I taught my first night class last week. It was a class to compare chalk paints and milk paint. I forgot to take any pictures during the class, but I did take some pictures of my sample board.
I sectioned off one of those many cabinet doors I got and painted several versions of DIY chalk paint, Annie Sloan, and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.
The milk paint didn’t chip until I put two coats on. The top portion has two coats, the lower portion has one coat. You’ll see below that the milk paint ended up chipping completely on the two-coat section.
I put some wax on each of the sections so the participants could see how each paint works with wax.
This is the board after class. I painted some white diy chalk paint on the right to test out some other “waxes”. Minwax has a new dark wax, but I wasn’t able to find it, so I purchased some brown and black shoe polish. They did okay as far as sealing, but didn’t really change the color of the white much.
not shown: on the back, we used the unsanded grout version, along with regular latex paint.
I also took this glass jar as a sample with each version of chalk paint on it. We agreed that the POP version worked best as a chalkboard surface. I didn’t do any prep work to the glass. Lightly sanding may have helped the paints adhere better.
This is the handout I gave the ladies. I had never used Calcium Carbonate before. I was impressed with it, but you can see pound for pound, it’s not a very frugal option. I hadn’t used Johnson’s paste wax in years. I picked it up the day of the class. I liked that it is softer and easier to apply than Minwax. The Wipe-On Poly is one of my go-to’s for sealing diy chalk paint. Waxing still bothers this old shoulder, so I’m looking for easier options.
I use the same ratio for each of the diy versions. 2 TBS of powder to 4 tsp water…mixed well, then added to 1 cup of paint.
I can’t believe I forgot to take pictures. It was a great night, and everyone was so nice and asked so many questions, I was too busy to remember the pics. It wasn’t till everyone left, and all was cleaned up, that I even thought about it.
I had stations set up with the following items:
- Cupboard door taped off
- paint brush
- foam brush
- several assorted trays
- cheese cloth
- soft cloth
- fork, knife, spoon (for mixing and scooping)
- paper towels
- a cup of water (for cleaning brushes)
Everyone got to test all of the DIY chalk versions, ASCP, and MMS milk paint on their cupboard door. Then they got to choose a treasure from my recent finds to makeover in class.
- plastic mirror frame
- set of plastic framed bird prints
- wooden tray
- wooden frame
- framed mirror (wooden)
- metal tray
- wooden organizer
Some chose the ASCP for the treasures, while others chose to mix their own chalk paint. The ladies did a great job on their projects, but we ran out of time to complete them. I furnished them with little condiment cups with lids to take home whatever they needed to complete their project.
This is Valinda’s project. This was a run of the mill wooden desk organizer that she chose to paint in a two-toned color scheme. Great job Valinda!
My next class (coming up next Tuesday) is repurposing a cupboard door into a chalkboard. I’m looking for unusual chalkboard items to share with the class. What have you painted with chalkboard paint?