Here's the tea cart before. It was in pretty good shape, but it needed to be white.
You can see the lacquery finish here. It's like a mirror!
Here are the supplies I used to make homemade chalk paint. The formula according to multiple online sources is 2/3 cup flat latex paint to 1/3 cup baking soda and 2 tbs. water. Because I had already ruined my cheap measuring cups with my guest room project, I just eyeballed it this time. I added water until it felt like the right consistency. It helped that I've used ASCP, but I don't think that matters much. I mixed it all up in a plastic take-out container (we have a lot of these thanks to the Pho from our local Vietnamese restaurant!).
Here are my thoughts on homemade chalk paint:
- drying time was a little slower than the real thing
- dried a lot grittier, but that sanded off fairly easily
- brush strokes were a little more visible
- coverage was similar- I didn't need to sand or prime! However, I think the real thing does a better job with bleed through. I definitely had some bleed through on this piece so there are some brownish stains that came through even after three coats of paint. Since I was distressing the piece anyway it wasn't a big deal, but I don't think that would have happened with ASCP.
Overall, I definitely prefer ASCP, but for a quick project I could see myself using a diy version again, either with baking soda or one of the others. How cute is this little tea cart now though?? I love it so much and can't wait to put it to use for the party! Now, if someone could just come over and join me for some lemon water... my 3 year old says it's "yucky!" :)
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