Okay, I've stopped my jumping for joy long enough to type this post. But I'm just so dang excited...more jumping for joy - because I JUST MADE HOMEMADE CHALK PAINT!!! I got the idea and recipe from Sherry at No Minimalist Here. Thank you Sherry!
There are a few versions of the recipe and I decided to try the Plaster of Paris - mainly because I knew I could find it easily and I'm impatient - ha! I bought the above supplies at Home Depot. The 4-pound container of Plaster of Paris was $6.78 (and it will last a long time). I bought the plastic container and lid for easy measuring and storing. I used 8oz. of Plaster of Paris and 16oz. of paint - oops paint that cost me $1. It's best to run a plastic fork or something thru the Plaster of Paris before adding the paint. I stirred well and added a little water. Stirred more and added a little more water. There were some small lumps and I thought it was going to be a disaster. I got a board and tested it out. The lumps just went away as I used the paint brush. It is remarkably similar to the expensive name brand chalk paint - the way it goes on, the way it dries, the way it sands - amazing.
The best part, of course, is the price but the second best part is the endless color possibilities! I'll be sure to share the results when I paint an entire piece with my homemade chalk paint!