I'll spare you the details. Anyway, someone that doesn't cook has no real need for recipes. That is... until you want to tackle a DIY chalk paint extravaganza.
I've seen information on several blogs about making your own chalk paint. I'm too cheap to pay for the real deal, so I thought that I would give it a try. Most of the recipes recommended using unsanded grout, Plaster of Paris, or Calcium Carbonate (whatever that is!) mixed with a latex paint. I decided to use the unsanded grout because I knew that it would be easy to find at my local home improvement store. I mixed a tablespoon with latex paint and went to town. Again, no real measuring going on here.
I wanted to try it on a table that I found at an estate sale. Nothing too fancy here... Just classic and simple.
Before I started painting, I sanded the table to fix some of the imperfections. I was tempted to stain the top, but I couldn't get the wood to cooperate.
I was a little lazy with the painting step (come on people, it's my second day of summer vacation! I deserve to be a little lazy) and loaded the paint into my sprayer instead of brushing it on. This caused it to be really gritty.
I used a piece of sandpaper to sand the entire piece which helped get rid of the bumps and added some beautiful distressing. I wish that I had taken a better "after" picture, but you'll have to use your imaginations. Does anyone have any suggestions for my next DIY chalk paint experience? I love the feel of the final product, but I'm not sure that it was worth it...