Sara’s Stunning Favorites: Spruce Up Your Home for Spring With Chalk Paint

Bring a bright burst of color to furniture — even fabric!


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The mild weather we’ve been having these past couple of weeks has me thinking about projects for spring. Last summer a friend told me about chalk paint. This versatile product lets you add a fresh wash of color to almost any finish, with no primer required. There are tons of beautiful colors to choose from, and for those DIY people out there, I’m told you can even make it yourself, though I haven’t had the chance to try it yet!

Here’s an easy at-home paint recipe, along with a few ideas for inspiration:



Recipe For Home-Made Chalk Paint

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  • Add 1 tablespoon of Plaster of Paris to 1 cup of paint (make sure to stir the Plaster of Paris well before using, to break up any clumps)
  • Slowly add 1/4 cup hot water to the paint/Plaster of Paris mixture and stir well until smooth

You’ll have a beautiful matte-finish paint that is perfect for distressing/antiquing furniture or other pieces. Its texture is thin enough so that deep wood grain will show through. After you’ve finished painting, wait until the surface is completely dry, then lightly sand the edges with a fine sandpaper to distress. You can seal the paint with a finishing wax if you like.

Use Chalk Paint to Bring New Life to Old Furniture

Ugly Duckling 1

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 A fresh exterior and some new hardware can bestow swan status on almost any ugly duckling.

You Can Even Use Chalk Paint on Upholstery!

Ugly duckling 2

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If you’ve got an old chair that’s destined for the scrap heap, chalk paint just might give it a second chance. Just use a fabric medium like this one to soften up the material as you go along.

I hope these ideas provide you with as much inspiration as they do for me! If you’ve done some chalk paint projects in your home, we’d love to see them — please be sure to share them with us!