Find out how to make chalk paint PLUS see how we took this old Goodwill find and turned it to a homemade sleigh bed with our own chalk paint!
How To Make Chalk Paint – Don't Miss this Chalk Paint Sleigh Bed!
Have I told you lately I love me some thrifting?
Good gracious, I do.
A few weeks ago I went to Goodwill with my daughter and was so proud that I managed to make it out the door without a single thing.
I glanced out of the corner of my eye and saw a sleigh bed headboard and footboard for $48.
Forty. Eight. Dollars.
***Did you hear me?***
(Guest bedroom before – yikes! I bought that comforter in a pinch before we sold our last house because I just needed something, but have absolutely hated it from the minute I bought it. Bleck!)
Needless to say I made a beeline for a tape measure to see if it would fit the queen bed that we have in our guest bedroom. And sure enough, it did.
This sleigh bed was only a few years old (I found a sticker with a 2009 date on it underneath), but was pretty seriously beat up. While I would love to have kept it stained, there were a few parts in it in horrible shape and it would have taken a lot of work to refinish, so I decided to try making my own chalk paint.
Now, I've shared before how I've purchased Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for projects (check out this one too), however that stuff is not cheap (about $34 per quart + the wax you'll need to have), so my daughter and I made a trip to Home Depot to see what we could find.
As luck would have it, my oh-so-wise-she's-her-momma's-favorite-this-week- girl found a mismatched paint sample for 50¢ that was exactly the color I was hoping to use. So for a whopping 50¢, I had everything I needed to tackle the job.
There are a TON of ways out there to learn how to make chalk paint, but this is one of the easiest recipes I have found – and you only need a few ingredients too!
How to Make Your Own Chalk Paint:
Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe
- 1/3 Cup Plaster of Paris
- 1/3 Cup Cool Water
- 1 Cup Latex Paint
- Paste Wax
- Measuring Cups (You won't want to use these again for cooking. You could measure out your ingredients in plastic cups too)
- Plastic Bucket for Mixing
- Mix together 1/3 Cup Cool Water and 1/3 Cup Plaster of Paris in Small Bucket
- Add in 1 Cup of Latex Paint and Stir completely
- Paint your Project
- After the paint has dried, rub paste wax into the wood to finish your project
I spent all weekend painting last week, and have a whole new room to show for it now. I'll share the complete room with you next week (every single thing in it is thrifted except the bedding), so be sure to stop back by!
You can see the entire room updates over HERE!
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