apple Our Fifth House: Adventures in Making My Own Chalk Paint

Monday, November 21, 2011

Adventures in Making My Own Chalk Paint

Happy Monday!  It's a short week, so it's a very happy Monday!  I just got back from a nice long weekend trip with my family.  I'm feeling refreshed and ready to eat some turkey.  How was your weekend?  Did any of you go see Breaking Dawn?  I'm going tomorrow night with some friends, and I can't wait!!!

Enough chit chat, let's get to the adventures shall we?  First off, do you know Sherry from No Minimalist Here?  Well, she is the genius behind my adventure in making chalk paint.  She actually found three different ways to make your own version, and you can read all about it right here.

I had this console table behind my sofa in my family room.  I never loved it there mainly because it was a black table against a dark brown leather sofa on a black floor.  Basically it just looked really heavy and dark.  You almost couldn't even see the table.  Take a look for yourself.



I had already removed the accessories in the above picture but you get the disappearing table idea, right?  It's like where's waldo.  This Pier 1 table that I purchased years ago was the right size though, and I liked the shape.  The easiest way to change the look would be with paint.  And that's how this adventure began.

I wanted to avoid priming mainly because I wanted to distress the table to have a little of the black show through.  I had a specific shade of blue in mind for this table, and the real chalk paint didn't come in this color.  I'll be honest though, I mainly just wanted to see if Sherry's version of chalk paint would really allow me to skip priming.  Considering that her version would only cost me $6, I figured it was worth the experiment.  So, I picked up some Plaster of Paris at Lowe's and began making my own chalk paint.



There is no specific formula, and as I mentioned before Sherry found that there are 3 different ways you can make your own paint.  I chose the Plaster of Paris route because it was the easiest thing to find.  I would say I mixed about 2 parts paint to 1 part Plaster of Paris.  The more P of P you use the more of a chalky look you will get.  The paint will thicken up a bit.  If it gets too thick you can add a little water, but I never had to do this.  I did notice that you have to mix really really well.  In fact, I'd recommend using a whisk to mix instead of a wooden stir stick.  Whisking it in will make it mix together very smoothly.

The first coat I did was a light blue-grey.  I did not sand first, and I did not prime.  After the first coat was dry, I used a little gold rub 'n buff on the edges.


It worked!  The paint stuck without priming or sanding, and it distressed beautifully!

This was not the color I was trying to achieve though, so I mixed in a little craft paint in phthalo blue.  I just added it right into to my homemade chalk paint and mixed.


Again, this wasn't the "right" color.  So, I mixed in a different shade of blue craft paint - navy blue.


 I was working at night, so I decided to wait until morning to access the color situation.

I woke up to this.



Nope, still not the color of blue I was trying to achieve.  It was time to mix up a new batch of homemade chalk paint.  I grabbed the navy paint I used on my son's bedroom ceiling, and added another coat of paint to the table.


Ahhhh, finally I'd found the right color.  Then I distressed the edges allowing the different shades of blue to peak through in areas and also some of the original black color.  I love the worn edges.



There are even a few hints of the gold rub 'n buff showing through!  I applied 2 coats of satin polycrylic to finish.



I'm in love!  You can actually see the table now!  I wanted the color on this table to match the color of these old books.




It was an adventure trying to get to the right shade of blue but it was worthwhile.

I love this blue against the brown leather sofa.  This combination of colors is one of my favorites - brown, blue, red, and black.


I'm really glad I decided to try Sherry's version of chalk paint.  It was easy to mix and use; and let's not forget how inexpensive it is compared to the real thing.  It only cost me $6!!!  I only had to buy the P of P since I already had the paint.  I've never used the real chalk paint, so I'm not going to say that this was better.  What I will say is that it gave a chalky finish and allowed me to skip priming.  Holla!  Sorry, but that deserved a  - Holla!  You know it did!  In addition it was very easy to distress.  I'm also loving that you can make any color you want since the real chalk paint only comes in a few shades.  The homemade version just gives you an alternative.



Have any of you tried making your own chalk paint?




Linking up at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Savvy Southern Style, Home Stories A to Z, Thrifty Decor Chick

34 comments:

  1. What a difference! Seems like it should have looked that way all along...the color is fabulous! I've wondered about the homemade chalk paint, so I'm glad you actually tried it and filled us in. Off to find something to paint...

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  2. Love the "new" look! I think I might be trying this out, I have a buffet in my dining room and I really don't want to prime either and have wanted to try chalk paint. Thanks for posting this today!

