Are you familiar with Chalk Paint? Those who aren’t familiar with chalk paint often confuse it with chalkboard paint; however they are completely different and aren’t related in anyway. Chalk paint has made the art of painting and re-finishing sooo easy. When using chalk paint you don’t have to do any prep work, that means no sanding, stripping or priming, all you do is apply 1 coat, wait an hour for it to dry (That’s right, it only takes 1 hour to dry), apply a second coat (let it dry) and you have a perfect paint job. Chalk paint is extremely versatile and can be used on any surface including, rod-iron, metal, walls, flooring, waxed and varnished furniture and the list goes on and on.
If you are like me and love the shabby chic / distressed look then you’ll be glad to know that with chalk paint all you have to do is scrape your fingernail or whatever tool you prefer across the area that you want to distress and the paint comes right off. Once you have achieved your desired look apply a soft wax (I use Minwax Paste Finishing wax) by slowly massaging the wax onto the surface with a rag. This will seal the surface creating a finished look.
You can buy chalk paint; however it’s really expensive, so I say…why buy when you can DIY!!!
There are several different ways to make chalk paint, but the way that I make it is with Plaster of Paris, it’s REALLY easy.
Here is what you need
- 2.5 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris
- 1 Tablespoon of warm water
- 1 cup of paint (I like using the paint samples that you get at Lowes and Home Depot)
- Container (I use a Tupperware container)
- Paint Stick
Start by putting 2.5 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris into your container. Then you pour 1 Tablespoon of warm water in with the Plaster of Paris
Stir it until all of the lumps are gone. You want it to be slightly runny because it will thicken. I learned this the hard way 🙂
After you have a smooth paste you add 1 cup of paint into your container and mix it for about 1-2 minutes
Once your paint turns into a thick paste you will have successfully made your very own Chalk Paint.
As a side note, the first coat of paint will not go on seamlessly, it will have brush strokes; however the second coat will cover all the brush strokes creating an even seamless look.
I am in the process of painting a faux leather file cabinet that came from Home Decorators awhile back. I really didn’t like the color of it, it’s a reddish brown, so I decided to test out how chalk paint does on faux leather. When I get it finished I’ll post it!!
In the meantime here is a link to a personalized shabby chic step-stool I painted last year using yellow chalk paint. In the tutorial you can see how smooth chalk paint goes on, how to create a distressed look (chalk paint makes distressing a breeze) and how to seal chalk paint with paste finishing wax.
Chalk paint is hands down my absolute favorite type of paint. If you are a DIYaholic like me and have yet to use chalk paint, you absolutely MUST try it!! I promise it will forever change the way you DIY!!