Alrighty fellow DIY lovers, if you are anything like myself (I assume you are or you would not be reading this very blog post) you have likely figured out just how amazing yet ridiculously expensive chalk paint can get. I too had a very rude awakening when taking on my first projects. They turned out to be anything but Shabby Cheap!
The numerous trial and error pieces all said the same thing to me while sitting a hot mess of paint and regret.,.. “I’m wasted money!” I’m sorry but no one who themed an entire blog on how to be cheap likes to be haunted by the sound of cold hard cash being flushed. So... still assuming of course, I took to the internet hoping to find a way to fix what I had done without the added heartache of another wasted gallon of paint. What I found was the easiest recipe and I’m sure most of us have what we need right now. Are you ready for this crazy game changing chalk making additive!?
Welcome to a very cheap website..!
First let me say I’m happy you landed here on my DIY blog! If you are anything like myself, you are most likely looking for some quick advice, recipe, or even a step by step guide on an awesome project you want to recreate? Well I believe you are in the right spot my friend!
I have a passion for arts and crafts, and when I first started getting into making craft projects, I soon realized that it can become expensive! Like quickly! You see this cute little Pinterest post and you are thinking you can own that piece of furniture, or make that journal no problem! Only to soon realize halfway through your list at the crafts store that this stuff really adds up! Me too friends... me too.
Well I’m pleased to say I have been in that spot where I’m up to my elbows in paint and glue with $5 left in your pocket and suddenly I realize...
I’m out of sanding paper.🤯🤦♀️
What I found:
Base coat seemed to thicken a lot quicker and be more gritty while applying and the enamel was almost the polar opposite. It took a little more baking soda, stayed a lot thinner and was less gritty. Some thing I have found say you don’t need to sand after, I personally take 400 grit and get it just slightly damp and sand off some of the grit. Seal with wax or your choice of sealer and bam! You just made your own chalk paint masterpiece for $2.00!!
Now that my friends is Shabby Cheap!!
A “very cheap” DIY Blog
That’s why I’m here today! To pass on the bits of knowledge I wish someone had shown me! How to actually create these awesome DIY projects without spending tons of money to do so, because that’s why we do this right!?
I have tested quite a few theories and some have really been awesome money saving alternatives and others... well we won’t speak of those other times because we are perfect and we only make Pinterest perfect stuff around here! Just kidding guys calm down.
Now let’s get into some examples shall we?!
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Make your own chalk paint for a fraction of the price!
🤯Baking soda! 🤯
No there isn’t a list of crazy ingredients or hidden steps that I have not mentioned. That’s it baking soda + paint = chalk paint, well the look and feel. Now I will warn you, the mixture will make the paint gritty. Make sure you mix it very very well and don’t allow it to sit to long or you may have to stir again. I feel it’s what painting with hummus would be like.
Now I wish to express that this method is not the only option, and there are also different opinions on what paint to uses well as. So I tested it out a bit, I tried a base coat paint, a med base and a two in one enamel . A few of the recipes I have come across mention using latex paint, I however am a rebel and wanted to live on the edge! No it was because we had picked up the paint at Home Depot for 50 cents a piece, and with the baking soda costing a mere $1.50, I wasn’t going to lose sleep over this.