Homemade Chalk Paint Part 2

Back to the chalk paint project.

The paint and drywall compound mixed together easily.  I used a brush to apply it and the first coat covered about the same as a regular first coat of just paint would.

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The second coat, which I did about an hour afterwards, covered it pretty well.  If I would do it again, I would use a roller to smooth out the brush strokes.  From my chalk paint research, I read that this is a good idea for a premade chalk paint as well.

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The next step was to distress the table.  I had heard that you just need a wet rag to distress premade chalk paint.  So I tried that first.  It actually did rub off fairly easily.  Maybe a little too easily in some places.

I did use a sanding sponge and went over the whole piece lightly.  It didn’t raise a whole lot of dust and I found it easier to fine tune the worn look I wanted.

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I have also heard from a chalk paint rep that it is best to seal the paint when you are done painting.  One of our customers at our store told us that she has been refinishing items that people had previously used chalk paint on because they had found that it rubbed off.  I’m not sure but perhaps sealing it would eliminate that.  I used good old beeswax and applied a thin coat and buffed it a couple of hours later.  It really helps to smooth out the feel of the piece.

So here it is all done.  Would I do it again?  Hmmm.  I’m not sure about that.  I don’t think the look is any better than doing a matte latex paint to tell you the truth.  I have had some experience in the past with milk paint and I think I like better.  I understand that you can add a bonding agent to milk paint which would help to reduce surface prep prior to painting.

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Have you tried chalk paint?  What are your thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Chalk Paint Part 2

  1. Pat Holmes

    hmmm, I always thought chalk paint had a bit more translucent quality to it, guess I was thinking of milk paint. It is still a cute piece though 🙂

    1. the general store Post author

      I don’t have much experience with chalk paint but I haven’t seen anything translucent. Milk paint can be adjusted depending on how much water you add to the powder.

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