Hi everyone! I think I might just be the last DIY person on earth to use chalkpaint. I’ve swooned over project after project from fellow bloggers that have created some amazing transformations with chalkpaint. A couple of things have held me back and one of those is the price. So, I decided it was time to try my hand at some homemade chalkpaint, and I have to say, I’m loving how it turned out!
I found a great method for making your own chalkpaint from Diane over at In My Own Style. She offers two methods, one using non-sanded grout and another using Plaster of Paris. I opted with Plaster of Paris because it was a little less expensive and gave a smoother finish.
To make this homemade chalkpaint, I used 3 parts paint to one part Plaster of Paris. I mixed the Plaster of Paris powder with the water first to get a smooth consistency and then added the mixture to my paint. I had some left over paint from when I painted the kitchen cabinets that worked perfectly for this project!
Here’s a before picture… like right before I started painting. Hardware halfway removed, paint brush ready to go! This desk came from Target and was very inexpensive. I love the desk, but it is laminate so chalkpaint made this makeover so easy with no sanding or priming.
One tip when making your own chalkpaint: Be careful to not add too much water. TRUST ME. Too much water will not allow the paint to bond well and the paint will chip right off. Not that I would know from experience or anything. 🙂
After a little trial and error and about 3 coats of paint, the transformation was just what I was hoping for.
I used a foam roller to apply the paint to the tops, sides, and drawers of the desk. I used my Purdy paintbrush to apply the chalkpaint everywhere else!
After about the 3rd coat, I lightly sanded over all surfaces to make it smooth. With any homemade chalkpaint, it can have some clumps in it if the powder is not mixed well, so be sure to look for that especially when sanding smooth.
After sanding to a smooth finish, I applied Minwax Paste Wax to give the paint more depth and to protect the finish to all the abuse I’m sure it will get from me!
And now I’m one step closer in my progress of making over the home office. Next up will be storage solutions, cord management, and window treatments!
I loved making my own chalkpaint and will definitely try this again! Not to worry..I still have the real deal chalkpaint on my bucket list of DIY’s to try. For now, I’ll stick to my budget makeover. 😉 Have you ever tried making your own chalkpaint or do you stick to the real stuff? What’s your favorite project you’ve done using chalkpaint?