Sunday, April 19, 2015

DIY Chalk paint

Hi readers!  So I decided to do a quick separate post just on making the chalk paint.  After reading this blog:, I decided to make the calcium carbonate recipe.  First, I started by making a trial batch to do a test on a piece of wood scrap.  I'm sure glad I did because the recipe was very grainy.  It was difficult to mix all of the powder smoothly.

For the next batch, I added 2-3 Tbs of water to 1/2 cup of calcium carbonate.  Once blended into a paste, it was a lot easier to add the cup of paint for a smooth consistency.  I'm using Sherwin Williams Color-to-Go in Antique White.  Everything I've read says that you can use the color samples since it's going to be sealed with wax.  Trying to save money where I can :)

Another thing I've learned:  Buy multiple bottles of calcium carbonate.  I figured I would just start with one and see how things went.  Well, now I want to keep working and am stuck waiting for Amazon to ship it.  Thankful that Amazon has fast shipping!

This finish is nice and smooth (and a little chalky).  Love it!  This is with 2 coats of paint before wax.

I'll post some pics of the progress after I get the clear and dark wax on a few cabinets.

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