Okay…you asked for it and we heard you loud and clear. You have emailed us, left messages and comments wanting to know our go-to chalk paint and how to use it. So this is for all of you 🙂
Our chalk paint is a DIY homemade recipe. We concocted this recipe a few years ago when Jennifer lived in her first home in North Carolina. Name brand chalk paints were all the rage but, we wanted to use different colors of paint and we were on a limited budget. I contacted my brother, Glenn to ask his expert advise because – A) He owns his own contracting business and B) I trust him. I explained our painting projects and asked for his expertise. Glenn recommended mixing Plaster of Paris in latex paint. After a bit of trial and error this is what we came up with:
Chalk Paint Recipe:
- 3 Parts latex paint
- 1 Part Plaster of Paris
- Water – used in small amounts
Plaster of Paris is sold in practically every hardware store and is approximately $6.00 and lasts a VERY long time.
We have painted countless pieces of furniture for our own homes as well as for friends and clients using this recipe.
Why use this chalk paint?
- Odorless, except for paint smell
- Dries in 15-20 minutes
- You can save leftover paint for at least three weeks – just remix thoroughly
A great thing about mixing this in a Mason jar is:
- Great for shaking and mixing
- Wonderful way to save and store the leftover paint
This is the table that I wanted to makeover. I know some of you may like this table just the way it was. I however, did not. I have had this table for over 15 years. It is not real wood and it is too ornate for my taste now. I’m not sure what it is made out of 🙂
This paint gave great coverage with just one coat and was completely dry in just 20 minutes!
When the table was completely dry, I used paste wax all over the table top and drawers and just a little on the legs. I used a brush applying in a crosshatch pattern, repeating the process with dark wax. By applying clear wax first, it makes the dark wax application easier and very forgiving if you make a mistake and apply too much dark wax.
Give chalk paint a try – or contact us and we will show you how 🙂