Over the years I’ve used all kinds of paint – but the easiest hands down to paint furniture with is chalk finish type paint. No prep, no muss or fuss, it’s super easy stuff to use. But, unless you are lucky enough to live close to a dealer or want to wait to order it online, it’s not always the most convenient stuff to get your hands on. Plus, the colors are somewhat limited, no matter what brand you buy. And bonus, it’s not cheap. So if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at using chalk finish paint, this easy recipe is super simple and only takes two ingredients.
In a plastic container (if it has a lid it will last a week or so after mixing), mix together 1 part drywall compound to 4 parts paint. It’s easiest to use a small putty knife (there’s one that comes on the top of the compound) and mix it together well.
Then, just paint onto your surface as you would normally. I painted this old tool box I picked up at a thrift store, which was half painted and half raw wood. Both the unpainted and painted portions took the paint well.
Once you’ve painted the piece and it’s dry, you can add another coat if needed. Once it’s finished and dry, distress if you’d like and then seal with a polyacrylic sealer or some wax (chalk finish paint usually gets a wax sealer.)
I’m excited to share that this project will be featured in the February issue of Lowe’s Creative Ideas digital magazine.
If you’re looking for more creative ideas, be sure to stop by Lowe’s website.
*Thanks to Lowe’s for partnering with me on this post. All ideas, opinions, photographs & words are 100% my own.*