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DIY Chalk Paint Review

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I finally did it!  I made my own Chalk Paint!  I have been dying to get my hands on some ASCP, but haven't wanted to cough up the money.  I have seen so many recipes for making your own chalk paint, but just haven't done it yet. 

Yesterday I was debating on what I want to do with painting my kitchen table and really wanted to use chalk paint instead of regular.  That is when I remembered this recipe from the The Liz Marie Blog...I happened to have everything on hand to try it and decided to give it a whirl.  What do you think?




 This was the ultimate test for this DIY recipe because this is what the I was working with...


I stripped the black paint from the seat of the chair in order to stain it and I left the rest black.  I know that with Chalk Paint that you are not supposed to have to use a primer, so this was the ultimate test going from black to white, with no primer.  {I also like the mixture of the brown and black underneath with the distressing}.

I am happy to say that I got this look from only two coats of paint!  My favorite part was that there was no dripping! I absolutely hate painting things like these chairs with designs and curves, where I tend to get a lot of dripping.  It also dries very quickly, which is fabulous for n impatient person like me!

The main thing about this recipe of Chalk Paint is that it is a little gritty from the tile grout, so it does require sanding when you are complete.  It didn't bother me with this piece, since I was planning on heavily distressing it anyway. 

I am not sure if the paint would hold up to being stored, so I only mixed a cup at a time in a separate container.  I didn't use even close to a full cup of paint for this chair.

P.S.  I used grey grout because that is what I had on hand and there was no change in color to my paint.  I also used an Eggshell paint because I didn't have Flat on hand and it worked out just fine.

How about you guys, have you tried this recipe or any other ones?  How did you feel abou it?

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23 comments:

Erica Beth said...

Wow... Honestly, I've wanted some chalk paint to use in my son's room, but like you, I didn't want to cough up the money. I didn't even know you could make your own chalk paint! I'll definitely have to try this out.

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

I love how this turned out. I really wanna give this chalk paint a try. Following along! :) I would love for you to stop by and share this at my linky party going on right now :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2012/01/bedazzle-me-monday-16.html

Have a great week!!

Jennifer said...

Love, love, love it! I also have black chairs in my breakfast area and your chair may have just convinced me to change it! Featuring you on my site Friday. I hope you'll come by for a look!
Jen
Scissors & Spatulas

Karla Medina said...

I tried homemade chalk paint and love it. Your chair looks great. I've now become a new follower. :)

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

I love these chairs! The shape and paint are fabulous! I'm your newest follower. =)

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

Thanks ladies!!

Jessica Bruno said...

This came out great! That's cool you made your own paint, nice!

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said...

I have never heard of chalk paint until now. The chair looks great! Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday!

Emmy said...

Looks great! Haven't made my own yet, but someday...

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

LOVE it, Brooke! Awesome job!

adventuresindinner said...

Wow! This has been on my list to make-it'll get to the top now.

Thank-you so much for taking the time to share at our Pin'Inspiration party this week. I really hope that you can take part in my "Beat the Winter Blues" party on Saturday. :-)

Adriane said...

Oh my goodness, so funny I just posted on this same thing! Our posts almost sound the same, lol! Didn't it sand down nicely?

Adriane pagesfromhome.blogspot.com

{northern cottage} said...

oh how pretty - love the fresh crisp vibe & yet it is still old and vintagey and cool! well done!

c'mon over for a visit and play at our linky going on now!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

Rachael said...

I just bought some ASCP. But I wanted to try it and try the homemade stuff on something else to see if there was really much of a difference. Your chair looks fantastic. Nice work.

Alecia @ ChickenScratch NY said...

Your chair looks amazing!

I just did the DIY chalk paint on a *laminated wood* bookshelf. It distressed almost too easily. I'm waiting to see how it stands up to life before I redo the other bookshelf. I used plaster of paris and a mix up paint from Lowes (valspar exterior satin something)

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

So beautifully distressed! I have thought about making my own chalk paint too- I usually use just plain satin latex, but appreciate your review-did you need to seal the top coat with anything?

Honey at 2805 said...

Nice project! Thanks for the tips! Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

Junking and Painting said...

I made my own chalk paint this week too...I read one reader said when using the unsanded grout that the smell was bad, so I chose to try it out with 1/2 cp plaster of paris, 1/2 cup hot water...whisked together...then added 1/2 cp flat or satin paint. I also added about 2 tbsp of glaze when I needed it to dry slower when I was dry brushing it for a particular look. Worked great! Used Johnson's paste wax on hand and love it so far.

TwoThirtyFiveDesigns said...

Holy moly...pure awesomeness! Wonderful job! Thanks for linking up to my 365 challenge ;)

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Looks SO good!!! I want to try it, too! So curious about durability and sealing it!??! What are your thoughts sweet chalk paint making expert! Thanks LOTS for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!

XO, Aimee

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

Thanks so much everyone!

I just sealed mine with a coat of Poly and it seems like it will hold up just fine. This was definitely a good choice for the chairs, since I was planning on them being highly distressed, but I don't know that I would choose this method if not because of the graininess that needed to be sanded away...

I am sure it doesn't even compare to the real ASCP, but it was still fun and game me the results I was looking for :-)

P.S. I do not have any weird smell from the grout - hopefully I won't in a couple weeks or anything ;-))

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing a Feathered Nest Friday!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Just tried this recipe -- I'm still waiting for the pieces to dry but I do see the gritty lumps in the finished product. I'm thinking that as you said, if you're going for a distressed, sanded look, this will work fine. Just tried it on small pieces for now.

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