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 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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  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!

  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

  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.

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

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

  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.



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