I’ve made my own diy chalk paint before, along with my own chalkboard paint. For the chalkboard paint I used unsanded grout. So many people are making chalky paint with plaster of paris so that’s what I’ve been using. I made my own chalky paint for the paneless cupboard door shelf.
To start, I poured some water onto the plaster of paris and stirred it up. To get more details see my post DIY chalky paint makes a great primer.
Then I added some red paint, and stirred some more. I mix paint just like I cook—I don’t measure anything. There are lots of recipes online for this if you need it.
The best reason to use this paint is there is very little prep to do.
I bought some little red chairs at our Habitat for Humanity ReStore last year. They were a little rough.
The one on the left is after a quick coat of the homemade chalky paint.
After both chairs got their little makeover, I broke out the Annie Sloan dark wax. The one on the left is after the wax.
This is a table I got from jamie. She bought it at a thrift store several years ago, and painted it. She used it for quite awhile, but then passed it on to me.
I did a quick coat of the chalky paint on it, not working hard to cover up the undercoat.
I used Rustoleum Chalkboard paint on the top of the table. I general do at least 3 coats. Going east to west on the first coat, north to south on the next coat, then sort of both ways on the last coat. I use a foam brush when I paint chalkboard paint on. Then I store it in a baggie. It lasts a LONG time that way.
Not shown—after the chalkboard paint dried on the table, I put a light coat of the dark wax on the table (the red part of course, not the top).
I’m really pleased how the chairs got a facelift, but didn’t really change them much.
I also love the red and the black together.
Aren’t the chairs sweet? They do have some bad places in them, but I figure they might be as old as me, so the imperfections add to their charm!
Ohhh to be a kid again!
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