How to Chalk Paint

I LOVE Chalk Paint. Now, this is not to be mistaken for chalk board paint, and if I’m really honest, I don’t know why it is called chalk paint, except for maybe because of the chalky texture before you wax it. Whatever… lets do it!
First thing’s first. You want to make sure the  piece is clean. If you’re like me, you’re using old furniture, likely from Goodwill or some place. You need to get all the oils and nasty off first. In an ideal world, you’d have acetone on hand, but alcohol works too. I happened to have nail polish remover… tada! (Do not use Vodka… wrong alcohol… and wasteful.)
Wipe it down, making sure you get in every nook and cranny. You’ll notice where you missed when it starts to crackle… eek.
*Side note… gloves would be good, since acetone and acrylic/gel nails don’t work together.
 Now, find a container, bowl, or something that you don’t need to use for popcorn in the future. This stuff dries fast and doesn’t come off anything.
You want to mix about 3 heaping spoons full of LOWES’ non-sanded grout with water, till it’s a thin paste. Get all the chunks out before adding paint.  (this is why you don’t use the grout from Home Depot. We’ll get to that.)
You don’t need much paint for a small project. I was doing a night stand and bought a sample size paint off of the oops paint rack for only $.25. No I didn’t necessarily pick my color, but it turned out great and only cost me $.25!!
For 3 tablespoons of grout, you’ll use about a cup or 2 (give or take… you know I never measure anything.)
Warning! This stuff stinks! Maybe wear a mask.
Once you mix it really well, you just start brushing it on. It’s a thick paint, and self leveling. Just keep an eye on drips.
You’ll probably need a thin second coat. Although, a nice, thick coat is better if you want it to be really sturdy.
I opted to go right over the pulls… it’s a look.
If you want to distress it, you’ll need about a 100 grit sand paper. The thicker the paint, the more sanding you’ll have to do.
I sanded the handle too, and love how it turned out!
When you’re done, unless you’re going to draw on it with chalk, you want to wipe it down with a wax. I just used what I had on hand. The blogs I followed used a dark wax, which I haven’t found in the stores yet. But the wax makes the finish really soft and smooth, protects it from moisture and it gives the finish an aged look depending on the depth of your sanding.  *Side note, gloves would not be out of line here either, unless you want waterproof hands.
My piece went from drab to fab (I just wanted to say that) in a matter of hours. Once we all came down off the fumes, we still loved how it turned out, so we’re calling it a success!
Before
After
**Yes, I realize my pictures are a little dark, It was late and the room was poorly lit. I really need to get my husband on fixing that.
Now… why do we not use Home Depot Grout? Because it does NOT blend down to a paste, and those little chunks look like crap when sanded. 🙁
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Just say no to Home Depot Grout… but YAY to oops paint!
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Those white specks are the little chunks left behind by the inferior grout.

Now… what else can I paint?

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