A couple of weeks ago I jumped on board with all the other bloggers and pins to make my own chalk paint. Bunny’s dresser has been through four years, two moves, and has seen better days. However, as much as I like DIY projects, Brian and I both do not like painting, and that’s putting it mildly.
Chalk paint appealed to me because from what I’ve read is that you don’t have to sand, prime, and finish it after painting and that just sounds lovely to me. It’s not very convenient to go into a paint store with two little ones during the day, and I saw some posts on Pinterest about making your own chalk paint. There’s a really great one here.
I ordered the calcium carbonate on Amazon and then I set aside time on a Saturday during the kids’s nap time to get started.
The only thing I did was really wipe down the surface of the dresser:
I mixed the calcium carbonate with Sherwin Williams Marshmallow, which was the leftover paint from our closet and the bathroom to the guest room.
While I was in the middle of rolling, I also painted this quilt ladder Brian and I had built the weekend before:
Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out. The dresser drawers are not closing quite the same way, but that could be user error in how we slid it back in place. I’ll have to check it out again. But that could be a different problem…
I haven’t really played with or touched “real” chalk paint, so I can’t say if the quality is the same. I know that it has a nice finish and it feels nice when i run my hand over the surface. It’s good enough for us!
Have you experimented making your own chalk paint? I have a china cabinet that I’d love to change up except I have a mental block with dealing with the glass on it, so we’ll see if I ever get to it!