Monday, July 23, 2012

Homemade Chalk Paint

I found these great recipe on how to make your own chalk paint and save lots of money.  It does a beautiful job for pennies.

Elizabeth & Co took her Annie Sloan color chart and they match the color exactly. I had them match my Loui Blue and they made it into a paint so exactly that I was surprised, just $3.99 against
$38.00 plus shipping a quart.

She uses an easy recipe:
Plaster of Paris and paint.
You do not have to measure precisely and here's an easy way to do it. Mark four equal lines on a clear plastic container. Add Plaster of Paris to reach the very first line. Then mix in about a tablespoon of water at a time until the Plaster of Paris is nice and smooth. You don't want any lumps. Then fill to the top line with paint and stir well. Super easy! I've found that if you don't mix the water into the Plaster of Paris first, the paint sometimes ends up gritty and no matter how much water you add at that point, you just can't get rid of the grit. And different brands of paint are thicker than others, so just adjust as needed. And just like regular chalk paint, the homemade version will thicken as it sits, so just add more water as needed.

Look at the dresser, just beautiful and much much cheap, you don't have to prime just make the paint
and go for it.  Just gorgeous.  This color is Behr "Lotus Blue"  like the "Oak Duck Blue" difference in price.  She has been making her own paint and colors for months now.
Let's all try it and compare.

Liz Marie found these dresser on the trash and look what she did, a gorgeous job for pennies.
Chalk paint from Annie Sloan is very expensive this is the same thing and you can make your own colors with the acrylic paint.

Okay girls here are two of the easiest recipes I found.  Enjoy,