Today I’m going to s with you a tutorial on how to create a marbled, aged look with paint. In my opinion this look works well with grey, pink, blue or even dark brown for a “faux leather” kind of look. [Read more…]
*Check out my new updated tutorial on how I Glaze Painted Furniture here!
The most common question I get when people see my furniture is how I glaze my furniture. I think the reason for this is that;
- Glazing is one of those things that if you do it wrong, it is really difficult to do. So it can be very intimidating.
- I have a different glazing technique than most.
Here is the information I promised on my comparison of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, my own DIY Chalk Paint and Benin Moore’s Regal Select 100% Acrylic paint. I started my little experiment by purchasing a gallon of Ben’s “white linen” paint at Jones Paint and Glass. I tried to match the color as closely as I could to Annie Sloan’s Old White color. I think I got pretty close, its just a tad bit lighter than Annie Sloan’s…
Here are the supplies that I used.I bought a big bucket of Plaster of Paris for around $5.00 at Jones Paint and Glass. The Polyblend Non-Sanded Grout was purchased for $13 at Home Depot. I have a glass of water, my acrylic paint, Annie Sloans Chalk paint. Two scrap boards that I found and 2 containers to mix my experiments in. I separated the two boards in half and labeled each side.
I painted the annie slaon paint with my spray gun right onto the board. No priming, no sanding. Next I mixed my Plaster of Paris recipe and my Non-Sanded Grout recipe that I got from In My Style:
Plaster of Paris Recipe:
1 Part Plaster of Paris
3 Parts Paint
** Update: I’ve revamped my preferred mixture for Chalk Paint and have a new post with tips and tricks on how to use it. Here is the new and improved recipe.
I started by adding water to 1/2 cup of Plaster of Paris. I wanted my mixture to be really thick and chalky so I only put in enough water so that the mixture was similar to pancake batter. I got all the lumps out so it was really smooth.
Once the mixture was smooth, I mixed in my paint. I used 1 1/2 cups of paint…
I repeated the same steps for the Non-Sanded Grout version with this recipe:
Non-Sanded Grout Recipe
1 c. Non-Sanded Grout
3 c. Paint
I don’t know if you noticed – they are the exact same recipe as the Plaster of Paris just worded differently. I didn’t like the way the non-sanded grout turned out. No matter how long I mixed it it still had chunks of like rocks in it. It didn’t go on very smooth. It was basically the consistency of grout – not pancake batter. I don’t recommend this method based on my experience, but others have been more successful with it. Here are the results:
Can you see the difference? I didn’t think so… here are a couple of close up images of the different paints. I don’t have a close up on the latex paint, but just imagine that it looks exactly like the Plaster of Paris. You can’t tell a difference in the way they look – only the way they feel.
There literally is no difference that I can see in the Annie Sloan and the DIY Chalk paint using Plaster of Paris. If I had to make a comparison I would say that the Annie Sloan Paint has just a bit more chalkyness to it, but I would also say that using the DIY Plaster of Paris paint – it covers much better. I use a spray gun, so I have not compared the two when painting with a brush, but I can’t imaging a huge difference.
The non-sanded grout as you can see in the picture, did not come out very smooth. Again this could be because I did something wrong, but why mess with it when I’ve got the Plaster of Paris recipe right at my fingertips and it was much cheaper anyways. I did put a coat of the Annie Sloan wax on all of these. Even with the wax the latex still feels more sticky… Its not nearly as smooth as the chalk paint. I actually prefer the Plaster of Paris in smoothness after the wax goes on. It feels softer to the touch.
So good news for all you people out there who don’t want to pay $38.00 per quart on your painting projects. For a quart of the Plaster of Paris paint you are looking at approx. $14 per quart. Much more reasonable, and this is using the expensive Benin Moore Regal Select Paint. If you were to substitute for something like Behr that only costs you about $25 per gallon, you would be looking at around $7-8 per quart. I don’t recommend Behr paint only because it doesn’t lay as flat as Benin Moors Paint. Although Ben’s paint doesn’t claim that it was made for furniture as Annie Sloan’s does, I have spent hours and hours researching different paints. I’ve tried every brand I can find and I really can say its the best out there for this. Its strong, flexible, easy to work with, its water-based, no to VOC, and the paint lays perfectly flat. I mean – perfectly! I really do love this stuff. If you do purchase – make sure to do the Regal Select, not just the Regal – there’s a big difference!
One more benefit of this version over Annie Sloan – you can choose from thousands of colors. Annie Sloan has around 30 colors to choose from and yes you could mix the colors to come up with something you are looking for, but why bother when you’ve got thousands right at your fingertips? These are just my opinions – I don’t get paid for it – and you might have a different experience…
Hope you found this useful!