Making your own chalk paint

I couldn't find the right sconces for a project.  I wanted them architecturally interesting, an old looking patina and a great Swedish feel.  All I could find was these black and gilded wood sconces. They just weren't right for my clients project.


Making your own chalk paint is simple.

1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris
1/3 cup of water
1/2-3/4 cup of acrylic paint

Mix well and add more water or plaster
to get the desired consistency

Then I added some Benjamin Moore Crisp Linen sparingly over the base coat.  I did not want to cover the base coat completely. I added just enough of the second coat to give the sconces some dimension.

I used one of my homemade chalk paints. I selected Benjamin Moore Vintage Pewter as my base.

Finally, I brushed the sconces with a light coat of dark wax. Be careful not to put too much on your brush!  Lightly drag your brush over the surface and wipe off any excess. The wax seals the paint and gives the sconces an aged finish. Voila!