These girls belong to my mother. I posted on FB last night about how I grew up with these chairs and how I'm AMAZED that none of the 1000 layers of top coat have worn off through the years. Must be some skull and cross bones product from the 70's that ate the lungs out of everyone who came in contact with it. I used a stripper on them..... TWICE. I sanded them for two days! Still I could not get them back to bare wood to re-stain them as I had initially thought I would. I have a tendency to have grand ideas and underestimate the complexity of certain things. I've always thought if I set my mind to something, I could acheive it. Don't get me wrong. I COUD HAVE acheived it but it would have taken atleast 2 or 3 more days of sanding and bleaching. Pure exhaustion and the aching in my arms and back convinced me to GIVE IT UP ALREADY! So, these
With all that said, I'm pretty much over stripping and sanding (for the time being anyway). I've been drooling over the ever famous Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that is spread all over furniture blogland. However, the price makes me queezy. What is it? Like $35 per quart?. My
Not so fast aching body parts! I've read several blogs giving formulas to make your own chalk paint for $4. Now you're speaking my language! They say to mix latex paint with Calcium Carbonate (which I could not find at my local health food store), Plaster of Paris and some say sandless grout. Apparently the sandless grout is the formula for chalkboard paint (according to Martha Stuart). Who can argue with Martha? Well, I probably would but we won't go there! So, I'm going to give this homemade chalk paint a try over the weekend and paint a small piece and see what I get.
If this works, cover your ears because I'm gonna be squeeling from the rooftop!!!!!