After some experimenting with different DIY Chalk paint recipes, I found my favorite combination of ingredients and ratio. 1 Cup of paint 2 tbsp water 4 tbsp Calcium Carbonate. I like this combination because it gives you a little thicker paint, which is more opaque and has better coverage.
Thanks. Tat (;
Way overdue post on Chalk Paint adventures.
In the last few months I have worked on the following:
(Rainy Season and a touch of Tree bark) Lamp shades are in Tree Bark, diluted in half with water.
Twin Bed and a headboard (Antique White, Clear Wax)
Nightstand (Antique White and Bamboo stalk) PIC soon
I work with Dutch Boy paint. They have cute little jars of it in 1 cup size. Just add your mixture, shake and you are ready to paint!
Dutch Boy Paint has almost no smell, so I can work in the house, which is an added bonus, especially in winter (:
For finishing the projects I use Fiddes and Son’s Clear Wax. It’s nice and creamy. The smell is a bit strong, but goes away quick, especially if you turn on the fan.
I also use Dutch By Glaze with a bit of brown acrilyc paint added. It dims the color and makes it look old and dignified. (;
I have not had luck with dark wax. But I am determined to conquer it too in the near future.
A few months ago I discovered Chalk Paint. Wow!
However, I was not very exited about the price of Annie Sloan Paint. Apparently I wasn’t the only one. Pinterest to the rescue, looking for DIY Chalk paint.
I tried and liked the Plaster of Paris recipe, but then read that it might me carcinogenic when inhaled. Well… it might be or not, but if there are such concerns, I will limit the use to a minimum. Another annoying thing about Plaster of Paris, that it hardens on the bottom of a paint jar if you leave it there for a day or so. I use Paint with primer, maybe that’s the reason, but as I don’t want to change the paint, I ‘d rather change the additive. So I ordered Calcium Carbonate powder from Amazon. And I liked it.
At first I mixed 2 tbsp CaCo3, 2 tbsp of water and 1 cup of paint. Seemed a bit runny. So I added another spoonful of CaCo3, and it seemed to be just right. It mixed smooth, went on well, dried fast and distressed nicely. I have noticed that it does not give quite as much dust as Plaster of Paris when distressing.
I have not tried the grout method. I would like to try Diatomatious Earth method, as we do have a lot of it (we use it as a natural dewormer for all the tails and in the garden).
Last week I ordered more Calcium Carbonate. 20 lb ! And I did buy one of Annie Sloan’s books,Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More. It’s beautiful to look at and has awesome tips.
Watch out old furniture! (;