November 16, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
Well, I did it. I crossed over to the dark side of chalk paint.
DIY chalk paint at that!
Well, I tried to avoid the trend, but then I heard that chalk paint requires:
And so, I shall now become the Darth Vader of furniture revamps.
Well, maybe. We’ll see how this goes.
Remember my Pick The Perfect Paint poll, wherein I asked you, my readers (yeah, all five of you!), to choose the perfect paint color for my french provincial set?
Yeah, and remember how there was a tie between gray and aqua/turquoise?
And how I let you down gently by telling you I had a second magical set of furniture to be painted?
Okay, well if you don’t, you are now up to speed.
The ‘other’ set is a desk with hutch, also in a french provincial style, circa 1950.
I purchased the desk and hutch from Craigslist for $40, pretty fair, considering it is solid wood, dove-tailed drawers, and a classic look. The problem? Well, it has been painted the most undesirable brown.
Here it is when I purchased it.
I’d say I have my work cut out for me, wouldn’t you?
Well, the desk and hutch did not come with a matching chair.
Luckily for me, I found this cutie on the side of the road one day after dance class:
I decided to take the plunge with the diy chalk paint on the chair first.
That way, if it didn’t work out, I’d only painted a chair. Not a big deal.
I used Pinterest as my guide for diy chalk paint (not chalkboard paint, that is different).
Many tutorials were only a slight variation to the recipe below:
- 2 cups latex paint (it really doesn’t matter which sheen or brand)
- 4 TBSP of plaster of paris
- 2 TBSP of water
Mix the plaster of paris and water together in a container until blended like cake mix/batter and then stir in the 2 cups of paint. Easy!
I used a cleaned applesauce jar to house my concoction. I drew a measurement guide on the glass jar to help me measure out the paint.
Here’s the first coat, it took me three light coats to be satisfied with the coverage.
I used a small, foam brush and a 1/2 inch craft brush to get an even coverage:
I also chose this fabric off the shelf, without even matching a single paint chip,
to recover the seat:
So, what do you think? Am I headed in the right direction?
I’m about to apply the wax to seal everything this weekend.