As many of you know, I have been painting a lot of furniture this summer for my future apartment (wherever that may be…still waiting on jobs). With that, I have been doing a lot of research on popular painting techniques that give a furniture a vintage look. The first technique that I used, was written in one of my previous posts for a coffee table that I painted.
With several other pieces of furniture still set aside, I took the time to watch a variety of Youtube videos and read a bunch of blogs on refurbishing furniture. One of the more popular techniques I came across, was to use chalk paint. Chalk paint gives furniture more of a matte finished look, and I personally love everything online that I have seen painted in it. The most popular and well known brand is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, however, it is extremely expensive. One quart starts at about $35, which is extremely expensive. I refused to pay this much for a small amount of chalk paint, so I did some research and found several DIY chalk paint recipes and tutorials.
I found several recipes online, and the best one came from Pinterest (click here to view tutorial). It worked extremely well and I was very pleased with my results. Follow the tutorial from the recipe linked above. I listed the chalk paint ingredients below and included where I bought them and for how much (although they can be bought elsewhere and at different costs).
Recipe calls for:
- Plaster of Paris, bought from Michael’s–$6
- Valspar paint sample in Soft Panther color (ID: VRO88A), bought from Ace Hardware–$6.50
- SC Johnson furniture wax, bought from Ace Hardware–$8
- Foam roller for cabinets, bought from Ace Hardware–$3.50
- Plastic container and spoon for mixing and storing the chalk paint
- Furniture to paint
How to Apply the Chalk Paint:
After learning how to make my own chalk paint, I learned how to apply the paint. I followed the youtube video tutorial seen below. Note-This girl works for a store that makes their own chalk paint and wax, I just followed the tutorial and used my own chalk paint and wax that I had from the recipe above.
What I LOVE about chalk paint:
- No need to sand down your furniture before
- Dries faster than regular paint
- The matte finished look to it
- The wax goes on super easy and looks/feels better than using a polyurethane semigloss finish
Stay tuned for a tutorial on how my chalk painted furniture turned out in another post coming soon!