Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Oh Chalk! What the Varnish?

Did I mention I have a bunch of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? Of course I did.

So, I have all this wonderful ASCP and wax. It’s just sitting there. Waiting. And I haven’t used it. Yet! Why? Because I don’t want to waste it! It’s EXPENSIVE! I ordered 2 of Annie’s books, which will be here Thursday. Once I’ve had a chance to flip through them, I’ll be all over that ASCP! Like paint on wood! <----- That was bad.

In the meantime, I still have furniture to paint. And I wanted to experiment. So here’s what I did. I grabbed some Behr Ultra Premium Plus, in a blue, dumped it into a jar (about a cup or so) then I added some Non-Sanded Grout. How much? Ummm…a bit? Probably a couple table spoons full. I didn’t measure. Added some water and mixed it all up. The paint went on surprisingly well. Thick and smooth. I only applied a single coat. If I was going for a more refined look, I would have applied a second, light coat.

Almost forgot the before!

Once it was dry, the paint was pretty rough feeling. Remember, this is basically chalkboard paint. So I lightly sanded the whole piece with 220. Nice and smooth. Then I lightly distressed the entire thing. But that wasn’t the look I was going for? I wanted more age. Off to orange.

I found some Behr Faux Glaze and thought, sure - why not? I didn’t want the entire quart mixed one color though. So, I grabbed a small tester bottle of a dark green. I mixed about 1.5 cups of the glaze with most of the sample bottle color. I just dumped them into a glass jar. I applied it pretty heavily to the whole piece. But only one section at a time. I wiped off any extra with a wet rag. Voila! That’s the look I wanted!
I did run into a problem. I’m not sure what caused it? With my crazy recipes, it could be anything. Here’s the problem. While wiping the excess glaze off, several areas of paint peeled away where I had distressed. Really. It just wiped right off? And if I rubbed hard enough in any spot, it would wipe off. My answer (not the correct one) was to just add more glaze to darken the area. But in reality, it could cause a ton of problems on a piece. But my point is - crazy experiment = success! On the cheap!


And yet again, all iPhone pictures. I just can’t seem to remember to bring my camera. Or maybe, I’m just not expecting anything photo worthy? I’m just happy to have pictures to share.

Would you be willing to try one of these crazy recipes to save a few bucks vs. ASCP?




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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... [Reply]

The problem is you have to prime before using a latex based paint normally. Chalk paint does not have to be primed first and does not peel away. I think you will love it once you use it.

Tracy Suzanne said... [Reply]

I think this piece turned out wonderful. I love the color and distressing.

Terry said... [Reply]

I have done that before with a good outcome like you did, but I also have purchased Annie's paint too. Even though it costs a lot, it goes a very long way.

Nelda said... [Reply]

I had the same problem with the Behr Ultra Premium Plus paint rubbing off in a distressed area. It was freaky. Another problem encountered is that the flat finish enamel did not take glazing very well. I was disappointed 'cause I thought it would be a good substitute for ASCP.

Nelda said... [Reply]

Oops! I forgot to mention that the Behr paint went on over Sherwin Williams bonding primer which is excellent. I am convinced it is just a problem with the Behr paint.

Deborah March said... [Reply]

BEAUTIFULLY redone!! I find the best knock-off chalk paint is to mix latex with calcium carbonate, then whirl it in a cheap blender(kept JUST for this purpose....ha ha) to get rid of little lumps 'n' bumps. Love ASCP, DON'T love the price...and LOVE your refinishing here!

Deborah (visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com...hope you'll drop by and say hi!)

Cathy @My 1929 Charmer said... [Reply]

Beautiful, and yes I would be willing to try, Annie Sloan paint is sooooooooooo expensive. Just a great piece, and love your color choice! I'd sure love it if you would post this at Sunday' Best Party, open now! Got to share this!

Gayle Page-Robak said... [Reply]

Thank you so much for sharing your chalk painting technique, Jake. I would love to try it on some smaller items and you explained it so well that I have printed it out. I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Gayle

outjunking said... [Reply]

What a great story and fabulous out come. Your newest follower.

Daena said... [Reply]

I had the polyurathane literally LEAP off a chair I did with milk paint, taking the paint with it. This happened over the entire chair. I only use wax now.

I have always had issues with latex. When do you sand it? I get gummy paint wads.

Carisa said... [Reply]

I have the most problems with paint coming off during glazing if I haven't let it cure long enough. Needs to really get a chance to harden...at least a day.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said... [Reply]

The cabinet looks fabulous! I agree with Carisa about letting the paint harden. I normally leave it overnight before glazing and no problems with the paint coming off. Thank you for linking to the Open House Party.

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said... [Reply]

turned out beautiful and i love the fact you made your own receipe!

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