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.