I first started painting with chalk paint about 5 years ago. At that time we were doing some remodeling and working with a decorator. We had one piece of furniture that had sentimental value to my husband, with the 1960s antiquing job didn’t fit into the new decor. The decorator suggested painting it with chalk paint. I had never heard of chalk paint and staring doing some internet research. At that time, Anne Sloan was “THE” chalk paint to use, but it wasn’t available to purchase locally and the online prices seemed very high to me. However during my research, I found a recipe for making my own chalk paint using latex paint and plaster of paris. I’ve been using that recipe with success since then.
Fast forward to last month, when I received a free package of Poppies Paint Powder to try [Note here: while I received the free product to try I was not obligated to write any sort of review and I have received no compensation for this review. The opinions stated herein are based solely on my, and my husband’s, personal experience with Poppie’s Paint Powder.]
Frankly I was skeptical that there was much difference between the various “additives” currently on the market for making your own chalk paint. I was wrong!!!
I love this product. It is far better to my plaster of paris recipe for the following reasons:
- the powder mixes easier with the latex paint
- the final mixture is smoother (less chunks) then when I’ve mixed with plaster of paris
- because the paint is smoother, I have less issues with brush strokes showing than with the plaster of paris- this also means less sanding
- you can save unused paint (the company claims that the paint will save over 2 years)- this is a big plus- while I’ve been able to save the plaster of paris chalk paint a day or so, allowing me to mix paint on Friday and still use the leftovers on Sunday- we mixed a batch of the Poppies Paint and was still able to use the leftovers 3 weeks later- I could never do this with the plaster of paris
Poppies is more expensive than using plaster of paris but it is still significantly less expensive than buying pre-made chalk paint (1 $14 box of powder will make 1 qt of paint). It’s easy to use: To make one cup of paint (which is plenty for most furniture projects), mix 1/4c of Poppies Powder with 2 TBSP of warm water and 1 cup of latex or acrylic paint.
For me, the biggest of advantage of making my own chalk paint is the ability to use latex paint that I already have around the house along with the ability to make small batches. Of course, with Poppies I can now make bigger batches if I want, without worries that I will be wasting the unused paint.
Again, I get nothing if you order, but if you choose, you can learn more about Poppies Powder and order yours at www.poppiespaintpowder.com