MiniMe’s Lime Chalk Paint Desk mid project


1 undercoat white
1 highlight coat cornmeal
First coat lime green

The party guests will have to pardon the mess tomorrow night.

Adventures in decorating. My first chalk paint project

Chalk paint is all the rage around here right now. I love the look and the promise of no prep, easy coverage, easy distressing, and durability with wax. I recently scored a desk vanity for MiniMe and want to chalk paint it, but I didn’t want it to be my first attempt. I decided I wanted to try the DIY paint first before choosing to buy Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I was looking for something, anything small I could use as a pilot project. The other day while showing MiniBoobs my new sparkly red pop up target tree I got a wild hair to paint the entry table red. It was a honey pine color and originally a put together table I bought at Lowes in the 90’s.
I’d give my work a 7 overall. I should of used deglosser on the table because when I didn’t get my 1 part plaster of Paris smooth enough it left little bumps of hard plaster in places and when rubbed off they pulled off right to the original finish. I was able to mostly work around or fix it though. I was in a hurry and didn’t want to distress this piece so I chose to rub an ample amount of dark walnut wax into the finish and buff it to a soft sheen. I got the project done in under 24 hours and put 3 coats of chalk paint on it. It does dry very quickly and coverage was awesome. I made my mixture in a glass mason jar and sealed it up well when I was done because I had a ton of the 2 cups I made left. I went with the 1 part plaster of Paris to 3 parts paint ratio. Next time I’m upping it to 1 part plaster of Paris to 2 parts paint.
Here are pics in various stages of the project.