Let’s get straight to addressing the post title.
DIY Chalky Paint Finish Recipe
- 5T Plaster of Paris
- 2T H2O (I added more)
- 2 cups paint
1. Mix plaster and water until lumps disappear.
2. Stir in paint.
This particular recipe thickened up sooooo much, so quickly! I had to keep adding water and by the time I got to the drawer fronts and touch ups there were little chunks of plaster forming up and spraying all over the place. While I loved how the paint turned out on the finished piece and it distressed well it was a VERY messy recipe with A LOT of wasted paint (the paint becomes unusable)! This recipe was made from Clark and Kensington Paint in Benjamin Moore Old Pickup Blue. Love the color, love the paint, love how it looked after being distressed, DID NOT love the paint recipe!
The power of wood filler and a sanding sponge. One half of this leg was missing when we purchased it. A previous dresser owner obviously slammed the front casters into a wall when moving leaving 1 cracked leg and one 1/2 amputated leg. My husband used wood filler to build out the leg, sanded it down to shape, and it’s good as new! p.s. Our wood filler was a bit on the dried out side so hubby decided to add some water to see if it would revive it. It did!
My little goofball in action! This is what I’m up against every time I try to take pictures of a piece!
I did manage to snag a few without my little model.
As you can see I left the mirror unpainted and picked up 2 (new) wood knobs and stained them to match. The new knobs replaced 2 ceramic floral knobs that came on the dresser. They didn’t match so off they came. I love the subtle 2 tone action which breaks up the brightness of the piece. No sense painting a perfectly good mirror! Now it hangs above the dresser and almost feels like a separate piece! I absolutely adore everything about this piece. The color, the wood accents, the style. The plan is to sell it but I just don’t know if I’ll be able to part with it.
What do you think? Is Old Pickup Blue for you? Have you tried this paint recipe? Did you have the same problems? Let me know!