Ever since I starting painting my furniture projects with my favourite chalk paint recipe, I’ve gotten more and more addicted to searching for furniture pieces that have great potential to being beautiful again. Most of the time, they are right under my nose…My family has been the beneficiaries of this addiction!
The wonderful thing about painting with chalk paint is that there is no right or wrong way to use this paint. You develop your own techniques as you go along for the effect you want. I happen to like a smoother look and prefer to use a polyurethane finish to give my projects added protection, particularly since they are used in high traffic areas. I haven’t had the occasion to try waxing yet, but once I find the right piece of furniture, I will definitely try it, but until then…….
Below are some of the chalk paint recipes I have collected. Everyone has their own preference and people who have used these recipes and shared them, report good results. Again, I encourage people to develop their own preferences for the effect they want and try these for themselves….and let me know how it worked out!
My favourite recipe has got to be using calcium carbonate. I mix ¼ cup calcium carbonate together with 2 tablespoons of water until smooth. Then I slowly add the mixture into 1 cup of flat latex paint (no primer) and stir until smooth. If you have a bigger project, just double the recipe. Easy peezy!!
This recipe has never failed me. Never mix the powder directly into the paint or you will get calcium lumps. This paint doesn’t get hard so you don’t have to worry about adding more water while you are working with it, nor do you have to worry about it hardening if you have left-overs and want to store it for another project. This paint goes on smooth and is easy to work with, whether you want to distress or not.
I tried a little experiment on a small project and used both the baking soda and the plaster of paris recipes. Lots of people like these versions, but I didn’t like the texture of the baking soda recipe. It wasn’t the look I was going for. The plaster of paris paint got hard after a while which confirmed my decision to stick with the calcium carbonate recipe. After all, chalk is calcium carbonate. This made me look further into what makes chalk paint so unique.