What side of the fence are you on for chalk furniture paint?
What side of the fence are you on for chalk furniture paint? Do you love it? Are you over it? Whatever your opinion is of chalk paint it has taken the art of refinishing furniture to a new realm, which I don’t think is going to change any time soon. I am on the love it side and have learned how to make chalk furniture paint for a fraction of the cost to purchase it.
I like the “old charm” or” farmhouse style” look that chalk furniture paint provides, especially for our cottage. But chalk furniture paint can cost up to $40 for a quart!
I did some research and figured out how to make chalk furniture paint for a fraction of the cost.
To start I want to clarify that Ann Slone first developed the term “chalk paint” and she has a copyright for that term. Because of this you will see variations on the phrase such as: chalk furniture paint, chalky paint, or chalked paint. I have used Ann Slone products and they are very high quality and provide excellent results.
I had heard that you can make a chalky paint and get a similar effect at a fraction of the cost. So, I decided to give it a try.
My first candidate for this painting process was an old folding mirror I found at a thrift store. The mirror was in pretty good shape but it’s dark wood frame would not work for me in the setting I had planned for it. I had a perfect spot in mind for it at the cottage and decided that I would go ahead and purchase it (I got it for $8 woo hoo) and try the homemade chalky paint on it. It was an inexpensive piece that I could experiment with, so if the homemade chalk furniture paint didn’t work, no big deal.
After some research, I decided to go with the following recipe to make my own chalky paint.
How to Make Chalk Furniture Paint
1/3 c plaster of paris (it comes as a powder in a carton)
1/3 c water
1 c latex paint (I used some that I had on hand in an eggshell finish)
After all the ingredients are mixed the texture is quite thin, not as thick as regular latex paint.
To prepare the mirror I first cleaned all the wood, front and back.
I used a couple drops of Dawn dish liquid mixed in some water. This mirror looked to be neglected for some time and had mold all over the wood on the back. I lightly wiped the soap and water mixture over the wood. The Dawn mixture worked well at removing the mold.
After washing it I rinsed it with plain water, taking care not to totally soak the wood. When it dried (about 24 hours later) I taped the mirror off with blue painter’s tape. I did not think scraping paint off a mirror would be fun!
With an inexpensive paint brush, I liberally brushed on the paint mixture. It dries very fast! After about an hour it was ready for me to apply the wax. What wax you ask? Applying wax after the chalk furniture paint is one of the steps in completing the project. It gives it that wonderful “old charm” patina.
There are a couple of wax options. Typically, you can find a clear wax or a dark antiquing wax. With this project I decided to go with the dark antiquing wax. I purchased Valspar Antiquing Wax for Chalky Paint Finishes from Lowes.
To apply the wax I used a rag, wiping in the direction of the wood grain. There are special round brushes you can purchase for this, like stenciling brushes, but I found that using a rag worked well.
The finished result was exactly what I was looking to achieve!
I am very pleased with my paint finish and I am glad I learned how to make chalk furniture paint for a fraction of the cost of purchasing it pre-made. I can’t wait to try this process again on another piece!
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