Thursday, October 27, 2011

Homemade Chalk Paint



Wow, this new craze of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has hit the blogger community like the virus from I Am Legend.  It seems everyone has been painting furniture and their first born, for a go with this paint.  I expect that $40.00  for a quart of paint would have been a deterrent to most, but not so......guess just a handful of us are the cheapies.  Well maybe more than a handful, maybe two hands full.  I found a recipe from HERE!  I was going to make this but  I was too lazy to have a shower  I didn't have a trip to town planned  to pick up the ingredients.  But I figured I would make like a whitewash recipe of my own.  Rule # 1.....If it's too expensive, make it!!  My mom used to use milk and slaked lime  to paint the walls in the chicken coop.  I used to use water and slaked lime to do mine as I didn't have goats like we had when we were kids.. Anyways it sure made the chicken coop all shiny and white.  So this is what I came up with for my version of chalk paint:.

My Version of  Homemade Chalk Paint
 1 part slaked lime
3 parts acrylic latex paint
1 part water


This batch was really lumpy but it was an experiment.   
I painted a piece of wood that was salvaged from a renovation of our 100 year old home. After removing the million and one nails.......I vacuumed it off to clean it.




I let it dry overnight after applying two coats.




I took it out to the garage the next day, and sanded to distress it.  Also, I had to clean up all the potential slivers because I was too excited to try out my chalk paint.  I should have sanded the board first.
 I had purchased a inspirational vinyl quotes  awhile back and transferred it on to the wood.




Next step was to buy some  Annie Sloan wax.....no this can't happen.... cuz: see Rule #1, and if you remember, I was too lazy to have a shower.   I  found carnauba and beeswax from our stash of waxes but I also had some antique medium that I purchased years ago from a liquidation place.
I grabbed an old t-shirt rag and started to rub the carnauba wax with a bit of antique medium into the area that I had sanded.  Then I just started to rub the wax all over.  I think next time I will use some burnt umber oil paint mixed with the carnauba for a nicer antique effect.  Not too fond of the color of the antique medium so I didn't use too much of it. 


I love, that the lines from the saw which originally cut this board over 100 years ago, are still there.  I didn't want to lose that.


 I will put that on my shopping list for when I do my porch dresser.  I must say that this paint recipe worked fairly well for me.   I am pretty hopeful that it will work for my porch dresser.
Anyways, here is the finished board.  I am quite happy with it. 

 I still have 2 more boards to do.  I will maybe try another color of paint next time.


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8 comments:

  1. Looks good! I, too, and too cheap,er frugal, to spend $40 on a qt. of paint. I made some chalk paint using plaster of paris and satin finish paint. I'm very pleased with the outcome also, so I will not be purchasing ASCP!

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  2. Well I'm definitely in that handful of people that won't pay $40 for a quart of paint. I love the end result and am sold. Totally want to make my own now. Only one problem. I have no idea what slaked lime is or where to get it! Help a girl out...or I guess I could just Google it. Anyway, thanks for sharing 'cause I've totally been dying to try some of that million dollar paint!
    :-) Sandra

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  3. Hi Sawdust and Paperscraps. Love your blog. Slaked lime is Hydrated Lime. You can buy it at hardware stores. I purchased mine at a
    livestock / hardware store.

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  4. this is such a good idea, Karen! I Love the inspirational qoutes.

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  5. Looks really cool! I've been wanting to try to make my own chalk paint too!

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  6. Yes, some others who think its crazy insane to spend $40 on a little thing of paint. Our mothers would of been friends ;)

    Glad to follow you.

    Lizz

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Cheers to great words!