I've wanted to paint the oak cabinets in my kitchen and bathrooms for a couple years now, but I hadn't wanted to do all the required prep work - specifically sanding away the previous finish. So I was thrilled to discover that chalk paint can be used on any virtually any surface without any prep work! WAHOO!
Chalk paint is expensive however. Over $40 per quart. But during my research, I read that you could make your own chalk paint by mixing plaster of paris in with the paint. So this is what I tried. I started with a bathroom cabinet and medicine cabinet. Gotta figure out the details of the stuff and get practice before taking on my whole kitchen!
Lesson: Don't mix up more paint that what you can use in one setting / painting session.
Lesson: If the paint gets clumpy and you can't mix it smooth again, toss it and make more.
Next step: Antiquing glaze. I used black glaze over the paint. Waxing the piece is probably the cool thing to do. But the thought of having to do that twice per year doesn't appeal to me, so I glazed it!
I don't really expect the medicine cabinet to last long. But I had to paint it. It was too ugly in it's fake wood state. So, when this one gets all scratched, I will have an excuse to get a new one. :)
I look forward to using the paint again. The next project will probably be that big white cabinet, behind the door that you see in the mirror picture. I've got big plans for that one. Now to just find some time.....
Let me know what you think! Have you tried chalk paint?