I found this china cabinet at a local thrift store. I was so excited because I'm running out of furniture! It's getting harder to find good pieces and prices are going through the roof, but that's a post for another day. It was a Friday and they were planning to rearrange the entire store over the weekend. Some of the heaviest pieces were marked way down in hopes of selling them before they had to move them. I was lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time!
I've been wanting to paint a piece in a color similar to Duck Egg Blue. I was actually tempted to buy chalk paint again, but fortunately I was shopping with Megan and she reminded me that I can make my own Duck Egg Blue. Of course she was right! So I took my chalk paint sample chart to Home Depot and picked the closest shade in the Behr paint and primer in one. I have had really good luck with this paint and it is very reasonably priced. The color is Lotus Leaf.
It's been a few months now since I first starting making my own chalk paint. Recipes are all over the blogs and there are all sorts of variations. I've been experimenting and I think I've settled on a recipe that consistently works well for me. I use three parts paint to one part Plaster of Paris and just a bit of water.
You do not have to measure precisely and here's an easy way to do it. Mark four equal lines on a clear plastic container. Add Plaster of Paris to reach the very first line. Then mix in about a tablespoon of water at a time until the Plaster of Paris is nice and smooth. It helps if the water is warm. Keep stirring - you don't want any lumps. The water dissolves the Plaster of Paris and you should still be near or just above the first line. Once the Plaster of Paris is completely dissolved, fill to the top line with paint and again stir well. Super easy!
*I've found that if you don't mix the water into the Plaster of Paris first, the paint sometimes ends up gritty and no matter how much water you add at that point, you just can't get rid of the grit. And different brands of paint are thicker than others, so just adjust as needed. And just like regular chalk paint, the homemade version will thicken as it sits, so just add more water as needed. Have fun and experiment!
And since it's still too cold to paint outside or even in the garage, I'm living dangerously and painting in my sunroom. It's nice and warm and the light is fabulous!
Yup, I'm a wild child I tell you!
And here she is all done and not a spill in sight. Well, maybe there were a few little splatters, shhh!
And I will tell you that regardless of whether I'm using real chalk paint or homemade chalk paint, I still like to go over the entire piece with a sanding sponge. I don't feel the need to break out the electric sander, but I just think it's the safer way to go. And I like to finish up with a nice coat of wax for a silky smooth finish.
I love the way chalk paint adheres to hardware - a huge plus in my book!
I painted the inside white with an oops paint. There are shelves too of course, but I didn't want to put them in for photos and have to take them back out again for moving. This baby is sooo heavy and I didn't want to risk scratching the inside.
I am so thrilled with the way this china cabinet turned out! She would look so fresh and pretty in a dining room, kitchen or even a bathroom. And can't you just picture her in a little girl's room filled with books and stuffed animals ~ so sweet!
Okay, that's three posts in one day! I don't know what got into me today!
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