I have had a MAJOR crush on Chalk Paint ever since my friend Jen introduced me to it through her fabulous local store, Beckoning’s Upcycled. I bought my first piece of chalk painted furniture from her in the fall (see it in the corner of our living room)…and began experimenting with chalk paint soon after. While Jennifer uses Annie Sloan paints to create her beautiful upcycled pieces, I decided to try making my own chalk paint using a recipe I found on Pinterest. I have had some great successes (a sideboard turned TV cabinet, our laundry room doors) and one BIG MASSIVE FAIL! That is where today’s little story begins.
Well, once the inside of the pantry was lookin’ so hot the backs of the old melamine doors were lookin’ beyond sad:
They were beat up and tired and in serious need of some love. I decided to give them a little makeover that would be both fab and functional: chalkboard paint. From previous research I knew that the recipe for ‘chalk paint’ is the same as that for ‘chalkboard paint’, so I decided to make my own. My friend Melissa (a master of colour selection) at our local Benjy Moore store helped me select a fabulous charcoal colour in a tester size, and I got to work chefin’ up some chalkboard paint:
Once my paint was ‘made’ I got to work painting two coats with foam brushes. It went really quickly as the paint is very liquidy and glides on smoothly. It also dries super quickly as well. I did a light sand between coats of paint.
Now enter my EPIC FAIL:
I had heard that with chalk paint you don’t need to sand or prime. That is true for most projects. That, apparently, does NOT apply to painting on MELAMINE! I discovered this as soon as I tried to write on my new ‘chalkboard’ . The chalk scratched that chalkboard paint right off the door! Oh No! Oh-me-oh-my….
So, back to the drawing board… or at least the scraping board. I scraped off all the chalkboard paint (with a little help from my chief assistant – don’t mind the good ol’ Canadian hockey hair…).
I then sanded the melamine cabinets with 60 grit sandpaper and primed with a super adherent primer designed for melamine.
Once this painful process was finished, I was ready to go ahead and do it PROPERLY. Take Two: Homemade Chalkboard Paint… same process as above. And this time…. SUCCESS!
They are perfect for writing our weekly dinner menu on and keeping a quick list of groceries I need to remember to pick up. I keep a little piece of chalk in a small bowl inside the pantry so I am ready to make notes at a moments notice. Fab and functional!
And now for a little before and after of the whole pantry project:
Have you tried making your own chalk paint or painting a chalkboard anywhere in your house? I’d love to hear about other people’s experiences with this!
And remember, my housie friends, HOME wasn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!
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