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If you aren't into making your own chalk paint I recommend grabbing this inexpensive version: [easyazon_link identifier="B017ABY6LA" locale="US"]AMERICANA Chalk Paint[/easyazon_link]
WARNING: When using Plaster of Paris it is a good idea to wear a mask or BE CAREFUL about the amount of dust that can stir up when opening and pouring the bag.
Chalk paint isn't the new kid on the block by any means. Not at all. But, I'm uber surprised at how many are still completely unaware at the miracle this stuff is. If you are one of those...pay attention. This is for you.
I hate painting. Especially furniture. And, until I discovered chalk paint I avoided it at all costs. I would look at a piece of furniture that was just right for what I needed but pass it up because it wasn't the right color. No way, no how was I painting it. But then, I discovered chalk paint and the world is my playground.
What chalk paint can do:
- One coat coverage (of course, there are a few exceptions. But, for the most part...one coat should do it)
- No prep (no sanding needed. Paint right over your surface. I've even painted over laminate!)
- Easy "aging" (a little damp cloth action and your furniture looks like those expensively "antiqued" pieces)
- It holds up. (granted, I often put a coat of wax on top of heavy-use pieces. But, this paint takes a beating!)
- The coverage is insane. (I keep little sample pots of paint for chalk paint. And often use only 1 for a chair, or end table. The coverage really is that good!)
- Easy. (it really is easy to make. really!)
- Dries fast (in about an hour, depending. fully dry. for real.)
Tips for chalk paint:
- It's recommended to use flat paint for chalk paint (although, I can say I have used satin and gloss with success)
- Use a good brush, not a foam brush.
- If you aren't getting one coat coverage, try adding more Plaster of Paris until you do.
- Don't judge the finish until it's dry. (it often looks a bit streaky until it dries. so, give it a chance before you add another coat)
- If your paint is getting too thick, add a bit of water to thin it out a bit.
- Layering on top of your paint (after its dry) a stained wax looks crazy awesome and gives your surface protection!
- A thick coat is good in this case! (don't smear it on an inch thick but you can surely go on the thick side!)
While you shouldn't have any problem getting your chalk, you can also buy chalk paint chalk additive online.