When I purchased my next project I thought I’ve seen something in it but once I got home I realized that I even payed money for garbage…
I had very little hopes in changing the look, plus, it was in such a bad shape that I didn’t want to use the chalk paint I had….
I went back to the mighty internet and I found out there are ways in doing your own chalky look paint. After checking what I have at hand, I did the recipe with sodium bicarbonate: 2 parts mat finish interior wall paint + 1 part sodium bicarbonate. Mix them very good, add water if needed and that’s it, plus… The price is 1/10, maybe less per litre.
Having the paint done I start repairing the cabinet and filling up the wood.
The white filling is done with my 1 quid poudland filler but after sanding I noticed it wasn’t enough, plus where I had big holes the filling was falling apart. The cream shades you see in the pictures and from Ronseal wood filling. This time I had no problems covering properly.
My next step was to paint using my homemade chalky look paint. I applied 2 layers of white then I went ahead and put some blue acrylic paint and a drop of black. Also, I made sure to have enough for at least 2 coats.
After sanding, I absolutely loved the look! I do need to apply a coat of wax or another sealer, but I think I will leave that for another day. Overall I was very pleased with the paint as well.
- 2 parts Crown Matt Emulsion Brilliant White (I had 25 l in my shed for ages and although was a cheap one I think it did the job)
- 1 part Sodium Bicarbonate
- water as to get a pancake consistency.
Next time I will try with calcium carbonate.