Thursday, June 14, 2012

Painting With Homemade Chalk-y Paint....

I have a secret...

I have never painted with that famous chalk-y paint... you know the one I speak of, right?? 
I know, it's a shame....but I haven't been able to bring myself to pay the price.

For the time being, since I am new to painting furniture, I use my homemade version of chalk-y paint and so far I am loving the results I am getting

To make it...
I use
2 tablespoons unsanded grout to 1 cup of flat paint 
I used my free Clark + Kensington paint from Ace Hardware
The color is Venice Beach

I started with this mom rescued it for me.
It was in pretty bad shape...

My favorite thing about chalk-y paint is that there is no sanding needed!
Awesome, right?
Just make sure the mixture is nice and smooth before you start.

I painted on a few good coats, let it dry and then I distressed it with a fine grit sand paper and hand sanded it to shabby non perfection, perfection


It found a home in my art studio for the time being.... 

Oh....It's love 

How about you? Have you painted anything with homemade chalk-y paint before? Or is it time that I bite the bullet and start buying some Annie??

I would love to hear what you think, Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  1. Perfection C, just perfection! I love the table and I LOVE how bad it was before you gave it your homemade chalk paint love! AND I love your new blog look! :o)
    You rock!

  2. That's it! I have a lovely side table that is in desperate need of a paint job and I've been putting it off because I really don't feel like * groan * sanding it.
    I am all over this chalkboard paint idea. Thanks for the inspiration, beautiful!

  3. Love The Blog Look!

    Love The Table. . .& Totally Understand The AS Chalk Paint Issue!

    I Have An Unopened Quart, I Purchased It In Dec. 2011 (along with two AS books). Haven't used it because at the price, I don't want to "waste". Not sure how that reconciles with storing it in the bottom of the closet but that is just how it is ;-/, for now anyway!

  4. Love the new blog look and that table looks great! And I usually don't like things painted with chalk paint.

  5. I am just like you just too Frugal (as my mother in-law would call it) to buy the annie sloan Chalk paint. But I have painted a few pieces of furniture with your tips and just bought the Annie Sloan wax to finish it off. It still amazes me what happens to a piece of furniture when there is new life given to it. Love it :)

  6. Your table looks great! What a super tranformation! I have never tried homemade chalk paint before, maybe I should before I buy another can of Annie Sloan just to see if there's any difference. (I'm guessing there isn't.)


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