Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Homemade Chalk Paint ~ Servers Bufftet~

I'd been wanting to try chalk paint for quite a  while..
It's "THE PAINT" in the furniture-redo-blog-world.
Old European cities inspired colours, has the chalky feel (hence the name),
easy to distress, and best of all....

 (((((  No prep work needed!!!  )))))

No sanding, no stripping??? -Yep!
Can I just go right ahead and start painting!?-Yep!!
When I heard that, I seriously wanted to try it.
But the price...didn'
It's much much more expensive than even high-quality latex paint.
I don't mind to pay a little more on quality safe foods like organic veggie and fruit but on paint? And it's not like you just have to pay a little more, it's way way more...
I know one day I'll reach deep in my pocket to buy them because I want to know what is it like but for now, I'll make my own....
Especially after I read this tutorial post at ...pickin and Candy,
I really felt like trying.

It's usually made with either of these 3.

1.Calcium carbonate
2.Plaster of paris  or
3.Unsanded grout...

You mix one of the above with water, add to paint, then mix it really well.
It's that simple!

I realized I already had unsanded grout ( my husband and I built our own house 3 years ago and bought like 4 bags of different colour grout), so this is what I used.
It was unsanded grout with Polymer.
I wasn't sure if it was OK, but if I don't try, I'll never know.

There was a few lumps in the grout so I used the strainer.
I mixed 2tbls of grout with water and strain it again.
Then added to 1 1/2 cup of paint and really really mixed it well.

This is the servers buffet that I was going to try my chalk paint on...
It had a shiny surface which I'd probably had to sand if it weren't for chalk paint.

At first coat, I thought I didn't mix the paint well enough because it looked kind of lumpy...
Then I realized this is the quality of chalk paint.
 Because it looked....chalky :D
It actually looked like chalk and it stuck to buffet so easily.
I absolutely love my chalk paint.
Polymer grout turned out pretty good.
Since I have lots of them, I'll be mixing it into my paint from now.

Gave 2 coats of chalk paint....then..

....Black glaze.
It's simply 1 tbls of black paint mixed with 3tbls water.
It has loooooong manipulation time.
Wipe as you go with a wet rug until you achieve the look you want.

Spray painted the hardwares and...


I am very pleased with my chalk paint.
It's absolutely easy to make and easy to use...
Best of all, it saved me lots of prep work!


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  1. Nice job. The glaze really gave it that extra boost. Thanks for visiting me.

    1. Thank you Rosemary for your comment and visiting me!
      I love your blog, I'm thinking to get some gesso and hoping to make something like what you create :D

  2. Hi Sayuri...
    You did a fantastic job on this!!!
    You're right about the chalk paint craze online, and the price (ouch)...
    Keep up the good work...
    Toni :)

    1. Hi Toni, thank you!
      It's so nice of you to stop by often, I really appreciate it :D
      I know the price of chalk paint is crazy! but,I'm sure it's worth the money because I've never heard anyone complaing about it, so it must be amazing paint.You use them right,Toni?
      I'd love to know what do you think about it!

  3. That looks FABULOUS~! I admire what you did with this piece and I commend you for not falling for the hype and price of "Chalk Paint" at a bazillion dollars a quart..

    Yours looks as good or better and thats something to be very proud of.
    thanks for the excellent mixing instructions and for showing us ALL what can be done "at a budget price"..

    1. Thank you, Sonny, that's so nice of you to say so!

      I know one day, I'll fall for it for the sake know what it's like! hehehe
      But for now, I'm pretty happy about my chalk paint and I'll keep mixin' til I have no more grout!

  4. I loooove this piece. The color is great. Beautful job!! :)

    1. Stephanie, thank you so much for your comment!
      I'm happy how this buffet has tunred out too :D

  5. Hi from Ontario. Your piece looks great and I love that you also made your own chalk paint. I did the same with white paint and plaster of paris and I love how it works.

    1. Hi Elizabeth, thank you for your comment :D
      So you make chalk paint too, I'll visit your site & hope to see your tranformations!
      Love the name, Blue Clear Sky, by the way!
      That's how it's been here in BC for a while now.

  6. Yeaaaaa Sayuri. I love that piece of furniture. Isn't the paint great??!!! Im sooo glad that you tried it and even more that you liked it.....especially since you were taking my advice. THANKS SO VERY MUCH FOR USING A LINK TO MY PAGE. I got quite a bit of traffic from your post. You made my Sunday and made me smile!!! Thanks again, Candy (

    1. Hi Candy!
      Thank you for your comment.
      Yes, chalk paint is great and I absolutely love it, I'm so glad I tried it, thanks to you!
      To know that I made you smile makes me smile too :D
      Have a great day, Candy!

