint where a wood dresser will not.

* A natural bristle paint brush …We love Annie’s SMALL Brush because it seems to get the Chalk Paint® in all the knooks and crannies best!

* Annie’s Clear Wax for INSIDE furniture

2. Make sure to have a plastic drop cloth beneath your furniture.

3. It is important that immediately prior to painting the fabric- that you get a spritz bottle (like an old Windex bottle.) Fill it with water and mist your fabric. You want the fabric to be moisten and definitely damp- but not dripping wet.  This will create a conduit for the thinned Chalk Paint® to be sucked in and basically – in a way – stain or dye your fabric.  Think of it this way…your paint is just NOT sitting on the surface!

4. I strongly recommend using Annie’s SMALL paint brush when painting fabric! It will make your project so much easier, versus using a traditional flat/straight cut brush.

Annies Brushes

5. Thin your Chalk Paint® with water. So, whatever color Chalk Paint® you are using…you can either:

A. Pour some in a separate container and thin it slightly with water. I would consider adding about 30% water to whatever amount you have. If you do not thin your Chalk Paint®- due to it being a thicker paint- it may crackle a little. (in fact- it WILL PROBABLY crackle)  The crackle look is only aesthetic.  It should NOT compromise the paint sticking or adhering!   Again….this does NOT jeopardize the adhesion ability of the paint and actually gives the look of leather or crocodile skin. Many of my customers love a chair that I did in my shop over two years ago like this!


B. If you do not think your Chalk Paint® by pouring some out into another container and mixing water directly in to it…some people will take a plastic cup filled with about a 1/4 cup of water. Dip your paint brush into your paint, then quickly dip the tips of your brush into the water. Then paint! Make sure to position your paint and water close to your project- so you do not drip any on the floor.

PicMonkey Collage painted couch The Purple Painted Lady before after

Painted Chair seat FABRIC

6. Begin painting your fabric. Apply a uniform thin coat and let it fully dry. LESS IS MORE!  You are better off applying a couple thin coats than one heavy, thick one!   Try applying the paint using your brush in a circular motion if painting a tweed or velvet. Then, lay your paint in one direction before starting a new section.   If painting a leather- just paint, but lay the finishing stroke in the same direction always too.



A customer  had bleed through on a painted chair cushion. She ended up using  Kilz Oil Based Stain Blocker in the spray can. She said it worked great!

A. SMOOTH FINISH: **This is important if painting velvet or a fabric with a knapp.  You can apply your paintin any direction, but always finish with a traditional linear stroke. And lay your paint in the same direction as you did in the last stroke of the previous area.  Think about when you vacuum some carpets…and you can see the difference in how the knap is laying based on the vacuum.  You do not want this in your finished, dried paint.  Again- this is only critical when painting velvet or fabrics with knap.  

B. Try experimenting on a sample board prior to taking on your big leather couch and try laying Chalk Paint® in random directions. In many of Annie’s awesome videos on YouTube- you will see her painting like this. It is brilliant and creates a very nice finish. You can either be more subtle with this technique- or be bold.


You will most likely want to paint a second coat depending on how it looks. Again- mix water in your paint, BUT you do NOT need to spritz the surface with water this time.

The Purple Painted Lady Painted Chalk Paint Fabric Couch Rhonda Banton Vaughn English Yellow picmonkey

7. FOR FURNITURE THAT WILL BE USED INSIDE YOUR HOME (versus outside directly in the sun and rain): Once everything is totally dry- and you are happy with the coverage- apply a thin coat of clear wax using a rag. This helps in keeping the fabric soft and subtle and protects it. Some people do not add the wax- but I think it is nice and again, it seals the fabric almost like a Scotch Guard protector. Again- I personally recommend waxing, but you may want to watch THIS funny video of a gentleman named Perry doing the “wiggle test” on a chair painted using Chalk Paint® that has not been waxed. If you watch the video, leave a note that The Purple Painted Lady sent you.
PicMonkey Collage the purple painted Lady Reclaimed and lovely furniture fabric chair chalk paint

Sill unsure of about painting your furniture, check out Annie Sloan herself painting a chair on national television HERE.

I have customers who have painted their furniture who also have dogs that get on their furniture and teenagers! They have been extremely satisfied in the longevity and how the paint can withstand the use. With that said, I think it is important to say- it is important that your pets nails be clipped and not be daggers. I also would not guarantee the outcome if you have little ones who use your couch as a trampoline. I always share that Chalk Paint® is incredible, but it is not a miracle. : )
The Purple Painted Lady Painting a couch chalk Paint fabric before after 2

If you have painted your furniture- please feel free to share your photos on my Facebook page! OR- email them to me at takuntz AT (AT – @)

And remember~if interested in purchasing Annie Sloan products, please visit our website if interested in ordering Chalk Paint®. We have Chalk Paint® available for $34.95 per quart every day, we offer low/flat rate shipping and it always ships same day (as long as Joe, our UPS guy has not come already!)

