Back when I first started refinishing furniture, making a piece shabby chic took days or weeks, depending on the size of the project. The sanding, the priming, the waiting, the painting, the waiting, the reapplying paint, the waiting, the sanding, the sealing, the waiting, the sanding, the sealing, the waiting–it was a tedious process (even more so than reading this sentence) fit for only the most patient DIYers.
But then, chalk paint went mainstream.
Chalk paint made shabby chic not just uber-cool, but uber-easy, too. Since it adheres to anything, and fast, there’s rarely a need for any laborious prep work like sanding or priming. It’s thin consistency goes on smooth and takes just a couple of coats for a seamless finish that easily rivals any professional paint job. And with its amazingly fast dry time, a piece can be finished in a day instead of a week. But all that good stuff comes with a high price tag, which is what most DIYers are trying to avoid in the first place.
Good news, though, you can make your own custom chalk paint for a fraction of the cost. Head over to My Crafty Spot to find out just how easy and inexpensive it is to make in my latest post. I had stellar results transforming a few cheap picture frames using my favorite homemade version of the stuff.
Let me know if you try it and what kind of results you have. And if you like the mason jar vase peeking out from behind the picture frames, you can make your own with this DIY Mercury Glass tutorial.