Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Quick Tip Tuesday: Easy/Cheap Chalk Paint Fix

For a while now I've been a little tired of my decor. I went through a period where I painted everything black. And for several years I've loved the look of the black against all the other rich colors that I've added to our home. But suddenly it all seemed a bit heavy to me.  After getting rid of a few pieces that I just didn't love anymore, I decided to do some rearranging and updating.

I bought this great dresser a few years back at my local Thrift for $35. I loved all the drawers and how it had kind of a Pottery Barn feel to it. It was a little rough when I got it, but after some sanding and a few nice coats of beautiful black, it became a focal piece in our living room. 


Thanks to Pinterest, I've suddenly become taken with that warm, mustardy tone of yellow. I started out just painting my doors in the happy shade. But when I looked at my black dresser one morning, I decided that my left over door paint was the perfect color for a makeover.

I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a lazy painter. I love the look of the finished product, but any shortcut I can take to get there and I'm all over it. Enter chalk paint. It's been the hot thing in the blog world for a while now. And it's expensive. And, though all the reviews I've read tell me that the name brand redi-mix chalk paint is amazing, there was just no way I could justify spending that amount on a small quart of paint. But, again thanks to Pinterest, I found the formula to make my own magic mix. The best part is that you can use any latex paint you have (or check out the mis-match paint at your local paint store for another cheap alternative) a small amount of Plaster of Paris and some water. That's it. Three ingredients.

The Magic Formula:

1/2 cup Plaster of Paris
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups latex paint

In a small container, mix the water and the Plaster of Paris powder until well blended. Add the paint and mix well again. I keep my paint in an old coffee can with a tight fitting lid so that I can cover it between coats. What's so amazing about this paint? Virtually no prep work. Oh yeah. Right up my alley. The only thing I do on most pieces is to give it a quick wipe down to get rid of any dust. Early Sunday morning I hefted the dresser out in the yard, mixed my bucket of paint and started slopping it on. That's another great thing about this mix. You don't have to be too careful about how you apply it.


The first coat generally looks awful and I always wonder if I've made a mistake and shouldn't have started. By the second coat, I'm generally in love with how things are looking. This dresser took three coats to cover but that was only because I was using a much lighter color to cover black. But by the time the third coat dried I was doing a happy dance and totally in love with the velvety yellow color.


When the paint was good and dry, I went over it all lightly with a fine grade sandpaper, wiped it down with a dry cloth and then applied three coats of good old Johnson's Floor Wax. I like the velvety feel of the wax finish. 


The picture just doesn't do it justice. Tried as I might I couldn't get the light right in the photo. But the color is warm and so perfect for fall. And it was so easy to do. So go find a beat up piece of furniture and give this easy fix a try. Before you know it you'll be walking around looking at your things and thinking "wow, that would look awesome with a coat of chalk paint!"


1 comment:

  1. wow wren that makes a world of difference looks fantastic xx

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