So, I took to the internet to find a chalk paint recipe. I stumbled across numerous sites and settled on a recipe from Make Your Own Zone . It calls for a mix of 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout combined with 1 cup FLAT paint. I however chose an old can of Behr SATIN paint that I had from a previous home project. Did it make a difference? I have no clue! It seems to me that it shouldn't if you wax or use a polyurethane to complete the project.
As per chalk paint instructions, I didn't sand or prepare the table in any way, I just painted. The paint was very thick and I think with this recipe, it might be a good idea to add just a bit of glaze. Here is the coverage after only one coat of homemade chalk paint. Depending on your piece of furniture and the look you want to achieve, this might be the only coat you need.
I really wanted full coverage and opted for a second coat of chalk paint as shown below.
Once the second coat was completely dry, I sanded edges where I felt normal wear would occur. I did not want a heavily distressed look so my sanding was minimal. I then covered it with a thin coat of Howard Citrus Shield Premium Paste Wax in Golden Oak. I let the wax sit for a couple of hours although it only calls for 3-5 minutes and then I buffed it. As per ASCP instructions, I added another coat of wax, waited and buffed.
I am really pleased with the overall outcome. I saved a great deal of time by skipping the initial sanding and preparation stages. I have never used ASCP so I really don't have anything to compare my homemade chalk paint too but the bottom line is, I'm thrilled with the chalk paint recipe and I am thrilled with my 'new' end table!
Let me know what you think....
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