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. See my recipe for DIY Chalky Paint here (I use it as a primer too)
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?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.