Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Okay Folks.  This was the true test for my chalk paint mixture.  I'd had this cute little 2 drawer chest for probably 2 years.......stuck back in a corner of my workshop.  I just dreaded tryin to do anything with it, since it had one of those slick Formica tops.  I didn't know if I'd have to sand the daylights out of it, or what I could do to make the paint stick.  But, that was all BEFORE I'd heard of chalk paint.  So, I used the paint that I told you about HERE, but instead of using it straight from the bucket, I mixed up a batch of homemade chalk paint........recipes are found HERE.  So far, I've only tried the Plaster of Paris recipe.   

As usual, I forgot to get BEFORE pictures.  But, here are several DURING and AFTER shot.  Remember my camera met with a little bad luck, mentioned HERE, so my pictures are still not very sharp.  Oh well.  

Before painting, take off the hardware..........well duh.  Then brush on two coats of the chalk paint mixture, sanding lightly between coats.  And, guess what.  My MIRACLE CHALK PAINT stuck to that Formica top really well....no prob.  8-)

Then, just brush on Minwax Dark Walnut.  And, then....wipe it off, using a soft cloth or paper towel.

You can choose just how much stain you want to leave on.

I spray painted the hardware with an off white, then antiqued it as well.
Put it back on....and here she is.  Look at the next page to she her after arriving at the shop.

A tutorial for this chair can be found HERE.

Pretty lady.  And, the chalk paint was just the right thing for that Formica top.

See ya'll later.

For you Northern folk.....

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More than 1 person = Ya'll
Several people = All Ya'll




  1. Am I the only one that has not painted something with chalk paint yet? LOL. So good to know that it works on formica! I see so may items while out thrifting but walk pass them because I didn't know how to paint them! I love the color you chose too. Perfect! I'd love it if you shared this at my new Tuesday link party at
    Have a beautiful week ♥

    1. Thanks Kathe. I WILL BE THERE!!! 8-)

  2. That turned out so awesome! It looks awesome!

  3. Wonderful job, I love the way it turned out!

  4. No, Kathe, you are not the only one. Candy, I love that color. I do need to come see it in person, don't I. BTW, my husband's family (Pittsburg + Chattanooga) says "y'all guys". Geez.

    1. Pittsburg, PA?? No way. And, yes, you (ya'll) need to come visit me soon. All ya'll. 8-)

  5. Looks great--you make chalk paint the same way I do..and I love it!

  6. So pretty!!
    I love the hardwares as well.
    Stain gave her a really nice aged look.

    Homemade chalk paint...once you tried it, then you don't wanna look back!! lol

    1. Ain't that the TRUTH!!! Thanks Sayuri.

  7. First, Thank you for commenting on my blog. Second, Who woulda thunk it!!! Using chalk paint (homemade, of course, to transform Formica. I have used a recipe using non-sanded grout on three tables. I was slow to accept it until the last table -heavily coated with yellowed varnish. I threw that paint on(two coats and sanding between) and waxed - I am a believer. Now I will give those Formica pieces a second look!
    Distressed Donna Down Home

    1. I totally agree. I keep waiting for the paint to peel off, or something like that. But, the finish is gorgeous....and tight.
      Thanks for coming by, Donna.

  8. looks really good. I use unsanded tile grout, i like the result as well.

    1. Thanks, Beth. I'll try that next time I mix up a new batch.

  9. very, very nice Candy. You make it look so easy.

    1. Only because it is, Patty. THANKS.

  10. Hey, Candy! Thanks for your comment over at Thrift Diving! I have been using Annie Sloan chalk paint lately, and although I like it and the lack of prep work involved, it's reeeaaally expensive and I reeeeaaallly don't wanna pay $40 a can!! I am seriously going to try to make my own! You've convince me, for sure! :)

    1. GREAT. Let me know how it works for ya. 8-)

  11. This is Gorgeous! Oh my goodness I am in LOVE with the finishing color! Great job, and thanks so much for the step by step!

    1. Thanks Venus!!! And, thanks for visiting. 8-)

  12. Hi Candy your little table looks great! I haven't tried mixing my own chalk paint yet guess I'm just too lazy lol. Thanks for stopping by my little blog. Have a great weekend

  13. Thanks Peggy............and Great Weekend BACKATCHA.

  14. Candy,
    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. Great tutorial! I love the finished color.

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  15. That looks great! You did a wonderful job. I love the color too. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Very pretty! I've been using minwax on top of my chalk paint also. I like it much better than the dark wax.

  17. I have used chalk paint but don't think it's worth the price tag! So I'll be trying out home made chalk paint. Your two lookers looked out really pretty, very much like the color and antiquing! Great job! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  19. I am still scared to use the paint on formica....I got a great table I want to finish because its the worst brown wood. Don't get me wrong, I love wood if stained the right color and what not. Anyway, what did you coat yours with after you painted and antiqued? I've heard wax? Also saw some comments from others about using wax. Will the wax wear off? I'm wanting to paint a dining table, including the table top (formica part). Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks for sharing your success!

  20. Brandy, The above directions are just as I did it. I painted with two coats of my homemade chalk paint, and after sanding, finished with the minwax. Minwax stain has a finish in it, which gives the piece a soft luster. If the item will get more wear, like your dining table probably will, you might use a couple coats of wax. That's all I do and I've never had a problem yet. But, then, if a bit of paint comes off, we're looking for that shabby look anyway, RIGHT? Hope this helps a little. Most all of my post are related to painting, so please go in and take a look. I usually give very detailed directions. THANKS for visiting.

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