Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Chalk Paint- so easy!!

 I think I may have a new obsession! Homemade chalk paint!! Last month I ordered an unfinished sofa table and decided to paint the legs white and stain the top to match my dining set. I love how it turned out but I experienced A LOT of trial and error in getting just this table the way I wanted it. I hope in sharing my experience I can help others to avoid some of the mistakes I made, and encourage through tips and tricks I picked up a long the way.

Chalk Paint Recipe:
1 C. Glidden satin eggshell paint (no color added) available from Walmart
2 Tbsp. Plaster of Paris by Dapp
1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp. of water

Mix the Plaster of Paris (PoP) with the water using a fork or a small whisk. Add extra water if you need to. I like mine to be the consistency of medium thick cake batter. Stir together 1 cup of the paint and the PoP. Mix it really well to incorporate. Ready to paint!!

Tip & tricks- I went to the dollar store and bought some great supplies that made my DIY chalk paint experience a good one. I purchased the following:

A plastic mixing bowl with a spout for mixing the PoP into the paint.
A small metal whisk to really get the PoP incorporated well into the paint.
A rubber scraper for transferring the paint to the take along containers.
Plastic measuring cups so I didn't ruin my beautiful stainless kitchen ones.
Plastic measuring spoons for measuring the PoP.
Take along containers- I bought these to pour my paint into after mixing it, as they have a lid and can be covered tightly while you wait for your coats to dry.

Now- more expensive is not always better. I tried two different paints and one of them was quite the stinker. I am pretty sure there was some swearing happening in my kitchen as I was painting. I have blocked it out! I tried Valspar from Lowe's and it was a nightmare! It kept trying to set up. It literally went from a gorgeous, thick, cool whip consistency to a stiff, unmanageable nightmare. I kept adding water to it to try to thin it out. It stuck to my roller and my fingers like super glue. I scrubbed my hands with a pot scrubber and I could not get it off. I ended up loving the Glidden. I always use black foam brushes and white foam rollers on my furniture projects as I have found they are easy to clean and I don't get any brush marks. I did have to do some very light sanding in between coats as there was a very fine grit to the paint, but I didn't mind as I was painting shaker table legs. I did about 3 coats of paint and gave it a last sanding with a very fine sand paper and then wiped it dry with a damp flour sack towel.

Also- Not all PoP is created the same! I bought an off brand first and when I mixed it with water it was a chunky mess. Out it went and off to Joann to buy the good stuff. (I made lots and lots and LOTS of trip to the store for my supplies).

After my paint was completely dry I applied Johnson Paste Wax with a soft cloth, and then gave it a light buffing. I have to say that these table legs feel as smooth as butta!! I did buy some Calcium Carbonate and will try that on my next project to see which recipe I like the best.
 After the Pop has been mixed into the pain it has the consistency of boxed cake mix batter.
 I love these mini rollers for small paint projects. They work perfect!
After the paint dries and gets a light sanding I like to add
Johnson Paste Wax to finish it.  

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