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Furniture Hack: Chest Refinished in Homemade Chalk Paint

Furniture Hack: Chest Refinished in Homemade Chalk Paint
Refinished Chest
Jenni WEST / Girl Meets Restoration
Jenni designer stories
Updated with Homemade Chalk Paint
Make an old piece new

Learn how to give a thrift store chest an effortless update on a budget by making homemade chalk paint.

TIME
BUDGET
COMPLEXITY
BEHR color palette
Ultra Pure White

Ultra Pure
White
1850
Color Details

Soft Mint

Soft Mint
HDC-MD-19
Color Details

Totally Black

Totally Black
HDC-MD-04
Color Details

I'm your typical Millennial so naturally I love anything one would consider effortless. I’m an avid bargain hunter so I love a good deal. And really, who doesn’t love great quality?! For those of you that can relate to me on even just one of these levels, you will love this simple Furniture Hack that is about to revolutionize your DIYing.

"I'll take you step by step through my process for mixing your own chalk paint using BEHR Latex Paint and Plaster of Paris."

Homemade chalk paint.

Yes, folks! It is possible to get the same ease, quality, and outcome that you would from name brand chalk paint by mixing your own at home for a fraction of the price in less than 5 minutes. Nay! 3 minutes! Not to mention your endless choice of colors. I’ll take you step by step through my process for mixing your own chalk paint using BEHR Paint and Plaster of Paris. Let’s get started!

You will need:

  • BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® Interior Paint in your choice of sheen (I recommend Eggshell or Satin finish)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Sanding Sponge
  • Paint Brush
  • Resealable Container for Chalk Paint
  • Painter’s Tape (optional, for creating crisp stripes)
To prep your piece simply take a sanding sponge (grit between 120-180) and quickly sand down the piece. I don’t spend more than 5 minutes on this step. You want to rough up the finish just enough to keep it from being slick. Then begin. - BEHR ULTRA PURE WHITE®
WHAT YOU NEED
"See? Couldn’t get any easier! Mix, pour, stir & voila! Homemade Chalk Paint."
SHOPPING LIST
  • paint
  • PLASTER OF PARIS
  • SANDING SPONGE
  • Paint BRUSH
  • PaintER’S TAPE
  • CONTAINER
Recipe
  • Mix 1/3 cup Plaster of Paris with 1/3 cup cool water; mix until smooth.
  • Combine 1 cup of BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA Interior Paint with the Plaster of Paris mixture and stir thoroughly.
BEHR color palette
Ultra Pure White

Ultra Pure
White
1850
Buy a Sample

Soft Mint

Soft Mint
HDC-MD-19
Buy a Sample

Totally Black

Totally Black
HDC-MD-04
Buy a Sample

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"You’ll notice the first coat is streaky. Do not fret! "

The magic happens when you apply the second coat. The texture of this paint is exactly what you’d think... chalky and extremely matte. If you love that texture, great! If not, it sands down to a beautifully buttery smooth finish.

THE BIG REVEAL
BEHR color palette
Ultra Pure White

Ultra Pure
White
1850
Color Details

Soft Mint

Soft Mint
HDC-MD-19
Color Details

Totally Black

Totally Black
HDC-MD-04
Color Details

To give this super outdated piece a modern flair I simply used painter’s tape to create a couple of stripes down the middle. I went through the same process with the black paint (Totally Black HDC-MD-04) and mint paint (Soft Mint HDC-MD-19) to mix up a chalk paint finish for easy application. I store my paint in a sealable container so I can reuse. I don’t typically save beyond 2 weeks. To preserve your creative genius for all of time, apply a couple coats of Polyurethane or furniture wax to protect. Both work equally as well with this homemade paint.

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