In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

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Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® – Tell me all about it! (and Annie’s other reds)

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint® ~ “Emperor’s Silk

Emperors Silk The Purple Painted Lady All you Want to Know

Visit our shopping cart HERE to order Emperor’s Silk
Emperor Silk Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

If you order paint on-line, it can be a bit intimidating since colors may look differently on your monitor (especially depending on the quality of it.)

When it comes to Annie’s “reds” – I think there is enough of a contrast that it is pretty easy to understand and see the difference of them on-line. And typically – the photos you see are true representations of the color. But still- depending on the amount of light shining on a piece when a photo was taken – or filters used on a lens, it will influence how the color appears. So, when purchasing paint on-line- always look at a few examples of it (just google the color name) and also, feel free to contact The Purple Painted Lady and ask questions prior to buying.

Primer red Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Antoinette Emperor Silk Scandinavian Pink Chalk Paint 2

With that said- today we are featuring Emperor’s Silk! This is a bright red! Similar to the color of a Coca Cola can. Annie likes to say this bright pure red is like the red silk lining of a jacket, because of the way it looks. We love it used as an interior of a cupboard or drawer. It is the red -almost like a summer ripened tomato. Absolutely stunning. Add dark wax and you have a jaw dropping piece!
Primer red Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Antoinette Emperor Silk Close up Chalk Paint

Since it is a primary color- it is a wonderful addition to your “painting pantry” because of all you can create when mixing it with other Chalk Paint® colors:

Coral color: Mix equal amounts of Pure White & Emperor’s Silk and half amount of Scandinavian Pink for a pretty pink. Then to achieve coral add equal amounts of Barcelona Orange.

Coral recipe option 2 arles

Coral Color Recipe

Baby Pink color: Mix a few drops of Emperor’s Silk into Old White or Pure White

Pink Chalk Paint hues From The Purple painted Lady Emperors Silk Old white

Berry color: Equal amounts Emperor’s Silk and Emile

Dark Purple color: Mix equal amounts of Emperor’s Silk with Napoleonic Blue

Periwinkle progression 4

It is a great red if painting a Union Jack too!

Annie Sloan Union Jack Full Shot

Annie sloan Union Jack Armoire Corner with Gilding

Inside of store 77 west main street Union Jack suitcases

Now- another Chalk Paint® “red” color is Burgundy!

In October, 2014, Annie Sloan introduced this color to her palette of Chalk Paint® ~ … is …..Burgundy.

Burgundy color change The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

To purchase Burgundy – click HERE.
The Purple Painted Lady sells Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart and ships same day!

The Purple Painted Lady has found Burgundy to be interesting, in that the color appears to be like a bright berry color when wet, but once dry, it deepens and is a significantly richer color. Check out the difference between the paint stick and the paint lid shown above.

We love this paired with both the clear and dark wax, but using dark wax deepens the color even more.

The images below shows it sandwiched between Emperor’s Silk and Primer Red as to understand the difference between them. Annie Sloan defines this color as a rich deep warm red the color of dark cherries. Most of Annie’s colors are 18th and 20th century inspired but this one comes from the 19th century when the discovery of Alizarin Crimson made this color possible for the first time to a large number of people.

Burgundy Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Chalk Paint

Burgundy is a wonderful color to try mixing with others you may already have. Make a deep purple by mixing Burgundy with Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. On the left of the image, can you see how the Burgundy dries darker and deeper compared to when it is wet?

Burgundy picmonkey Napoleonic Blue Custom blend recipe The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Purple




Emperors Silk The Purple Painted Lady Laura Burke Simon 2016 B

Emperors Silk The Purple Painted Lady Gayna Joy Redick B

Emperors Silk Coco The Purple Painted Lady Todd Holly Carpenter 2016 B

Emperors Silk The Purple Painted Lady Joshua Brodie The Turqoise Fairy 2016

Emperors Silk The Purple Painted Lady Jill E Rose 2016 B

Emperors Silk The Purple Painted Lady Sue 2016 Uppity B

Emperors silk The Purple Painted Lady Hazel Mae Home 2016 B

Emperors silk The Purple Painted Lady Brenda Headley B

Emperors Silk The Purple Painted Lady Bewley Massey 2016 B

Emperors Silk Barbara Hansen The Purple Painted Lady 2016 B


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Thanks again,
Tricia Migliore Kuntz ~The Purple Painted Lady ~
Design/Consulting, Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing, Custom Painted Furniture, Chalk Paint® & Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer & herRochester Blogger

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