Ok, if you don't know what chalk paint is that's ok. It's a product that's gaining a lot of steam in the world of painted furniture. Upside-you don't have to prime before applying the product (among other things). Downside-it's around $40+ a quart. You read that right...$40+ a quart. As much as I love the look, I simply cannot bring myself to pay that much for paint. I've tried to find ways to justify the price in my head, & it just wasn't happening.
When I found quite a few people were making their own versions of chalk paint at home using things like grout, plaster of paris, & calcium carbonate I mulled the idea around in my head for a couple weeks. While I'm all for trying new things, I didn't want to end up with a hot mess of funky, lumpy paint that was a giant case of fail. Who knows what got into me this afternoon, but armed with hot water, a small cup, some grout I had in my garage, & a neutral paint color that was hanging out waiting to be used for something, I embarked on a quick test at DIY chalk paint.
After my first attempt...I realized I not only loved the look, but I wanted to use that color for a large piece of furniture that I'm about to start working on. I looked down at my cup and realized I had done about a 3:1 paint to grout ratio...but forgot how much water I'd used. D'oh. Being stubborn, I attempted to get the exact same color/texture/finished look after being applied with 3 other little cups, to no avail.
What's the lesson I learned this afternoon? Even if you're experimenting with something for the very first time...write down what the heck you used. You may end up with something you love & want to use it again.
And yes, once I have some homemade chalk paint masterpieces, I will post photos.