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MOTHER OF ALL GIVE AWAYS
MOTHER OF ALL GIVE AWAYS
Well me and the bestie, you know Sommer from Designer Garden, got a wild hair up are you know whats to make our own Chalk Paint. Yes you read that correctly, make your own chalk paint.
We, and I mean Sommer, found a link to another blog that made their own chalk paint. How hard could it be? Don't answer that. My blender is still pink, shhh don't tell the Hubby.
Okay, so the day started easy enough. We loaded up the kids, hers any way, and went to one of those stores that sells paint. Let me tell you, Martha has some fabulous color choices. I got five samples. However, I had them mixed in the Behr with primer pots, I thought the primer built in would help.
I'm gonna have to change gears for a second, and I know this may confuse you but I have to share. I went to Sherwin Williams a few days later and the very nice salesman informed me that it isn't really primer built in, it's just THICKER paint. R.E.A.L.L.Y. Well apparently it isn't possible to add primer to paint.
Back to making your own chalk paint, or not. Here's the deal, think of the money you could save and the color choices you could have if you make your own. Thinking about it? Thought so.
List of ingredients.
1. Sample pot of paint, 7 oz (roughly), $3
2. Calcium Carbonate, this is sold at most health food stores, 12 oz container for about $6. This part is really important, buy it in POWDER form. You only need about 3 oz per paint sample, so this should make four samples.
3. About 3 tbsp of water.
Mine is on the left and Sommer's is on the right...really...:)
Scale, to measure the calcium carbonate. Quart size container with my Watermelon sample waiting for the calcium carbonate.
I measured 3 oz of calcium carbonate.
Then I stirred, and it didn't break down all that much. I put this sample to the side and decided to try a different method.
Okay, so the different method included putting the calcium carbonate and the water in a blender, it worked a little better than mixing by hand.
Here's where the really BRIGHT idea came in, put the first attempt into the blender and see if it smooths out all the lumps. Well, it didn't help all that much, but I did learn that my blender blade comes out! Who knew? Sommer knew.
Okay, last bright idea, actually worked pretty good. Mix the calcium carbonate, are you tired of the post yet, with 3 tbsp of water until it's like sour cream. I used a fork.
Then I added it to another sample, called Bayou, and it mixed beautifully.
A few random samples painted on these drawers, just to try them out. Sommer brought this piece home with her, and she swears the paint was nice and hard and hasn't come off, yet. She even said there are minimal brush strokes, wish I could say that about the Watermelon.
You can see the brush strokes, and this is two coats of paint, and the little white spots are the calcium carbonate that didn't break down. This piece had to be stripped, which actually leads to my next post about my love hate with Citrus Strip. The paint didn't harden all that much either, it pealed off with my fingernail, and it was painted on the same style of furniture as Sommer's piece.
So the long and longer of it is this, I don't think I made chalk paint, but it was a lot of fun trying! Plus I learned that maybe I like regular latex paint too? This I know for sure, I will still buy ASCP, cause it is awesome, and until I can find something less expensive, it makes me really HAPPY!
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