Anyway, chalk paint is cool, but it comes with some issues. First, it's a little too expensive for a cheapo like me. Second, it isn't carried by everyone. I believe there's a store in St. Thomas that carries it, but that's the closest retailer that I know of. Third, it comes in a limited range of colours. They're beautiful colours, but limited nonetheless.
So I thought I would give one of the DIY chalk paint recipes a try and see how it goes. I used this tutorial, which I liked since it gave a couple of different options and compared the results to ASCP. For my purposes, I decided to use the plaster of Paris method which seemed to be the easiest/cheapest option. Basically, you use 1 part hot water mixed with 1 part plaster of Paris. Mix that together well, then add 3 parts of your paint. To do this piece, I used 1/2 cup water and PofP with 1 1/2 cups paint. I did another piece that was bigger so I doubled it (I don't have pictures of that yet though) and I found it to be a little difficult to mix that much paint, so I would suggest doing a smaller batch and then just doing another batch for your second coat.
Chalk paint is different that regular paint in a few ways - mainly that it's thinner and grainier. It really sticks to whatever you're painting and it dries quite a bit quicker than regular latex paint. I was pretty happy with the results - check it out!
I decided to finally give a coat of paint to that little campaign-y style dresser that I got for Vivian's room. You might remember it from this post. Here's what it looked like before...
And here's how it's looking now...
I took off all of the hardware - including the corner bits - and polished them all up with some Brasso, following Centsational Girl's advice. The corner pieces cleaned up really nicely, but the drawer pulls were tougher since they had more nooks and crannies and weren't real brass.
I'm still pretty happy with how they turned out though. Any rough spots are just going to be called patina.
Because the paint was thinner, it was pretty easy to get it to fit into all of the bits of cane on the face of it without having big globs of paint everywhere, like you probably would with just plain latex paint. And it was definitely easier than spray painting it.
I had it in my mind to paint it a nice, bright blue and then realized that I already have a bunch of blue paint sitting around from the basement, so I just used that instead of getting something else. Because you thin the paint down, it's a bit lighter than it started out, but I'm still pretty pleased with it!
And so was Vivian!
(And this picture is why I took the initial pictures in the much brighter living room!)
So that's a very long winded explanation to what I was up to last night. Have you tried out chalk paint yet? I didn't wax this piece, because I kind of like the grittier surface of just the plain chalk paint (and yes, also because I couldn't find the wax in the store) but I might want to try waxing even just the top to make it easier to wipe down.