I think I’m a little late getting on the band wagon, but I have finally used chalk paint. One of my co-workers asked me if I could make her a pallet clock. She wanted a darker barn yard red color. I was still deciding on the perfect red color when I came across a post at Two It Yourself. She refinished a dresser into a beautiful console using the perfect red. While reading her post, I saw that she used chalk paint. Pre mixed chalk paint can be very expensive. Luckily for me, she had a recipe for homemade chalk paint. You can find her recipe for chalk paint here. I went to Lowes and purchased the supplies I needed.
After I gathered all of my supplies, I mixed the paint according to her instructions. The ingredients she gave were:
- 1 part hot water
- 1 part Plaster of Paris
- 3 part water-based paint
I spoke with the lady through email and she suggested using slightly less water than the instructions called for. After mixing the ingredients, I had a creamy looking paint. I then applied this paint to the boards I was using and it went on quite smoothly. There is also no priming with chalk paint, which is great. Such a time saver! After one coat, the boards looked great and almost had a distressed look already.
I did sand my boards a little after painting in order to give them a more distressed look. After sanding, I used my favorite glaze from Valspar to give the clock an antique look. After everything was completely dry, I put the clock together.
I love how the clock turned out! Overall, I think I will be using chalk paint again. It is quick and easy to use and the coverage is great! If you would like to make a pallet clock for yourself click here for the tutorial.