DIY ~ Chalk Paint! So Easy!

First of all… YES, I’ve been living under a rock…

I’ve finally come up-to-date and now have a Twitter account. (No laughing please! :D)

Soooo, if you want to follow me just click the little birdie…

Or, you can click the little Twitter icon that is to the side of this post, up by my ugly mug! ;)


I’ve been wanting a coffee table for some time now, but I just could not find one that tickled my fancy.

I came across this table at Salvation Army a few weeks ago…

AND… I only paid $12.50 for it! It was meant to be mine! Fo’ Sho’!

I was struggling over what color to paint it, and low and behold…

I found this pin on Pinterest. It came from i heart nap time.

Jamielyn re-did a little side table with chalk paint and I loved the color she used, SOOO… I used the same color. I’m a copy-cater, I know. I’m not ashamed. :D  The color is from Sherwin Williams and it’s called White Raisin. I knew this was exactly the accent color I wanted in my living room. Looove it!

Here is what you will need…

Recipe for Chalk Paint

2 Cups Paint (I used White Raisin from S.W.)
5 Tablespoons Plaster of Paris
2 Tablespoons Water

Mix plaster of Paris and water together until smooth. Add paint and mix well. Paint as desired.

To pint this recipe click DIY Chalk Paint.

The BEST part about using chalk paint is that you don’t have to pre-sand!!! I’ve never used chalk paint before, and let me just say…


It dries to a durable, hard finish. I think I might paint my whole house in it… Maybe my car. Just sayin’…

I wanted the slightly distressed look so I copied Jamielyn, yet again, and painted the edges with black paint.

I added Carmex (or petroleum jelly) anywhere I wanted the black paint to show through. Since I did not want a lot of black showing, I used a tooth pick, as opposed to a Q-tip, to apply the Carmex.

When I was ready to mix up my chalk paint, I first measured 2 cups of water into my container…

And, then marked the water line on the outside of my container so I knew how much 2 cups would be…

***I poured out the 2 cups of water.

***Important. Do not mix the 2 cups of water into the paint.***

I then mixed up the chalk paint according to the directions.

I painted my table with a brush, using long even strokes. I let the paint dry for a few hours and then added a second coat.

While I waited for the second coat to dry, I began working on the knobs for the drawers.

I wanted black knobs for the drawers, but I could not find what I wanted in black. I did find exactly what I wanted in silver, which is nothing a little spray paint can’t fix, right?

First, I lightly sanded and primed the knobs…

Then, I stuck a nail in a cardboard box and placed my knob on the nail so it was easier, and faster to paint.

After the table was dry, I lightly sanded the edges of my table to reveal the hidden black paint. Because I had used Carmex on the edges the paint came right off without much sanding.

To protect the table, I rubbed on some furniture wax. I let it soak in for about 30 minutes and then buffed it off with a soft cloth.

I added the knobs, and done!

Just gorgeous!

I just love my new table!

Here is the before and after again…

I love it! Love it! Love it!

Chalk paint is my new BFF! <3 <3 <3

Fo’ rillz!

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DIY ~ Chalk Paint! So Easy! — 34 Comments

  1. First of all… I still don’t know how to tweet!!! You will have to get me up to date on our next McD’s outing!! Secondly, I have a coffee table that I have been wanting to paint…. I will let you do since I know you aren’t busy and are bored a lot! LOL :) The table is gorgeous!! So… it is chalk paint… but not like chalkboard paint… ??? can your kids write on it with chalk? (yes that is a serious question…. maybe I should have just texted it… but I don’t think I am the only one wondering!) :)

  2. Loved this green table beautifully finished with the touches of black and the wax. I held out against homemade chalk paint for several months and gave in and tried it. I am now a believer too! I was pondering over the color “white raisin” turning out green. Then DUH – like green grapes:>D

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  3. Beautiful transformation!!! I really need to give chalk paint a try- so many people are raving about it! Maybe once we’re done with the move I’ll get some time to redo a few pieces I have. Hope you’re having a fabulous holiday week!

  4. So excited for the chalkboard paint recipe! The table looks so cute! We love the color. We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday! It was great having you and we hope you’ll be back next week!! -The Sisters

  5. OOOOh! I LOVE this make-over so much! on my monitor it looks almost lime green? I LOVE THAT!! Have thought about painting my own coffee table a pop colour too, but am scared! lol
    yours looks wonderful, and thank you for the recipe on that chalk paint, Ima have to give that a try.


  6. Youre not alone…..I’m not on Twitter either. You’re ahead of me now! This table looks great. Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party

  7. Thanks for the “recipe” for chalk paint. I have just run out of the “for real” stuff and have more projects to go. I am pinning this so I won’t forget how to do it. Your table is so darn cute!

  8. You did a great job and the table looks transformed.
    I don’t understand the purpose of using “Chalk Paint” if you are not using it as a chalk board. Please explain. Thanks.

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  10. Hi: Do you mean you can go and buy chalk board paint…………and paint your furniture with it but seal it with wax and it will be just like you painted with an Anne Sloan Chalk paint????????? or any other chalk paint on the market? Where is the best place and the least expensive chalk board to buy and where? Tks, Barbara

    • You can make any paint into chalk paint by adding plaster of Paris and a little water (see proportions above). The reason I waxed it was to protect the paint. If you leave it un-waxed it will be just like a chalk board and you can write on it and then wipe it off. Once you wax it, however, it will not be like a chalk board. You may wonder why I used chalk paint and then not use it as a chalk board… Well, the reason is, chalk board paint dries to a hard durable finish that many people like for their furniture so it will wear well. Hope this helps! :D

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