Monday, January 28, 2013

I've always thought of myself as someone who likes to try new things, but lately I've noticed that I pretty much use the same thing over and over.  Like good old regular latex paint, I like the stuff, we work well together.  Oh and I L.O.V.E milk paint, but it's somewhat pricey so I save it for those creme de la creme pieces.

Now paint with calcium carbonate on the other hand.  I've never used, until now.  Take this sad little vintage table...

Mix in a little chalk paint to get this.

I literally used a small sample pot to do this entire table and had a teeny tiny bit left over that I'm sure will cover a sign.  I can see what all the hype is about, it's easy to use and covers like you wouldn't believe.  

Although, it doesn't make me want to turn my back on regular latex and milk paint.  I'm sure I'll use them all from time to time.  What's your take on all the choices out there in paint these days?  Which would you choose?  Tell me, I'd love to know!
  1. Milk Paint
  2. Latex Paint
  3. Chalk Paint (Annie Sloan or CeCe Caldwell)

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  1. The chalk paint is so easy to use. I love the almost no-prepping aspect of it but it is quite pricey. I don't paint near as much as you do but I have to say I like the ease of the chalk paint. Haven't tried milk paint yet, but would like to. And you can't be regular old latex for color options. Your table turned out great! I'm going to have to try your idea of just buying the sample pot for a few small projects.

  2. Love Love this table..and I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I have purchased way more than I probably should, but I have recently experimented making my own. Mixed 1 slightly heaping Tablespoon of unsanded grout with 1 cup of latex..add a little warm water til you get the consistency you like..works wonderfully! Drying time is amazing! I've used baking soda as well but it was way gritty when it dried...sanded down okay though. I wish I could paint signs like you do...I love your work! I really look forward to seeing your next post. Thank you!

  3. In my book, certain pieces and certain applications cry out for different paints.

    Is the dresser going in a child's room and get lots of wear and tear? Then chalk paints with several coats of wax and maybe poly on top.

    A china cabinet in a dining room - then maybe chalk paint and wax.

    Often times too, the piece itself determines the paint. Having the experience in each paint type helps the painter chose the best paint for the piece,

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
    Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com (for portfolio of chalk painted work)

  4. I guess latex and I never had a good relationship to begin with, so I'm stuck on chalk paint and recently milk paint.


  5. Oh. Can of worms. lol! I bet you will be spoiled now ;) I did the make your own and thought it was fine until I used Maison Blanche. Then, I was spoiled. So nice not to deal with the mixing and all the sending I had to do. Just a serious time saver and the results are gorgeous. Latex has it's place, on my walls :) But it's Maison Blanche from here on out for my porjects. Velvety and easy. I'm sold. (It's the lazy in me)

  6. Depends on the color...but I always use either milk or chalk on furniture. It's just so easy. Love this table. A coat of paint made all the difference!
    Hope you are doing well. Life is crazy here.


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