November 18, 2011

Homemade Chalk Paint

I just love all the look of ASCP, but being the queen of frugal I wanted to try a cheaper version. There were several options, unsanded grout and plaster of paris found in craft stores and home centers and calcium carbonate, which I would have had to order. There was also baking soda which I had, since I was anxious to get started, I oped for the baking soda.

I had found 2 folding chairs at a yard sale for $2 each, one was painted blue and the other a battered, shinny dark wood finish. I had found some blue-green oops paint at the Home Depot and decided to use it for this project.

I used 1/3 baking soda to 2/3 paint ratio and added a little water. You do have to stir for a while, but it mixed pretty well. I was thrilled I didn't have to sand or prime before painting [except for some rough spots on the seat].  I used a brush to apply the paint mixture, it covered well and there were no brush marks. So far so good.

I wanted a distressed look , so I tried to lightly sand it but it didn't want to come off,  I ended up using my electric sander. So if you don't want to distress your piece this is  perfect, it sticks to shinny surfaces very well.

Since I didn't have any dark wax I decided to use a clear glaze I found on sale and tinted myself.  It gave it an aged appearance, [but I really want to try the dark wax in the future] I then waxed it with a clear wax.

Over all I was pleased with how it turned out. Would using less baking soda make it sand easier?  I don't know, I intend to experiment and find out and I will let you know.

Linking to:
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
My Repurposed Life
Terrific Under Ten Tuesday at At Home with K
Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much


Recaptured Charm said...

Very crafty and frugal indeed. I haven't as of yet made my own paint, but yours turned out fabulous. Love the colors. By the way, I use any paint I have around to mix with my glaze, satin or flat, but not craft paint. I haven't tried it, but I prefer using mixed paints I have.
Great project !

Small Holdings Farm said...

Hi Wanda, Love your chair re-do. I am also a fan of oops paint...I'm your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back and get in on my driftwood sailboat give-a-way. Sherron

Wanda @ Centsible Chic said...

Lisa, thanks for answering my question. I think the problem was the craft paint. For my next project I will use regular paint and hopefully it will turn out as beautiful as yours.

Dawn said...

Thanks for checking out my end tables :) You did such a great job on these chairs! Mess up paints always turn out to be my favorite and SO much cheaper.
I have been wanting to try the baking soda paint as well to decide which I like best. The grout paint is really easy to mix and fairly easy to distress... I boosted the color a little in the pictures because it was a gloomy rainy day.. but it made my distressing looked like mud was thrown around, lol It looks a little different in person.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

fabulous! baking soda eh? hmmm I don't have any laying around...
Love your chairs, thanks for the tips!
thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can, catching you this week

Proper Prim said...

Caught you over at Gail's. I am your newest follower...

thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I was just about to order the CC as I couldn't find it anywhere locally. I have lots of baking soda around and may just give this a try tomorrow.

Your chairs look lovely, love the colours you used.

Have a great night.

Hugs, Deb

Junky Vagabond said...

Hi Wanda, I'm using baking soda and oops paint/leftover paint also and have found it works well. I'm much too cheap to buy the real stuff, and honestly I might not. I do find that when I mix the baking soda with a little water before adding the paint, it makes it easier to mix.

Cute chairs for $2!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing and the chairs look great! I am your newest follower. said...

Now this is so neat to see! I canNOT wait to try the baking soda. My readers would LOVE this. Please share this Monday at the "Meet Me Monday" linky party! I post it Sunday night at 10pm. It is growing so try to post Sunday night. I would love for this to be one of the first. It is right up my readers allies! I would love for it to send you more readers. So glad I found you! Love, Me

Wanda said...


I haven't used grout paint yet, but it is on my list. I think your end tables looked great!

Wanda said...

@Gail - This was my first experiment with the baking soda. It worked great except it was a little hard to sand off. Will try adjusting the mixture on my next project.

@Deb - Thanks for following. I am now following your blog as well! Nice bathroom makover by the way! I am not the most patient person and being budget conscious, I decided to try to use what I already had on hand and for $1 for both the paint and the baking soda, I can't complain!

Wanda said...

@Junky Vagabond - Thanks for the tip. Next time I'll try that!

@Who New Creations - Thanks for following, I am following you back as well!

@Youaretalkingtoomuch - Thanks for letting me know about your "Meet Me Monday" link party. I added the chairs!

Anonymous said...

Oh good grief, you are amazing. Just when I thought I'd hit the 'bonkers' button, also being the 'queen of frugal land' I see this, which is fabulous. ASCP is out of my budget--and have actually used ground white chalk mixed into latex paint, along with some water, which worked nicely on a small table. But, I will try your solution, as I am always on the prowl for 'good on the cheap.'

Kelly said...

I tried this mixture and it came out a tad grainy. Did I maybe add to much baking soda or not mix enough? BTW I love your follower here!!!

Wanda said...

Thanks for following. I lightly sanded after I painted and it took out the roughness. Junky Vagabond suggested mixing the baking soda with a little water before adding the paint, this may help. Good Luck.

Lady of the Woods said...

Hello, I followed these guidelines and painted my front Gate using paint we already had for the inside. It worked well, I even preferred it to the "unchalked" version. It painted the gate silkier and dried faster and easier to clean. Thank you. I have posted this post to another discussion about chalk recipes here

Anonymous said...

This may be a stupid question, but what about baking powder? Would it work smoother? Im new to all this. I just checked to see if i had baking soda but found the clabber girl powder. It seems less gritty. What do you think?

Candy said...

I love your chairs. They really turned out nice.
I'm now following you from Please come visit me and maybe you'll follow back???