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7 Steps to Chalk Painting on a Budget

7 Steps to Chalk Painting on a Budget

Jan 01, 2016


We absolutely love the look of furniture that has a chalky soft matte look and making something ugly into something beautiful. But when you do several pieces a month, the cost is just out of this world for high end chalk paints and most of all you are limited with your color choices.  A few years ago we started working on a formula that would give us the same results if not better than the $40 quart of chalk paint and finally we have a product worth telling the world about.  For about $15-17 (includes paint and powder) you can make a quart of chalky like paint any color you want!  That’s about a 60% savings and that adds up to be a good amount of money!  Here is a quick tutorial to get you started on a project!  If you are like me, just look around the house and I’m sure you will find something that needs a new look!

 Step One: Find your project piece

It can be anything from a picture frame to a dining room table to your kitchen cabinets.  The options are endless.

Step Two:  Pick your paint color

Lowes, Home Depot, or Sherwin Williams will have everything your heart could desire. At Pixie Dust Paints, we use only FLAT- ZERO VOC  paints and recommend that you do as well. Brands that we have tried and LOVED:

Olympic ICON(Now Called Assure)

Valspar Ultra

Behr Premium Plus

Step Three:  Mix the paint powder or add liquid Pixie

Mix your Paint and Pixie Dust Paint Powder/Liquid Pixie as instructed. We suggest using a mason jar to mix the paint powder first and then pour the paint into the jar and if using the Liquid Pixie you can add right to the paint!.  When finished, seal up the jar and save for use for another project!

TIP:  Mix a pint at a time. Use a quart mason jar and mix 1/4 c. of Pixie Dust, add 3-4 tablespoons of water, seal tightly and shake until it looks like milk.  Then add the paint half way up the quart Jar.  This will be enough paint for at least 2 pieces.  Take a sharpie marker and mark the date on the top and the paint color.  After about 3 months the paint will need to be thrown out as the chalk/clay will begin to absorb the paint and it will be a jar of clumps.