Thursday, January 26, 2012

Painting with Homemade Chalk Paint

So I decided to try my hand at Chalk Paint, however I didn't have any so I decided to make my own. I was too impatient to order and wait for some to come in, plus I guess I'm just cheap too. Besides I had everything on hand that I needed to make my own so why not right?

I used Art is Beauty's recipe for Homemade Chalk Paint I found it on pintrest and pinned it here.

All you need to make it is....

1/2 C. Plaster of Paris
1/2 C. Hot water
mix together then add:
1 1/2 Cups of paint
Mix well.

 I used an off white paint and mixed some of it with a blue I had to make a light blue as well. I love how the paint turned out!

Here is one of the pieces that I started with, an old coffee table I had already started to sand and had planned on painting. So I finished sanding a little more and added a coat of primer before using the chalk paint. It was pretty glossy so I didn't want the paint to come off. 

I ended up attacking a t.v. hutch with the paint as well. I didn't get a before shot of it but it was looking pretty gross, believe me! I didn't add primer to it and the chalk paint seems to have stuck really well to it. I did some distressing on them and it took quite a bit of muscles (which I don't really have) to get the paint sanded down.  I still need to apply a wax and get new handles or paint my old ones. But what a difference the paint has made on these two pieces. I think I am hooked on the chalk paint now. ;)

(ignore the wood blocks under the hutch, need my hubby to help get them out.)
At least now my front room is starting to look a little better. I don't have to be so embarrassed when people stop by with my clashing furniture. Next on the list is some curtains!
So what do you think?

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art is beauty said...

they turned out great!! So glad the paint worked for you!!!
Beautiful job!!!!

Amy said...

Wish I had read this before I bought some Great color! I'm glad you shared at Shine on Fridays; you're being featured tomorrow at One Artsy Mama!

ButtercreamSewingMachine said...

I love this idea! Very good idea to mix in your color of paint - that means it doesn't have to look like a chalkboard all the time, and it is more specialized for your decor. Great job! Visiting from OneArtsyMama.


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