I was telling you in the post "Craigslist Dining Table: Before & After" that I will come back with more about using Gesso as a substitute for chalk paint.
How did it start? I wanted the chalky appearance for some furniture pieces I wanted to refinish( one of them as you already know is the Craigslist dining table find).
I looked "chalk paint" on the Internet and I found Anne Sloane chalk paint. Because of the price, shipping etc, I didn't want to try it.
My next step: do more research about DIY chalk paint recipes and find out how can I get the same look but at a cheaper price? So here's what I found out:
Sherry @ No Minimalist Here uses a mix of latex paint with either Calcium Carbonate, plaster of Paris or whiting powder; you can see the post here.
Liz Marie @ Liz Marie Blog uses un-sanded grout and flat paint in her homemade chalk paint.
First thought was that chalk is a main ingredient in chalk paint( dah!), but also in the gesso I use as a primer on my acrylic paintings.
So I decided to use only gesso, a blob of black acrylic paint( to get the grey color) and a little bit of water. I chose Stevenson gesso( bought at Opus store) because it has a bit more "tooth" to it.
What I liked:
So far, I'm more than happy with my choice of using gesso as a chalk paint to refinish furniture!
If you want to read more about pros and cons of using ASCP, you should head to "Altar'd Designs" blog where Mandie wrote this post: "The 411 on Chalk Paint".
What do you use as chalk paint?