Friday, February 10, 2012

Homemade Chalk Paint First Try

Thanks Stephanie of Junker Newbie for choosing this post for one of your features this week. Happy me.

November 2011 was the last garage sale, not much happening. At the final garage sale of the morning I found a bedside table with drawer, bottom shelf, Queen Anne style legs, gold accent paint on worn white. Paint wearing off, top with dings and splits, water stain all down back. I offered five, it was accepted and the bedside table sat in my living room untouched until now.

I picked up some Bondex Plaster of Paris Thursday. I had a litre of white satin latex paint sitting on the deck (all winter), a clean empty rhubarb/ strawberry jam jar, well worn paint brush, 1/4 cup measure and some newspaper. What could be better - my first try at making chalkpaint.

Recipe I used:
1/4 cup plaster of paris powder
1/4 cup slightly warm water
3/4 cup latex paint
[1/1/3 ratio]
Mix plaster of paris in slightly warm water, mix very well.
Added latex paint, continued mixing until smooth.

I used DryDex (pink) to fill in the dings and crack on the top of the bedside table and smoothed with a sanding sponge.

I painted the first coat. The paint went on much the same as ASCP [which I love]. Dried in about the same amount of time. Added second coat. Dried in. The water stain on the back didn't really cover properly so I opened some white Kilz oil paint and covered the water stained back. When it dried I painted another layer of the chalkpaint.

Check out the work that went in to the original finish on the little bedside table, 
all that gold lining!
 Some more views of the top dings and crack and the worn painted surfaces.
 DriDex sanded off, first coat on top and a colour sample of fresh and old paint.
 Condition of legs, first coat of chalkpaint.
 Second coat (drawer got 3 coats of chalk paint).
Painting finished. Surface feels the same as ASCP to me, slightly chalky feel.
Waxing is next.
 Dressed with a vintage netted hat and long black gloves.
Before (in the daylight) and after (in the late evening).

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  1. Awesome! I just did my first try with the homemade recipe and I loved it! Yours looks awesome! She is gorgeous!!!

  2. I have all the stuff to make it but haven't tried it yet! Is it really nice to work with? I think your little table looks awesome.

  3. This little table turned out beautiful! What a great job you did. And thanks for the tutorial on making the chalk paint! Thank you for joining TTF and have a fabulous weekend!

  4. Hi lovely lady.
    You did a beautiful job on your little table love the color.
    Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my tablescape for Valentines day.
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.
    XXOO Diane

  5. Wow great makeover. Love it! Stopping in from Diann's Thrifty Finds Friday.

  6. You never cease to completely AMAZE me! This looks awesome! Good job!

  7. Gorgeous job! I'm definitely going to pick up Plaster of Paris on my next Home Depot run! :)

    xoxo laurie

  8. Sorry you said "grout".I don't see that in the recipe.Am I just not understanding the directions? You did a beautiful job.Makes me anxious to try it so I want to get it right.Thanks!

    1. Freda sure glad you picked out the word grout - I fixed it right away, I meant Plaster of Paris. Whew!
      - Joy

  9. Fantastic job. I tried that recipe and really liked it. Also want to comment on how nice your blog looks. Your page reads easy on the eyes.

    1. Thanks for the kind words. I suspect that making the paint in small batches would keep the mixture/paint smoother.

  10. What are you using for wax?

  11. i have been wanting to try this for a while thanks for the great tutorial, it would be great if you have the time if you could link up at my new party starting today at
    many thanks xxx

  12. I must try this! I have so many pieces begging for some chalk paint. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. I must try this too, do you have to use a certain type of paint to make this? I'd love to use the homemade c/p on a endtable I bought at GW.
    I joined your Linky followers and also GFC, visting from 2805!


  14. This is great. Have a couple of pieces that are begging for a redo and I think this recipe is just the ticket.

  15. Cute! Cute! Cute! I have another Chalk paint recipe that uses non sand grout (is that the same as plaster of paris?) and it worked great on one table and terrible on another. Anyway, yours turned out really well! Would you come link this up at my place and show off?

  16. Hi Joy!

    Thanks for sharing this paint recipe. You sure did a great job of taking step by step pictures and explaining! How do you like the end result? Looks great in the pictures but I'm a touchy feely kind of person.

    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial at my Bunny Hop!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  17. I keep hearing about chalk paint, what a great way to try it to see if I like it! Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday over on Making Lemonade. ;-)

  18. It turned out great! Thanks so much for linking with us. Can't wait to see what you share next.

  19. This is GORGEOUS!!!! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!!! Excited to see your newest project linked up at tomorrow's party! {opens in the morning}. Also, my giveaway for 1000 free full color business cards ends at midnight!!! Stop by to enter! I'm happy to be following inspiring! XO, Aimee


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