Homemade Chalk Paint Hutch Makeover

Now on to my homemade chalk paint hutch makeover.   This is what I started with (please ignore the green painting tape):

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As you can see it just faded into the wood logs behind it, and the detail on the piece was totally lost.

First up, I painted the interior with the blue FAT PAINT that I had for my vanity. Much better.

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Now onto the exterior, I decided to paint it a soft yellow.  And as luck would have it, I had some leftover builders’ paint from our basement in a soft yellow.  Now off to find a chalk paint recipe, this time I wanted to try a homemade recipe.

Here’s the chalk paint recipe that I found here.

2 cups of latex paint (I used eggshell)
5 tbsp plaster of paris
3 tbsp cool water.
Mix the plaster of paris with the water, stir thoroughly till there are no lumps.  Then add latex paint and mix completely. It should be just as smooth as the plain paint when you started.
 

I mixed it all in a bowl and then poured the completed paint in a mason jar.  I kept this tightly closed and poured only a small amount in a tray as I was painting, so it didn’t become too thick.  I used a small foam roller and a bristle brush to get into the corners.

Now I’ll tell you what I did wrong….sigh….I used builders’ paint, my first mistake.  The paint was thin to begin with and barely thickened up with the plaster of paris. And my second mistake, the colour was too light.  See below.

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Looks too much like cream instead of yellow.  And the paint is just not covering, even after 3 coats!  As per instructions for working with chalk paint, I didn’t sand the piece AT ALL!  And you saw how dark it was, well if I was to do it over, I would definitely give it at least a light sanding as it was taking many coats to cover the dark wood finish.

So back to the drawing board, or paint store, I should say.  I went with a much brighter yellow…

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                                     Lemon Drops 2019-50 – Benjamin Moore

I mixed up some more chalk paint with the new yellow and now it is beginning to look a lot more like I envisioned.

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Much better!

I did give the piece a light sanding before I started with the second yellow.  I don’t know if that helped or not as it still took another 3 coats to cover the piece completely.  So 6 coats in total! YIKES! As I said, I would definitely give it a sanding before I started next time and I’m thinking that FAT PAINT worked much better for covering a dark piece. I didn’t have any trouble with coverage of my library table (but I had sanded most of it, except for the barley twists on the legs).  Click here to see that makeover.

After letting the paint dry for 24 hours, I started waxing.  I used FAT PAINT’s clear and antique wax. I love this wax.  It goes on easily and is easy to work with. It gives such a beautiful sheen.

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I love how the apron and leg detail show up now in the lighter colour.

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I applied a coat of clear wax first, and then a very light coat of the antique wax and once it was dry, gave it all a buffing with a clean cloth.  The sheen is so lovely on waxed furniture!

VOILA!

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It just pops from the wall now and looks so much better.  Sorry for the faded out photos, it’s very hard to take a clear photo here as there is a large window right beside the hutch.

Next project, the matching buffet which I use in the entrance of the cottage.  Stay tuned…..

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Comments

  1. What a great job! I really would have never thought of the yellow and it is so bright and fun!

  2. Victoria @ The FAT Paint Company says:

    Gorgeous Lisa! So happy that you love our FAT Wax! ! Let’s get you some FAT Paint for your next project 😉
    Victoria

    • I love both your Fat Paint and Fat Wax Victoria. I was just curious about all these homemade recipes. I definitely recommend your paint over my DIY recipe, thicker and covers better 🙂

  3. I so enjoyed your steps to your final piece. The how to made this very interesting to read. Love the use of Fat Wax!!!

  4. You realy did a great job. The paint looks fantastic and thanks for your step by step introduction. Make it very easy to try it by myself.

  5. Thank you for sharing this beautiful transformation!
    I really love the yellow you used 🙂

  6. Great job on this one Lisa. Looks like the piece you transformed had great bones to start. The yellow is perfect!

  7. I love that yellow! That dated looking cupboard looks totally fresh now.

    Great choice of colour and fabulous makeover!

  8. I love your transformation! It looks so pretty!

  9. That cabinet looks so pretty – just beautiful in that yellow colour!!

  10. It really looks great! I have heard so much about chalk paint, but I had no idea you could make it. I’ll have to try this recipe on my next project.

  11. That is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the colour, it’s so happy 🙂

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