Homemade Chalk Paint

Homemade Chalk Paint

I’m sure you’ve seen amazing chalk paint furniture refinishes all over the internet – especially that Duck Egg Blue. I don’t mean chalkboard paint. I mean paint that leaves a creamy, silky finish and can also be used in lots of layers for antique finishes. Have you priced that stuff? It’s crazy expensive, at least for my decorating budget. So, you want to know how I got this amazing blue table?

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Here’s the scoop. I found this article on Pinterest and thought, “I can do that!” It’s very simple and not an exact science -even better for me. Sorry I don’t have pictures of the process. I did it pre-blog, but I wanted to share it with you because it’s really simple and beautiful.

I had a free quart from Benjamin Moore in exhale AF-515. You use a 1 to 4 ratio of plaster of paris to paint. Go read the post above for directions. I do have one thing to add. You cannot use paint that has primer added. I was going to do this again with a creamy white in Camden’s nursery after having such great results. I tried mixing it twice and came out with a gloppy mess. I thought it was me doing something wrong, but after trying it twice, decided it was the primer. It was so easy when I did the blue table. Remember – No paint with primer!

When you are done painting a couple coats, you use a very fine sand paper. It’s more like buffing than sanding. Then you can add the distressing with a grittier sand paper.

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Once that is done, you apply finishing wax with a cloth. I used Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. This gives it the velvety smooth texture and glow.

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I hope this gives some of you hope for a much drooled over DIY project!

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Happy DIYing!

JulieBird

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