If you are a diy'er then you likely know all about chalk paint, particularly the famous Annie Sloan brand. If you don't like to do-it-yourself you may be thinking I'm referring to chalkBOARD paint but no, I am not.
Chalk paint can be applied to furniture and it is not necessary to sand or prime beforehand. It's a bit thicker than conventional paint and dries with a chalky finish that will usually require you to wax. It's a dream to work with but it's pricey and often hard to find. When you do find it you may not be happy with the particular colour selection. After seeing a few folks on Pinterest sharing their homemade versions I thought I'd try my hand at making a batch for myself.
Here's what you need and what it cost
2. Unsanded Grout - $9.99 (you might want to buy a small bag:)
3. Stir stick, container and water - free
Total cost - $9.99 versus 1 litre of Annie Sloan at $49.95
Here's how to do it1. You will need 2 tbsp grout for every cup of paint. Mix the grout and water until they are blended together and there's no lumps.
2. Add the paint and stir. Many of the recipes I saw suggested using a food blender but I didn't and it wasn't lumpy at all.
MY TIPS- Make sure the container you use has a good seal.
- If you don't use it all at one time you will need to add water when you come back to it. Don't make it too thin. It should be like a thin pancake batter.
MY CONCLUSIONI have used Annie Sloan in the past and I've always liked it but at $50 a pop I'm definitely sticking with my homemade version. It's hard to detect any change at all so I'm going to say it's worth the tiny effort to make some.
I removed the seat pads and discovered that the caning on the seats is perfect BUT with a teenage boy in the house I think it's best for these guys to stay covered up at the moment.