Thursday, October 27, 2011

Making 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 
well, 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 or make do!!  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:.

Oongas 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.  The lumpies didn't seem to matter though.   
I painted a piece of wood that was salvaged from a renovation we had done in our 100 year plus, old home.

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, cuz I was far to excited to sand it previous to starting the job.
I had purchased a inspirational vinyl  saying a while back and transferred it on to the wood.

Next step was to run out and buy some  Annie Sloan wax;  no this won't happen, cuz: see Rule #1.   Plus, 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 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 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 will put that on my shopping list for when I do my porch dresser.  I must say that this paint recipe worked out pretty well for me.
I am  hopeful that it will work for my porch dresser.
Anyways, here is the finished board.   I am pretty 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. That came out so pretty! Thanks for the great tutorial. One question, what is slacked lime? I am a new follower from Creation Corner. Vicky from

  2. Hi Vicky. Thanks for your kind words! Slaked lime is also known as hydrated lime. I bought it years ago at our local livestock feed and lumber supply store. I think you could buy it at any hardware store too.