We have this kitchen table that we bought when Atley was a little baby. It has been used and abused, moved and moved again. It has been written on, spilled on, burned, carved on and repeatedly stabbed with forks. It fact, it has been so maltreated that it probably should have been replaced long ago. But, this same table is the place where we have eaten almost every meal. It is where the kids have done their homework, where they have learned to write their names, where they have completed dozens of crafts and decorated cookies each Christmas. It is where I bathed two of my newborns. It is easily transformed into a fort with just the unfolding of a bed sheet. I just can't bear to part with it. This kitchen table is part of our family institution and perhaps the only piece of furniture I am sentimental about. However, it was turning into an eyesore.
When I finally decided something had to be done I knew that I was way to lazy and much too impatient to go the whole sanding-stripping route when it came to refinishing. After some research I discovered a product on the market called Annie Sloan Chalky Paint. Not to be confused with chalkboard paint. These two things are totally different. I am sure Annie Sloan's paint is wonderful but it is also extremely difficult to find, doesn't come in a ton of colors and is astronomically priced. So, I opted for making my own. The best part of this process, is you don't need to sand or strip anything just make sure you begin painting on a clean and dry surface.
CHALKY PAINT RECIPE
1 1/2 Cups Any Latex Flat Paint Tinted to your Color Preference
(I used Behr's Builders Grade Paint $14 per gallon at Home Depot)
1/2 Cup Plaster of Paris
1/2 Cup Warm Water
Mix plaster and water thoroughly until all the lumps have dissipated. Add paint and mix well.
I put three coats on the kitchen table and chairs. Waiting about 15 minutes between coats. The mixture dries well and adheres like a dream. When the paint dries apply a few layers of Minwax Finishing Wax to seal and protect the furniture.