Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Homemade chalk paint!


Chalk paint. We all have heard of it. I hope you have. Here's one that I hear about the most. Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. Very pricey but worth it! But let's face it... I don't have a job right now and we're on a budget! SO.... I've been researching the internet, other blogs and google and decided to make my own homemade chalk paint! Here's how I did it!


I started off by taking a trip to Lowe's to get the following:

Un-sanded Grout (Color White in tile section) I bought a small $5 bucket. Any brand, size!
Flat Paint (Check your mistinted paint sections!) Any brand and color, any size too!
Mixing Utensil- I bought stole a stirring stick from Lowe's paint department
Bowl- to mix your paint in
Paint brushes- brushes, sponges, etc. Whatever you prefer!

I started painting a few days weeks ago with my homemade chalk paint and was a little taken back by the consistency. I added almost 3 tbsp of un-sanded grout to my 1 cup of white flat paint. It thickened with time so be sure to mix well and wait about 5 minutes to let it thicken. Mix again before use.

I wanted a really shabby finish to the piece and I LOVE how it turned out! I ended up painting 2 coats of this homemade chalk paint on my piece of furniture and that's it. It required little to no prep work. I lightly sanded my piece of furniture as usual. I did NOT prime the piece first. And I am amazed at the results! All I had to do after the 2 coats of my homemade chalk paint was seal  the piece with my favorite poly, MinWax's Poly water based.

Here's the final result!


I know it's a bad picture but it's 12:15 p.m. here in Florida. Don't ask me why I'm painting this late... I just get a burst of energy sometimes. But you can really tell in the photo how thick and great of a finish it has. I just can't rave about it enough. The little hole to the right is where the hardware is supposed to go. It was bothering me too.

So... are you going to try my homemade chalk paint? What do you think? If you haven't started following me on Instagram, you can follow me at @allyschmidheiser.

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Ok! So goodnight bloggies! I'll talk to y'all soon.
Y'all come back now, ya hear! ;-) I had to throw my southern charm in there... hehe.

XOXO,
Ally










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