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.
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