A couple of months ago my Mum was doing a clean out and decided she wanted to get rid of an old cabinet she had and asked if I wanted it. I looked at the cabinet and could immediately see it’s potential and how great it would look in white but because of it’s curves and intricate details I decided it would be way to much hard work to sand back. So I took a pic and popped it up on my facebook page to see if anyone else wanted it. The amazing Pip Lincolne commented straight away, something to the affect of “Don’t get rid of that. It would look amazing painted white!” I replied that I agreed but couldn’t be bothered sanding it all back. “You don’t need to” replied Pip “Check this out“. Turns our Pip had written a post about painting a similar cabinet without the need to sand. Say what?! I immediately removed the post from my facebook page (before someone else snapped up the cabinet) and headed off to read Pip’s post.
Unfortunately there wasn’t a stockist of the Annie Sloan chalk paint nearby so I headed to our local Bunnings to see if they had something similar. Turns out they had lots of chalk paint, just not the colour I wanted! So I asked the helpful Bunnings lady who told me that I could totally make my own chalk paint, it was super easy and cheap too. Winning! So yes, turns out you can make your own chalk paint by mixing normal paint with Plaster of Paris.
Here’s what I used:
Plaster of Paris ($7 for a 1kg bag. You only need a very small amount but this was the smallest bag Bunnings had).
Paint (I got three sample pots totaling 1.5 litres. $7.50 per pot).
Paintbrushes (I already had some at home but you can pick these up from Bunning for a few dollars).
Door knobs (I had some I wanted to use at home but again you can get these from Bunnings for a few dollars).
Here’s what I did:
Mixed 2 1/2 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with 1 1/2 tablespoons of cool water. Then I added 1 cup of paint and used an old wooden spatula to mix it all together thoroughly.
Dusted off the cabinet and removed the glass; I could easily do this as the cabinet had little swig tabs holding the glass in place but if I was unable to remove the glass I could’ve easily just taped around the edges.
Slapped on the first coat of paint…and I really mean slapped on. My five year old helped do the first coat and we all know how kids paint!
I allowed it to dry for a few hours then put on a second coat. Once that dried I then put on one final coat of just plain paint (without the plaster of paris mixed in) to give it a bit more of a glossy finish. I screwed on some new knobs, put the glass back in and voila, the finished product….
Add a few pretty pieces to and I’m in love…
What do you think? Now that I know this can be done so easily I have my eye on a few other old pieces we have lying around in the garage to fix up! Stay tuned…
A big thank you to Pip for her super helpful advice!