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.

Museum, Summer

Have You Seen These Yet?

Last year, Lucille had a wonderful idea. She wanted to have ordinary photos of the Museum buildings transferred to canvas for posterity. Happily, we’ve begun that process. Visitors to the Duvall House are now able to view six canvas prints: an aerial view of the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum grounds, four heritage buildings still standing, and Ovenstown, the first building to be moved on site, now demolished.

If you haven’t been to the CMMM yet this year, Angie will be taking tours until the end of the month, and Coffee will be served at the Duvall House on Wednesday and Friday afternoons until September 2.

If you have had a chance to view these canvas prints in person, then you’ll agree that the photos below just do not do them justice.

aerial view museum grounds canvas print
Aerial view of the Museum
raymond's store canvas print
Raymond’s Store
ovenstown canvas print
station canvas print
duvall house canvas print
Duvall House
clayton's van canvas print
Clayton’s Display Van

~ Debbie M.

Museum, Summer

Immediate Opening: Part-Time


Duties include:

  • Giving Tours with the aid of Tour Guide scripts
  • Cleaning Exhibit Buildings & Displays
  • Assisting with Grounds Keeping
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Museum Administrator or Board of Directors

Hours: Saturday & Sundays 9am – 5pm
Wages: $14 / hour

All welcome to apply! Applicants do not need to be within a certain age group, or returning to an educational program in the fall.

Interested? Please contact a Board Member or email your resume to cmmmcutknife@gmail.com.

Events, Museum, Summer

Event Reminder: Quilt Walk


UPDATE: Quilters: Drop off quilts and quilted items at the Duvall House on the Museum grounds between 9 – 11am. Pick-up between 4-4:30pm. Please label all quilts with name of owner and phone number. Thank you!

The Clayton McLain Memorial Museum will be hosting a Quilt Walk the afternoon of Sunday, July 17, weather permitting. Quilts and quilted items will be on display in select heritage buildings and on the grounds along the walking path at Tomahawk Park.

sample quilt blocks
Quilt Blocks


Event: Afternoon of Sunday, July 17, weather permitting
Museum Hours: 10am – 4pm
Museum Admission: $5 / individual; $10 / Family
Coffee at the Duvall House: By donation


Quilts will need to be labelled with the owner’s name and phone number and the maker’s name, if not the same as the owner’s. Also, if you know the year the quilt was made, please include that on the label.

If you’d like to share your quilt or quilted items with Museum visitors for an afternoon, please text Terri Paziuk at 306-398-7634 OR email the Museum at cmmmcutknife@gmail.com to arrange for drop off of your items in advance of the event.

~ Debbie M.