Greetings! So most of you know that during this 30 day series I have been trying to work my way through a ridiculously long “to do” list in my home and life in order for this blog to fill it’s home design/DIY purpose. I have checked some items off the list so far but of course it always moves slower than I anticipated or would like.
One of the big items on my list is finishing the downstairs bathroom makeover that I started months ago. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you have probably seen some of the pictures. My dad has installed the penny tile on the floor and I am half-way finished painting the stripes on the wall and the last project was to paint the vanity.
I decided that the vanity would be a good place to tackle my first attempt with chalk paint. I have heard great things about chalk paint and that it will stick to any surface without sanding or priming (the jury is still out but we will touch on that a little later). The paint that I have read the most about is the Annie Sloan chalk paints so I had to go check them out.
The Annie Sloan paints colors are gorgeous, even the packaging, but they are completely out of my budget! And then you have to finish the piece you are painting with a wax finishing paste so that even adds to the cost. Definitely not Simple Stylings friendly. If you do want to try the paints you can find them in the Artisan by Design booth at the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall in Charlotte, NC.
So guess what I did…I talked to some friends and researched chalk paint and found a recipe to make my own. I jumped all over this of course! I read Julia’s blog post from Cuckoo 4 Design about several recipes she tried and she like the calcium carbonate the best so I went with that.
The recipe is:
Two tablespoons of calcium carbonate (I found mine at Healthnutz in Huntersville and it was about $7 for the jar)
One tablespoon of water
One cup of latex paint.
I used a sample pot of paint from Sherwin Williams that cost $5 with their current discount. The color is Indigo Batik and I LOVE it!! It is the perfect navy blue and I think it looks really great with the wall strips. You’ll see the finished results in a minute with a little nautical surprise.
Once the paint was mixed well I was ready to go. I removed the doors from the vanity and wiped them now with a liquid deglosser. No one told me to do this but the liquid deglosser seemed to work so well on removing dirt and gunk (yep, that’s a word) from other pieces I have painted I decided to use it.
I started with the doors and then moved to the vanity. The paint had a good consistency and went on smooth, however, it took me 3 coats to get the white covered.
I found that this chalk paint version was actually very slow drying so I made the mistake of painting the second coat too early and it actually wiped off the first coat in a couple places and I started to see white. I finished painting the second coat and let it dry a lot longer than the first coat, probably several hours. I had to very lightly sand a couple spots that had gotten clumpy and then I put the third coat on.
For the base of the vanity I taped off where I didn’t want paint to get on the wall, baseboard and sink. I had to use a small sponge brush as well as a tiny paint brush to get into some of the spaces because this vanity is so small.
Once the third coat was on I left it overnight to dry and finished it with Minwax finishing paste. I used an old t-shirt and followed the instructions on the back of the can by rubbing an even layer of wax onto the paint and let it dry for about 15 minutes then buffed it with a clean t-shirt.
I was generous with the amount of wax I used because I wanted it to be sealed well. This is little man’s bathroom and our only bathroom downstairs so it is a high traffic area.
Once the wax dried I put the doors back on the cabinet and added two cute anchor knobs that I found at Hobby Lobby. They were originally a rustic green color but I painted them gold of course with a little Rub n’ Buff. So what do you think?
Okay, my conclusion is this. I think the finished product is gorgeous! I love the color and I love the way the paint turned but I’m not sure how the paint is going to hold up. It chipped a couple times before I got the doors up and I could see white underneath. I had to touch it up a couple spots but that was before the wax had a chance to completely dry. I am interested to see in a couple weeks if the paint is holding up so I will definitely write a follow up post.
Have you guys ever attempted chalk painting? How were your results and what paint or recipe did you use?
See you tomorrow guys! I am preparing for my day of rest so you may see some easy and fun holiday crafts.