I just love all the look of ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), but being the queen of frugal and living on a fixed income, I wanted to be frugal. I researched and found a few different additives that I could add to my paint that supposedly has the chalk paint effect: unsanded grout, Plaster of Paris, and calcium carbonate, all of which I would have had to order. Another option was baking soda which I already had on hand. Since I was anxious to get started, I opted for the baking soda.
I had found 2 folding chairs at a yard sale for $2 each, one was painted blue and the other a battered, lacquered dark wood finish. I had found some blue and green “oops” paint at the Home Depot and decided it would be perfect for this project.
I used a 1/3 baking soda to 2/3 paint ratio and added a little water til it got to a consistency that I liked. You do have to stir for a while, but it mixed pretty well. I was thrilled I didn’t have to sand or prime before painting [except for some rough spots on the seat]. I used a brush to apply the paint mixture and it covered surprisingly well and there were no brush marks. So far so good.
I also wanted a bit of a distressed look , so I decided to try lightly sanding it. The paint did not want to come off, so I ended up having to use my electric sander. That worked like a charm. See the close up below. However, if you just want the color and that velvety finish, this is perfect, and it really sticks to those lacquered, shiny surfaces..
I knew I wanted to add some darker wax to keep the aged, distressed look I was going for, but I only had clear wax. Fortunately, I did have a clear glaze that I found on sale so I just tinted it myself using a little dark stain I had. I love how it turned out since it gave it that nice aged appearance I like so much. I then waxed it with a coat of clear wax.
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