- Furniture of your choice
- Screwdriver (if hardware needs removing)
- Latex paint in your color (I chose two colors, one for highlighting detail)
- Plastic mixing cups & paint sticks
- A Tablespoon
- Gloves & Mask - safety!
- Plaster of Paris
- Medium to Fine sandpaper or sanding sponge.
- Clean Rags (I use old T-shirts)
- Finishing Paste Wax
Naturally, you want to take apart what you can and remove any hardware that stands in your way. Unless of course you are going for that painted-over hardware look and will distress later, then by all means go ahead. Mine wasn't too bad.
Go ahead and gently sand some areas (masks on!) if they look not-so-hot, but you don't have to do too much because chalk paint really sticks to anything. Even high gloss, it's crazy.
- 2 cups of paint
- 5 tablespoons Plaster of Paris
- 2 tablespoons water
Start by putting the plaster of paris in the bowl, and adding the 2 tablespoons of water. Stir it until it's like pancake batter, and add the tiniest amount of water if it's giving you a hard time (ha, a pun!). I had to add a little to mine too, so don't worry if you do. You're on the right track, and this stuff is pretty forgiving. Once that's all smooth, scrape it all into your paint and stir until it's nice and creamy. Just make sure the clumps are gone.
So your chalk paint should be ready by now, since you've stirred and it's all lookin' good. The next steps are pretty obvious, just start painting. It dries fairly quickly, as you'll see, and I think that's an added bonus. I recoated after an hour and a half. The first coat was so good I almost didn't do a second one, I couldn't believe it - this stuff is really thick!
There are a few options for distressing, you can choose one or all. Here's a quick rundown on each:
- Sandpaper - fine or medium grit, you can easily take off edges to show the wood below.
- Sanding Sponge - great for curves and details, almost effortlessly removing layers of paint.
- Clean Wet Rag - this is a new one for me! You can rub a wet rag over areas for a smoother distressed look, removing evidence of sandpaper.
- Clorox or Baby Wipes - Similar to the wet rag.
Attach your hardware, and stand back to enjoy what you've created!
Thanks for tuning in for yet another session of School of Restoration. If you decide to try this on something of yours, send in your pictures - I'd love to see & share them. If you missed the last few tutorials, you can find them all here. How perfect was it to do a desk, right before school starts... I could totally see myself studying here! Good luck everyone.