Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chalk Paint

As you have visited blogs you have probably seen posts where the ladies are using chalk paint on the furniture they are working on.  I was intrigued by the quick dry time, no priming and no sanding.  You also probably saw most of them are using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  As most of the ladies stated it is pretty pricey for a small amount of paint.  I also read that you could make your own chalk paint with paint and Plaster of Paris.  I decided to give that a go before I tried Annie Sloan.


I mixed some paint I had on hand and came up with a light Aqua.  I decided to try it on a piece I had just picked up at thrift store for $9.00.  I thought if it didn't work I really wasn't out much except my time.  I almost forgot to take before pictures so  you get to see a half-painted before photo.  This piece was just raw wood and I didn't prime it.  I slapped on two coats of paint and it does dry fast.  I did decide to sand as I could see brush marks.  It sanded easy and quick.  But do it outside as it makes a chalky dust.  Duh! chalk paint.

I finished it off with two coats of clear paste wax.  Here is the after picture and I think it looks great.  It does have a hand painted look and not a factory finish.  So I had to give in and get a can of Annie Sloan just to see if it is indeed better than what I can make myself.  Wonder if it's like food - homemade is always better.

6 comments:

Thisisme. said...

That little unit looks lovely, Stella. I love the acqua colour. Strangely enough, I quite a bit of pine furniture (chests of drawers) and I shall be rubbing them down tomorrow to try to make them a bit more modern looking. Wish me luck. I shall put some new handles on as well so, hopefully, they will be transformed!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay you need to write me and explain that a little further. LOL
sandie

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Delightful transformation...

Gentle hugs...

Shelia said...

Hi Stella! Oh,the little cabinet looks great and the color is so sweet! I've still never used the chalk paint. I'm so behind the times.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

nancygrayce said...

Wow! Good job and love the things you arranged in the shelves!

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Very sweet color....but I am confused..did you use some purchased chalk paint afterwards on this?
YES please tell us your recipe for the chalk paint you made if you think it is worth a try.
I also have looked at the price of Chalkpaint..and gosh, you would not want to paint anything much bigger than what you did...it could double the price of the piece !
Thanks for stoppng by.