Well the first thing I learned about chalk paint; oh my that is expensive for a little can. This cool thing happens when you type stuff into google, you find others who went before you in search of a better way. Truthfully I trolled the internet, got the basic idea and and just played. So – Why did I choose to make my own when the work is already done for me, it cheap, easy and the color pallet is limitless.
The basics of the recipe is 1 part water, 1 part plaster of Paris and 3 parts paint. The plaster of Paris will make this set up or cure quickly once applied. Also, once mixed it will harden over time so only make what you need for your project. Because of the soft texture of the chalk paint I would recommend using satin or flat paint, the velspar paint and primer in one is a good choice. Mix the water and POP together first then add this to the paint. I mix it until it looks like thin batter. I do add a little more water to the paint mixture before I make the final coat. I find this makes the brush strokes much less noticeable. Simple.
We painted out bedroom a lovely shade of grey and the ceiling a lighter color. Its soft and gorgeous, and I wanted the bed side tables to match. They started off one green and the other brown with contact paper on the top.
I used what was left of the ceiling color to paint the tables.
Then I added antiquing dust to bring out the details.
I topped it with a little white ceramic bird and some old glass door knobs I have been saving.
Want to see what else I am thinking for the bed room? Check the rest of my random jumbled up thoughts HERE on my bedroom pinterest board.