Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Home Made Chalk Paint on Step Stool

I found a step stool when looking at garage sales. It had a burnt looking top but was sturdy, heavy and only one dollar. Couldn't leave it behind.

I gave it a good wipe with polyclens, washed it with soap and water twice and rinsed it several times. The day was windy and warm enough to work outside. The wind dried the last of the moisture from the stool.

I made a batch of home made chalk paint.

I used 1 scoop of plaster of paris, 1 scoop of quite warm water and 3 scoops of white latex flat paint. I mixed the plaster of paris with the water until it was smooth and then added the paint, again mixing until it was very smooth. I did a quick paint of the entire stool and let it dry outside (that wind was very helpful in speeding things up).

Turned the stool over and painted the underside. Flipped it over again and painted the second coat. Repeated the process again. The burn on the top covered ok but there was an oil residue ring shape in the wood that didn't take the paint completely so I got out some Kilz (white) and painted 2 coats on the top and when dry painted 2 more coats of my home made chalk paint. I waxed the stool with a pale floor wax the next day.

Before and After
Waxed, photo shoot time.


  1. What an amazing transformation!!! I am itching to get back to refinishing some things! I have the top of an oak headboard LD to do. The bed was too large scale so LD simply took it apart and we are going to use the pretty oak pieces as shelves and a flat headboard.....after I refinish them.

    You always inspire us with your projects!
    There's nothing you can't make pretty!

  2. Home made chalk paint is certainly more economical than purchased chalk paint. Your little stool turned out great.

  3. That's so funny. I took advantage of the warm weather to paint some things outside yesterday, too! That little stool is worth more than $1 now! ~ Maureen

  4. I'm so glad you told us how to make homemade chalk paint. Now I just have to find some plaster of paris! Great re-do on the stool!!!

  5. love this! you took a bargain and made it into a treasure!

  6. Good find Joy! And now it looks really fabulous! Hope you having fun mixing up your own chalk paint!

  7. Thanks for sharing your "recipe" for chalk paint. I think your stool turned out great! I saw your post at "Anything Goes" link party.

  8. Oh my, she looks soooo pretty after her makeover. Thanks for sharing her at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY party.


  9. This is a great transformation, love the color. I have never used chalk paint and really want to and after seeing you use it I am going to have to get me some. I really enjoy your blog and I am a new follower.


  10. Your stool looks great. I am working on a cabinet right now with home made chalk paint, works good I think.

  11. What a beautiful makeover! It looks so pretty!

  12. Cute! I have been wanting to try chalk paint. I will have to try your formula.

  13. Wow! That's amazing. I've been collecting some things to paint. This method is just what I've been looking for. What wax do you use, Joy?

  14. Im lovin it. So, now Im your newest follower. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and hopefully you'll follow back.

  15. Adorable - great job!
    Thanks for coming by to link up...I would love to have you back this week!
    See you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change


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