Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Favorite Tools & Supplies Series / Chalk Paint

One of my favorite things to paint with is "Chalk Paint".
I have read lots of things about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on the Internet..and lots of other articles about chalk & milk paint in general.
I personally could not see spending $35 a quart for paint.

I decided to try my hand at a formula. After many attempts and lots of variables...finally it turned out great..and I have used it on many projects, I have never used the AS Paint, so have nothing to compare to...but the reviews that I have read lead me to think I have gotten VERY close....SMILE.

 Here is my take on it:
Latex Paint, Keracolor-U-unsanded grout, Gesso, Whiting powder and water. 

Start with your paint of any color...add the grout and the the gesso....mix will be very thick..(and the longer it sits....THE THICKER IT GETS) **you can thin with water** The whiting powder is to make it whitest of white of you are using a white paint base, and it seems to thicken back if you get too thin without added more grout. Sorry I don't have exact amounts...I just mix like I cook...until I like it...BIG SMILES.....
I use a glass bowl and a hand mixer to want to get as smooth a texture as you can...or you will have to sand the roughness out after applying...
I try to get it to the consistency of a good cake batter...
Not too THIN...Not too THICK....SMILE

I make sure to sand the item smooth before I apply the first coat, and let it dry completely before I sand and apply the next coat...How many coats depends on what coverage you want...I prefer at least 2 coats, if not will come back off rather easy if you are distressing..
So far this formula sticks to any surface...and covers any underlying issues I have encountered. 

One thing you must remember--finish it with wax to make it POP!!

You can use clear or dark wax...depends on what kind of effect you are trying to achieve with your project. Make sure to use the clear wax before the dark...or your paint will soak up the dark wax too much.

 I have not tried poly-acrylic or and other finishing agent...
that is a future project.

My next formula...get it to spray through a spray gun....the grout is an issue....but my dad is a old school painter..and if anyone can do it, he can....LOL...

Hope you all enjoyed and found this educational...any comments, please feel free to give me a shout out...



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