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Stretching a can of chalk paint

A lot has been written about homemade chalk paint and about the high cost of brands like Annie Sloan. At first glance, $42 Canadian does seem to be an exorbitant price for a quart of paint. Chalk paint does have obvious advantages over latex or homemade chalk paint which is latex with additives, but I am going to address only the cost aspect here. I really haven’t found chalk paint to be expensive if you are painting more than one item. I have stretched one can of Annie Sloan French Linen to paint 4 items, which works out to be about $11 an item. You probably could buy Oops paint more cheaply but you are stuck with the colour whatever it is, you have to make chalk paint out of it and you have to sand it a lot to get a smooth finish. So, one can of French Linen painted 3 coats on this  cedar chest with Old Ochre trim:chest

was used on the trim of this cedar chest:DSC_0010(7)

painted this end table ( 3 coats again)DSC_0007(11)

was used on this tray:DSC_0005(11)

and finally was used to paint this antique dresser( 3 coats again).  I put a Graphite wash all over to enhance the trim and match the glass knobs:


I actually have some paint left over-enough to paint another tray or to mix with white to make a pale grey.



8 thoughts on “Stretching a can of chalk paint

  1. I love chalk paint on furniture! I do want to test milk paint too and see how that works out!! I love this color of gray!! I have been using chalk paint from a local lady who makes me. she use to work for american decor chalk paint so its a lot cheaper than all the other online brands and works great. stop by my blog sometime when you get a chance you can see some of my diy’s..my blog is new so im still working on getting more posts up 🙂
    have a great friday

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