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 found this little stool at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago 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 and that upholstery? Ew!
So much better:
Here you can see how smooth it is…
It’s not that I don’t value your opinion, little buddy…
It’s just that it’s not really mama’s style, you know?
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.
The only issue is that the calcium carbonate can be tricky to track down. It’s used as a vitamin supplement for bone health, etc and is supposed to be mixed with water. Finding it in powder form is what seems to be the problem.
If you can’t find it at your mega vitamin store, you can easily order it on Amazon like I did. I started out using the 12 Ounce size (affiliate link) you see pictured above for $9.99. One 12oz container will yeild 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 (affiliate link). I have used that same bag since for almost a year!
Behr by Home Depot is my go-to for paint. ( Hello Home Depot…you should be paying me for this!) Really though, the price is great as is the coverage. I chose “Cottage White” in a flat finish. I love how creamy the color is! 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 I use the one in the red and white can…”Interior Flat Ultra Pure White, Paint and Primer in One”.
How I mixed my paint:
- I used a plastic graduated container I found at Home Depot and measured out one cup of paint.
- In a separate container, I dissolved 4 tbsp calcium carbonate in just enough warm water to dissolve the powder to a smooth consistency (a little thicker than ranch dressing).
- Then I stirred it into the paint.
- I poured the finished mixture into an empty quart paint can that I also purchased at Home Depot.
That’s it! So simple! It is still smooth when I remove the lid.
To make (almost) a quart:
- Dissolve 3/4 cup (about 6 oz or 12 TBSP) of calcium carbonate powder in just enough warm water to reach a smooth consistency. (See photo above.)
- Add to 3 cups (24 oz) 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. 🙂
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.
I finish most pieces off with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
UPDATE: I have used this chalk paint recipe on at least 50 other projects since I first wrote this post and I still love it!
Here are just a few:
4. Mini Chest
If you have any questions about how to chalk paint, check out my chalk painting tutorial:How to Paint Furniture Using Chalk Paint
Hopefully you’ll be inspired to try this recipe. Now go out there and paint something!
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