Furniture Rescue Paint
DIY Chalk Paint
Recipe for Furniture Paint
There are lots of recipes out there in the blogosphere. I’ll just add mine to the mix. (Get it, mix…) I have used this for years, and it has served me well. Customers have come back years after I painted furniture for them and consistently say that it’s holding up well. I have detailed making a quart, but will add amounts for a gallon at the end – the process is the same.
Here’s what you need:
1 Qt. Behr Premium Plus Ultra
¾ cup Plaster of Paris
½ cup of cold water
Disposable plastic bottle with screw on lid – the wider the mouth the better.
Here’s what you do:
- Remove about a cup of paint from the quart. If you store this extra it in a disposable plastic container, you can add it back later. The reason for removing a cup of paint is to make plenty of room for the plaster of paris and water mixture and still leave room to shake the can later.
- .Add ½ cup of cold water to the container.
- Add ¾ cup of plaster of paris to the water in the container. Use a plastic funnel if necessary
- Screw on the bottle lid very tightly
- Shake, then keep shaking. This is the most important step. The plaster of paris needs to be completely dissolved, not just suspended. Wait at least 5 minutes from the time you add the plaster to the water, and shaking often. (Did I say keep shaking?)
- Add the dissolved plaster of paris to the quart can of paint.
- Recap the disposable plastic bottle and throw it in the trash. Do not rinse the contents down the drain and do not put it in the recycling.
- Replace the top onto the quart can of paint and shake well. Let the can sit for a bit after you shake to reduce the amount of paint on the underside of the lid.
- When you open the can, stir well with a stir stick. After subsequent uses, you should stir the paint rather than shake it. This reduces the build up on the top and saves paint.
Modification for a gallon
Buy a gallon of paint
Remove three cups of paint
Add 2 cups of cold water to the water bottle
Add 3 cups of plaster of paris