Friday, 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

17 comments:

  1. 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 !
    Lisa

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  2. 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
    http://smallholdings.blogspot.com

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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

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  6. 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

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  7. 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!

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

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  9. 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

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  10. Dawn,

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

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  11. @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!

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  12. @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!

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  13. 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.'

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  14. 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 blog...new follower here!!!

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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 http://pickinandpaintin.blogspot.com/2012/03/chalk-paint-recipes-and-turorial.html

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

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