Thursday, August 2, 2012
Chalking it up
I decided to give it a try to show others how easy it was and you could even do it to for just pennies instead of buying a quart around $13(priced at my local hardware store). The great thing about making the paint yourself, COLORS!
I had a $1 coffee table I picked up and decided to save for a rainy day. When I started seeing all the chalk craze I just knew I wanted to give it a try. There are several chalk recipes to choose from but I came across one I liked the best HERE.
I picked up my dry non-sanded grout for $2.59 and I already had paint at home. So I got to work, my table had a ploy finish and it was a must to rough it up so the paint had something to stick to. Truthfully I did this one time thought it was enough applied it then I went to prep the paint, it rubbed off! So then I had to scrap it off and start over which took all of 5 minutes with a scrapper. I then used a little more elbow grease and got the desire roughness. For the bottom of the table I used a .50 sample container in a slight gray, let it dry then sanded edges for a rustic look. I used a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of water along with acrylic paint for a rub to antique the table further. Cover with a sealer, my preferred choice is a water soluble poly.
Follow the instructions to a T for the chalk paint and you should have great results.
My kids love this table and I anticipate it being a great winter boredom buster. We used an oatmeal container covered in decorative paper of course along with some buttons, then viola storage for our chalk!
I can't wait to find something else to chalk, I thought the recipe was easy and I now have enough supplies to love on other objects in the future. Happy chalking, I'd love to hear about anyone's chalking experience and how it worked for you.