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    1. Hi Marie,
      Wow, thank you so much!
      I'm heading over to your site right now :)

  8. Oh, goodness, this is so exciting! I, too, have been dying to try chalk paint, but the price tag is just too high! I heard you could make it yourself, but didn't know how. Thanks for the great tutorial, and your piece turned out beautiful...

    1. I know *exactly* how you feel,lol
      Eversince I made my own, I've been so satisfied with it and I don't really think buying the real thing anymore.
      It's just amazing how regular latex paint changes the way it looks and feels by just addin (in my case) unsanded grout! Try it and I'm sure you'll love it :)

  9. Love, love the color you did on this piece! Looks great. :)

    1. Thank you, Stephanie!!
      Me too, I love this colour:)

  10. Beautiful!!! Thank you for the tutorial. So your glaze was only paint and water? I wonder how it would glaze over regular paint....that is not chalk paint

  11. Hi Kristen,

    Thank you for your comment, from my experience,it really dosen't matter the kind of paint you use for glaze.
    Using water-downed paint (latex, acrylic) is my way, use any colour you need depend on your piece and it's much more flexible and it glazes well on painted surface.Try on a little piece of painted wood then you'll see:)

  12. Love your work! Turned out GORGEOUS!!!
    Quick question?? How do you paint outside corners inside a buffet or dresser?? Doesn't paint accumulate and makes it look ugly? I always have such a HARD time painting furniture and corners that I wonder how can people enjoy painting big furniture pieces?!?!?

    1. Hi, thank you for your comment,
      I'm glad you like this buffet:)

      To paint corners nicely, I think the most important thing is not to put too much paint on the brush, and if it's a tight corner, I recommned you use a small brush or even an artist brush to paint it(again not too much paint on the brush).
      Also keep checking those corners while you paint, if it's too much you can always wipe it off before it gets dry.
      I hope this will answer your question and hope you'll enjoy painting!!:)


  13. Very Lovely work! Have you tried any of the commercial glazes? Or do you always mix your own. Since I've used alot of oil based paints in the past, I've just always bought an oil stain and diluted for my glaze, but now that im doing more chalk paint - Im curious about glazing. some gals do what you do and others rave about some of the commercial brands, just curious. I'm a new follower, feel free to pop over and say hi!

    1. Oh Thank you so much for your comment!!

      About glazing,I like the way I do because it's easy to make, has long manipulation time and I've found it's more controllable than commercial ones.....
      I also like to use gel stains,my favourite one is Varathane Dark Walnut.
      Don't you love chalk paint? Do you buy them or make your own?
      I recently used MMS milk paint and it was pretty good too!


  14. So glad I found your blog thru MMS furniture friday. It's good to know other people can't afford to buy the commercial paint. They probably make their paint the same way you do only in big batches. Who knows. I am going to try the chalk paint.
    I bought a bag of un sanded grout at a thrift store so I figured it was meant to be. I'm not a big piece re-doer so want to try a small piece first.
    I love how your buffet and server turned out. I'm gonna do it one way or another. Right now it's hard for me to do any bigger pieces as I have no place to work until Spring comes, it's very cold and snowy here, (western Colorado). We don't have a garage or basement. To spray paint anything we use a spray box but I worry about over spray on walls and whatever is near it. I'm a new subscriber. Look forward to visiting your blog often.
    Happy 2013

    1. Thank you srpprcrftr for your comment:)
      I just couldn't justify the price of chalk paint,I'm a mother of 3 and always try to save....
      Then I realized a lot of people make their own and found many recipes online, I tried the one with unsanded grout and ABSOLUTELY love it!
      On the other hand, I did buy MMS Milk Paint.It's not outrageously expensive,colours are gorgeous and best of all, it's environmentally friendly. I feel better painting especially inside when you don't want to open a window like right now.
      I hope you'll have fun making and painting with homemade chalk paint!!

      Have a wonderful week!!!

  15. Really good job. I like the black glaze.

  16. hello! Check in from Rosemary speaking of acrylic plaster are coming to curiosarti is in this post I stopped! I like the way you move with the brush is with the imagination .. I know anchio various techniques to take home the chalk paint .. I'll come to see you more often! Greetings from Italy!

    1. Hi Piera,

      Thank you for your comment,I'm glad to hear that you like my project:)
      Have a great week!!