Everyone has heard about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, right?
No? (Go here.)
It is rumored to be the best furniture paint money can buy.
However! It’s ~$35-40 +S&H for a quart. Yes, I said QUART.
Well, we all know I’m a thrifty girl, right? (I like to think so!) There was no way I was going to spend $100 on a tiny little bit of paint. Nope. Nuh-uh. Not happening. So what does a thrifty girl do when faced with a non-thrifty need?
I googled it, and made my own :)
I got the original recipe from LizMarieBlog.com.
Yup. It’s that simple.
I read a lot of different ways people are making chalk paint using non-sanded grout, plaster of paris, and calcium carbonate. I asked my hubs which of the three he believed would have the most adhesive properties and he said most likely the grout. After an hour or so of midnight surfing I decided I would try the grout recipe first. (I plan to try them all.)
Here is what you will need:
Solo cup (It’s not red. No singing! – I do love that song, hehe.)
Quart of your favorite color in FLAT (~$12)
White, Non-Sanded Grout (~$5)
220grit Sanding Block
Economy/Rough Bristle Brushes
Furniture Wax (AS-SW is recommended)
Mix the paint (1 cup) and non-sanded grout (1 tbs) then… stir your brains out (I even thought about using a blender then decided that would be a bad idea) until it’s smooth. There will be a few chunks here and there but you will brush them out when you apply the paint to your piece. Use your brush to liberally apply an even coat of your new chalk paint to a junky piece of furniture. I used this table as a guinea pig.
You do not need to sand or prime before application.
(Say what?? Yeah, I know. Excited yet?)
I scored it on a 50% furniture day at a local Thrift Store. Don’t those days rock?
Here she is after 1 coat :)
It’s amazing how lightening up the color revealed even more pretty details!
So soft and pretty. I am seriously in love. Missing drawer and all.
I’m kidding, the drawer was pulled out to paint ;)
After I applied 1 coat I had a few rough places.
Normally sanding latex is a nightmare right? It wants to peel and give you all kinds of grief?
Now here is the beauty of chalk paint…
Chalk paint does not peel.
It sands down to a smooth velvety texture.
I sanded my rough patches (shown above) and reapplied my chalk paint.
Another beautiful thing about chalk paint? It is virtually brushless.
(That doesn’t make any sense, Rachel. It sounded better in my head.)
What I mean is, your brush strokes are barely visible.
So rad. (Yep, I said it again!)
I read, during my information gathering, that AS-SW (the wax) is worth the investment.
So I have decided to order some for myself. I’m getting the clear and dark wax.
At that point this little table will get it’s permanent finish.
In total I spent ~$18 and got the custom color I wanted.
A deal is a deal ;)
Stay tuned for the final reveal next week!
Have you tried a homemade chalk paint recipe other than this?
How pleased were you with the finish?
Did you use any other types of wax?