Over the past couple months, we have been trying to complete one room at a time. Our living room is finished (minus some slight color changes coming up), the bathroom looks awesome, our final rooms are the bedrooms, my office and the kitchen. We started on Sofia’s first but hers mainly needed a little organizing via a bookcase and a dresser. I cannot tell you how hard it was to find a dresser that was roomy enough and that she actually liked. So, we compromised. I bought the dresser, on sale, unfinished and she got to pick out the color. Lucky for me, she picked the sane color as her bookcase, but I wanted to give her dresser a more matte finish.
I had seen chalk finish paint, and loved the texture and the contrast it gave to furniture, so I grabbed my easy instructions from Lowe’s and mixed up a batch of chalk finish paint in Raspberry Tart to finish up my daughter’s room. Here is the super easy way I did it.
Chalk Finish Paint
- Valspar Signature latex flat paint or latex paint with built-in primer (I used Raspberry Tart)
- Plastic paint buckets
- Stir sticks
- Plaster of Paris
- Plastic measuring cups (do not reuse for food)
- Water (use cool, not warm)
- Mix 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris with 1/3 cup cold water in a mixing cup;
- Stir until completely smooth.
- Mix with one cup latex paint and stir completely.
- Makes enough chalk finish paint for one coat for a 6-drawer dresser. Should not be stored and reused. For smaller projects, mix less using these proportions. Nontoxic; to dispose, let dry completely in the container before disposing in trash.
Using the super easy formula above, I was able to mix up the perfect chalk finish paint for my girl’s dresser. I applied three coats and had to make just a tiny bit more than the formula calls for. I then used a Paste Wax to seal in the paint. I love the end product and even more so, the fact that my daughter’s room is now DONE. Well, for a couple years anyway!