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  3. It looks lovely! Can I ask you a favor? Can you keep us posted on the wear? I am considering doing this but want to make sure it will wear well. Do you think a wax finish would work well? I haven't found a Zero VOC polycrylic finish and the regular stuff makes me ill unless I leave it air in the garage for a few months (currently not an option!) Thanks!

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  4. Love your final color and you have it accessorized beautifully. Great post. I need to give Sherry's paint a try. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Peggy- I'll definitely keep you posted on the wear. I think wax would have worked just fine, but I'm not as comfortable using it as I am with poly.

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  6. What?! I didn't even know you could! How did I miss this!!! I love the color and the styling! :) You did a great job!

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  7. Isn't Sherry just seriously clever? I remember reading the post where she shared the "recipe" for this and I totally want to try it! Your table looks positively fabulous Carmel and the color combos in the room are gorgeous. :-) I love how you accessorized it too and it really does pop now! Great job!
    Vanessa

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  8. OOOH! Love it! Can't wait to try it!! I've been wanting to try the chalk paint but have been on a budget BUT making my own - oooh, the possibilites are endless!! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. gorgeous, carmel! the color came out beautifully! i have yet to try this, but i definitely need to!

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  10. Dina Eisenberg| DinaLovesNovember 21, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Gotta love a woman with a plan and a paint brush! Love the blue/brown combo. Kinda liked the gold too. Can't wait to find something to try this on. Thanks, Carmel, for the inspiration.

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  11. I can see how you are drawn to blue, red, black and brown. They are apparent in your decor and you do a fine job combining them. I recently purchased chalk paint for a project (to do after Christmas) and will try the plaster of paris option if I run out.

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  12. I love red and blue together, too. You table color is gorgeous!

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  13. Carmel, I am so happy you like the DIY chalk paint. The table turned out wonderful and I love the final blue color. Thanks for the mention and link. Have a great Thanksgiving!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  14. Oooooooh...This is SO CRAFTY!!!! This looks like it could be fun... Thanks for sharing, and your table looks great! I love the blue!

    Casey

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  15. Your patience paid off. The final color is GORGEOUS!! What a great idea and so easy. I can't wait to give this a shot. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. Wow...I am super impressed by this project! It turned out great and looks so vintage! Bravo!!

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  17. Great job Carmel! The color is perfect and hanging in there to get the right color really paid off!!

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  18. Love the color you finally came up with...perfect! Looks great!

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  19. How did it cover, from your perspective? I'm thinking about chalk painting over a yellow dresser with black permanent marker on it, and I'd like to do it in a light color. Do you think this recipe would cover, or should I try to sand the marker out? Thanks!

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  20. It covers pretty well, but I would try to sand over the black marker first. Especially if you're painting a lighter color.

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  21. Turned out great! And not be a creeper, but is that a dressage picture on your gallery wall? If not: sorry, sometimes I swear I see horses when there are none; and if it is: horse people (especially english riders) rock! :-)

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  22. Love it! So glad I found this post! Was going to paint a craigslist dining table score with A.S., but now I'm going to test this new idea out!!! :)

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  23. Hey! I just found your blog today as ai was serachin for "How to make your own chalk paint" - I am so excited to try this. I have read a few tutorials on the subject and my biggest question is how the finish has worn over time. Are you happy with it? Has it been durable? Thanks so much for your time. - I'll be back!

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  24. Beautiful...just wondering, would you suggest using a darker colour then you want to end up with? Does the plaster of paris make the paint a different colour? Thanks!

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  25. Sarah - it's been very durable - they topcoat of poly helps to seal the finish nicely. I'm still very happy with the results.

    I would go lighter not darker depending on what you use to finish. The poly I used darkened the finish a little, but I'm not sure if wax has the same effect. The plaster of paris doesn't change the color at all. The top coat is what makes the difference in the end color.

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  26. I love the color you mixed for your table. (I'm trying to think of which accessory in my house I can paint to get a pop of that color in my home.) Looking forward to trying the homemade chalk paint recipe, too!

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  27. Well darn. I wish I would have seen this about two hours ago...BEFORE I went to my local stockist and spent $145 on two quart of ASCP and two cans of wax. Oh well...I'll definitely be trying your method in the future so I can compare the two. Thanks so much for the info!

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  28. Amazing shade given by this article by using Ready Mix Plaster which has lighter not a darker and looks for this is very beautiful..Really thanks for this graceful information..

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