Ok, so I had this really weird thing happen to my lamp, it’s like it got chicken “pops” (that’s what The First Kid called them) or something, weird right? I love, love, love this little lamp so I had to give her some love with our homemade chalk paint recipe.
I was so excited to be using homemade chalk paint, I really like the idea of having more control of the texture when it’s all finished. Chalk paint is an easy way to get a “Country/Primitive” finish without a lot of steps like other methods.
Chalk paint is especially useful when you have a piece of furniture you are too lazy to prep properly.
(Don’t get all offended, I can say lazy because I am the Queen of Lazy home decor projects!)
I wanted a really thick paint to cover the spots that had appeared on the sad little lamp shade so my recipe goes like this:
*1/4 Cup Plaster of Paris powder
*Enough water to thicken to a smooth paste (See photo below)
*1/4 Cup Paint
~Mix the powder and water together to make a paste, be sure to scrape the bottom of the container to get it all mixed in.
~Throw the paint in there, mix it up
Use old kinda gnarly brushes because the plaster is pretty rough on them.
Chalk paint is kinda touchy, sometimes it changes the original paint color so just beware. In order to get the base to darken up enough with the chalk paint I had to put on a second coat; cue Jeopardy music. I HATE WAITING!
I recommend a block of wood wrapped in sandpaper any time you are looking to take the edges off of a project. A foam sanding block will rub against the rest of the paint and leave weird scratch marks or worse it will turn Burgundy paint Pink when lightly scratched.
I know it seems super old fashioned but I love Johnson’s Paste Wax, I use it everywhere from craft projects, to the floor, to my favorite cowboy boots that I have had longer than the First Kid!
I love old socks for these projects; just slide your whole hand in so you don’t have to worry about holding onto a rag while you wax your finished piece.
You need a very little wax at a time, I only dip one finger into the wax container.
Start in one spot and just start working your way out covering the wood completely in a light coat of wax. After all of your chalk paint is covered in wax grab a clean rag, like an old bath towel, and wipe the piece down removing all the excess wax.
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