Hello my beautiful friends in blog land! I have a little makeover to share with you today…
AND I will also be sharing the recipe for the chalk paint I used to paint it! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
I found this little stool at an estate sale for $10:
I thought it would be the perfect project to try out DIY chalk paint since if I ruined it, it would be no big loss.
It ended up turning out pretty cute:
It was really gross before…
So anything would have been an improvement!
Here you can see how smooth the paint is…
He really did like that little bench!
This is a stool for a sewing table, but you could use it anywhere. The lid lifts off for a little bit of extra storage:
Ok so where were we? Oh yes! Chalk paint!
Here are my not-so-secret ingredients:
I searched far and wide before settling on this combination.
Calcium Carbonate seemed to be a favorite in my searches. I found a lot of 1/3 this to 2/3 that, but I wanted an exact measurement so I played with it a bit and this is the final result.
If you can’t find Calcium Carbonate at your mega vitamin store, you can easily order it on Amazon like I do. I started out using the 12 Ounce size you see pictured above for $9.99. One 12oz container will yield about three quarts of paint. Now I purchase Calcium Carbonate Powder (5lbs) for only a couple dollars more. Follow that link to see where I purchased it from on Amazon. I have used that same bag since for almost a year!
Behr by Home Depot is my go-to for paint. The price is great as is the coverage. The stool above is “Cottage White” in a flat finish. Annie Sloan’s Old White is a tiny bit yellow in comparison. This is more creamy white.
UPDATE: Behr no longer carries the paint pictured above, so now (as of 2017) I use the one in the red and white can labeled: “Interior Flat Ultra Pure White, Paint and Primer in One”.
If you’re a visual learner like me, I made a video (2/2017) to show how I make a quart of chalk paint:
If this video gives you any trouble, see it on YouTube HERE. 🙂
If you’d rather read about the simple process, here ya go…
To make a quart of DIY chalk paint:
- Dissolve 3/4 cup (or 12 TBSP) of calcium carbonate powder in just enough water to reach a smooth consistency. (Like ranch dressing.)
- Add to 3 cups (24 oz) of paint. (Or to a quart about 2/3 full of paint.)
This will make a little less than a quart, so that you have room in your can to add the calcium carbonate mixture and stir without making a mess.
- After you mix it well, top off the quart can to make a full quart and give it another quick stir.
It works just like the expensive chalk paints; no prior sanding required, no priming. The total cost to make a quart is easily less than a third of the cost of the fancy brands.
If your chalk paint mixture has been sitting for more than a couple of days, give it a quick stir with a paint stick before using.
And if you only need a very small amount…
To make one cup of DIY chalk paint:
- Add one cup of paint to a container.
- In a separate container, dissolve 4 tbsp calcium carbonate in just enough water to dissolve the powder to a smooth consistency (like ranch dressing).
- Stir it into the paint.
That’s it! So simple! It is still smooth when I remove the lid.
I finish most pieces off with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
UPDATE: I have used this chalk paint recipe on hundreds of other projects since I first wrote this post and I still love it!
Visit my DIY Project Gallery to see them all!
If you have any questions about how to chalk paint furniture, check out my chalk painting tutorial:
Hopefully you’ll be inspired to try this recipe. Now go out there and paint something!
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