Fundraiser, Museum

Update: New Friends

Rob Waldner (Rose City Memorials) timed it perfectly. On the last fine day of October, just before the temperatures dropped, Rob set up his equipment in Tomahawk Park. He brought the compressor, the portable sand pot, his protective gear, and the rubber stencils with the names of the Museum’s newest Friends. 11 of the bricks in the granite mosaic were inscribed this year. Of course, the bricks and just about everything else in Saskatchewan, are totally covered with snow right now, but Rob did take photos of the work done that day.

Happily, we had much more interest than anticipated, and a list has already been started for next year! For more information about the CMMM’s Friends of Tomahawk Park fundraising initiative, please click here.

~ Debbie M.

to do list and assorted tools
Archives, Museum

Many hands DO make light work

12 helpers and 2 mini-helpers arrived Saturday morning ready to work. Randy’s To-Do list was extensive, complete with something for everyone to tackle: From washing windows to cleaning bathrooms; from replacing ceiling tiles to putting in door-stops to putting up shelves; from organizing the kitchen to programming door locks to wiping down chairs, to vacuuming, sweeping and washing floors – everyone was kept busy. Some volunteers even stayed beyond noon to check off a few more items on the list. Our mini-helpers were amazing too. They dusted; they helped Rick with a multitude of tasks, and they remained cheerful for a good three hours!

A few photos:

to do list and assorted tools
At 9am, the table looked like this. By noon, it was a wet, sudsy mess from washing the light ceiling panels…
kitchen cleanup crew
Lucille, Terri & Janice cleaned and organized the kitchen – even making coffee for a mid-morning break.
cleaning the kid's chairs
Jean cleaning the children’s chairs, moving on soon afterwards to… more chairs!
Caught Randy on his way to do more painting and Lyle getting started on shelves for the storage room.
paint touch ups
This is Christine touching up the baseboard paint. She’s already circled the space working on the doors and walls.
Colton (on the ladder) and Chris replacing stained ceiling tiles.

Our sincere thanks to each person who was able to take the time Saturday morning to help the Library and the Museum move that-much-closer to moving in. Your support is very much appreciated.

Missing from photos Rick B, Debbie H., Debbie M., and James & Albert S.

~ Debbie M.

Archives, Museum

Volunteer Crew Needed

Folks, we’re almost ready to move in to the new Library / Museum building. The walls are painted; flooring has been installed; minor renovations completed; the electricians are done (we think). It’s touch-up time because… moving in is next!

6 – 8 people needed to help us make the space ‘move-in-ready.’

WHEN: Saturday, November 12 from 9am – noon
WHERE: 113 Broad Street (the former Good Shepherd Church)
WHAT ELSE: Tools, brooms, cleaning supplies will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle.

R.S.V.P.s appreciated. Email the museum at or speak with Randy.


~ Debbie M.

duvall house foyer wall scraped
Museum, Summer

Recipe for Chalk Paint

This is the chalk paint Terri mixed up that’s working such wonders in the Duvall House:


  • 1 cup flat or eggshell latex paint
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup Plaster-of-Paris


  • Stir together warm water & Plaster-of-Paris. (Add more water or plaster to thin or thicken the mixture, as needed). No lumps.
  • Pour into paint and mix thoroughly.


  • 1:3 Plaster-of-Paris to paint.
  • Keep paint stirred, with lid on when not in use.
  • Use stiff bristle brush; chalk brush recommended.
  • Scrape peeling paint and flakes prior to application; wall surface does not have to be smooth.
  • Apply paint in a circular motion; goal is to work the paint mixture into wall surface.

** Chalk paint has 101 uses. Do a Google search. You’ll be amazed…

Terri beginning scraping paint
Very poor lighting but Terri is just about to get started scraping the mint green paint that hasn’t flaked or peeled off yet.

~ Debbie M.

duvall house
Museum, Summer

Chalk Paint

The Duvall House was built in 1928. It was moved from the farm to the Museum site prior to the Town of Cut Knife’s Centennial in 2012. The house needed some maintenance work and a few upgrades before it was ready for the public, and a fresh coat of paint was high on the list. The walls were filled and sanded; colours were selected to reflect the time period; the house interior was painted. Then came winter.

The upgrades did not include winter heating and the freeze / thaw cycle over the next few years were not kind to the paint. A number of different treatments were tried with varying degrees of success but still the paint peeled and flaked – until Terri suggested chalk paint. Chalk paint is a mixture of plaster-of-paris, warm water, and latex paint. It’s applied with a chalk brush and is worked into the existing wall plaster.

A test wall a few years ago proved to be very encouraging. So, this past Labour Day weekend, Terri and I set to scraping and painting the Duvall House front entrance. The results have been amazing! We’ll be checking it out closely next spring and if there’s no sign of deterioration, be prepared to see a call out for volunteer painters!

A few photos:

duvall house foyer wall scraped
Flaking mint green paint removed exposing the previous rose colour.

mixing the chalk paing
Terri preparing the paint. Note the two chalk brushes closest to the brown jars.

duvall house wall first coat
First coat of mint green over the previous paint.

duvall house wall 2 coats, crayon covered
Second coat of mint green paint even covers the wax crayon scribbles!

duvall house, 2 coats, pictures up
Picture returned to the wall. Mission accomplished.

Coming soon… the recipe for Chalk Paint!

~ Debbie M.