Chalk Paint Recipe

How do I add Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder to my Acrylic Paint?

With our Chalk Paint Recipe you can mix just the amount of paint you need- no waste!

We only recommend blending our Chalk Paint Powder with our favourite eColour, British Paints and Taubmans Acrylic brands in Matte, Low Sheet and Satin, all available in thousands of colours!   Although originally testing with Australia’s favourite paint “Dulux”, due their new recipe, our fabulous natural Chalk Paint Powder WILL NOT  MIX with Dulux Paints!

Marilyn’s regular bag of Chalk Paint Powder contains 60 grams which makes one litre of chalk paint!  Simply add 15 grams to each 250 mls of Paint……….. add the whole bag to one litre of paint & so on & so forth!  Add water to the powder, heat in the microwave, add to your acrylic paint and shake, shake, shake. Pretty simple eh?

To Make 250 mls of Chalk Paint

In a 500 ml microwave plastic jug (bit larger than an icy cold G&T on a hot summer’s day!) you will add 30 mls of water & 15 grams of Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder (you’ve got to be pretty damn accurate here!).  Give it a good mix (we use a plastic chopstick) & pop your jug into the microwave with a doubled scots towel on top & zap for 4 minutes on “Low” (60 – 65C max). Using your trusty chopstick give it a good stir and add your Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder brew straight into your acrylic paint!  Stir, stir, shake, shake & hey presto, 250 mls of luscious, thick, creamy, smooth Chalk Paint is ready to use!  Clean all equipment used in warm soapy water straight away!

To make 500 mls of Chalk Paint

In a 500 ml microwave plastic jug (bit larger than an icy cold G&T on a hot summer’s day!) you will add 60 mls of water & 30 grams of Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder (you’ve got to be pretty damn accurate here!), you will add 60 mls of water & 30 grams of Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder (you’re still being pretty damn accurate!).  Give it a good mix (we use a plastic chopstick) & pop your  jug into the microwave with a doubled scots towel on top & zap for 5 minutes on “Low” (60 – 65C max). Using your trusty chopstick give it a good stir and add your Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder brew straight into your  acrylic paint!  Stir, stir, shake, shake & hey presto, 500 mls  of luscious, thick, creamy, smooth Chalk Paint is ready to use!  Clean all equipment used in warm soapy water straight away!

To make one litre of Chalk Paint

In a 500 ml microwave plastic jug (bit larger than an icy cold G&T on a hot summer’s day!) you will add 120 of water & 60 grams of Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder (you’ve got to be pretty damn accurate here!).  Give it a good mix (we use a plastic chopstick) & pop your jug into the microwave with a doubled scots towel on top & zap for 6 minutes on “Low” (60 – 65C max).   Using your trusty chopstick give it a good stir and add your Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder brew straight into your paint!  Stir, stir, shake, shake & hey presto, one litre of luscious, thick, creamy, smooth Chalk Paint is ready to use! Clean all equipment used in warm soapy water straight away!

For larger quantities of Chalk Paint we suggest, that just like us, you mix one litre at a time!

The heating will dissolve some of the eco friendly (very) ingredients so please ensure there are no small clear balls after heating!

How do I paint furniture?

Painting furniture using Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder is much easier than you think, especially with an acrylic paint blended with our Chalk Paint Powder.  Chalk Paint is a wonderful product that eliminates the need for priming or sanding, so you can get right down to the good stuff; transforming your furniture (walls, floors, kitchen cupboards and anything else!).  Once the powder is added to your acrylic paint it becomes thick and luscious which can be used to texturise the finish, or you can sand for a silky smooth finish, you can thin the paint out with warm water to create a “wash”!

So, let’s get cracking!  Clean your decorator item with warm soapy water using household steel wool to remove all the old grease & grime.  If you are painting a piece with old cracked/peeling paint, we are so sorry, as you may have to give it a rough sand to ensure an even finish.  Allow to dry completely before chalk painting.

Prepare your desired volume Chalk Paint as detailed above. 

Once Marilyn’s Chalk Paint Powder is mixed thoroughly with your Acrylic Paint, using a good quality brush or roller for floors and walls, apply one coat. Allow paint to dry (as per manufacturer’s instructions). Apply second and third coat, if needed, and allow to dry again. If necessary, give your piece a light sand with a piece of fine sand paper to give a silky smooth finish.  There are a number of Chalk Painting Techniques listed below to get you in the mood and started! 

Remember, you are not limited to just timber – use our Chalk Paint on virtually any product inside & out, although we recommend painting the inside or underside of glass.  If you are unsure how the paint will go on a particular finish, please email us at info@chalkpaintpowder.com.au

Clean all your painting equipment in warm soapy water straight away!  Do not allow to dry due to the adhesive quality of our Chalk Paint!

 

Waxing Furniture

We are absolutely head over heels for waxed furniture!  Wax is one of the easiest ways to achieve a beautiful finish without professional tools and equipment.  As far as the different types of waxes, we use, stock and recommend proudly Australian made U-Beaut Traditional Wax because it’s 100% natural (you can eat off it – well, should you want to?), easy to apply and it’s smooth as butter.  Plus, we love the colour options you can use for an Aged or Industrial look.

What you’ll need

U-Beaut Traditional Neutral Wax (or a SOFT clear wax), brush (optional) and clean lint free rag or t-shirt

Wax should be applied in a thin, even coat with a flat ended soft brush (to get into all the nooks & crannies) or a lint-free cloth. Apply sparingly. Always use less wax than you think is needed. It is best to apply several thin layers than one heavy layer. Wipe away excess. After 2 – 4 hours, the surface should then be thoroughly buffed with a dry cloth or finishing pad. For more sheen, simply add another thin layer and buff, buff, buff!.

Your painted, waxed project requires approximately 5 to 10 days (depending on humidity and temperature) to fully cure. Freshly waxed surfaces should be kept free of moisture and heavy use for about a week or so. For continued shine and protection, re-apply the clear wax every 6-12 months under normal conditions.

How do I achieve an aged look with wax?

U-Beaut Traditional Walnut wax is used to achieve an Aged or Industrial look. Apply sparingly with a soft brush or lint free cloth working in small areas (say 6cm x 6cm).  As you apply your Walnut wax, immediately wipe the area with Neutral Wax which will clean off the excess Walnut wax leaving an “aged” look on your project. Wipe away any excess Neutral wax and complete your project the same way you would using the Neutral wax (above)

Quick Wax Tip – apply wax sparingly ensuring all areas are evenly covered.

Ah, we know what you are thinking! You’re thinking, none of this hard waxing yakka for me – I’m going to use an acrylic or oil based sealer – Can you?

On whites and white based cream Chalk Paint we ONLY recommend our Marilyn’s Clear Hard Surface Sealer Sealer (an eColour product which is non-toxic and 100% environmentally friendly) drying with a soft sheen and not altering the colour of your paint.

We only recommend this product as 99.9% of sealers available are designed for timber, 99.9% of sealers have a yellow tint which is great if you are using it on timber but we’re sure it’s not really the look you are trying to achieve on your beautiful new white decorator item?  (PS, if you know of the 0.01% that leaves a truly clear finish when painted over white, please let us know, coz we were going broke testing them!)

On deeper creams and darker colours where you think a yellow tint will not affect the colour of your finished item, feel free to use any sealer you choose, although to avoid disappointment, we do suggest doing a test sample first to make sure.

We highly recommend reading our “FAQ’s” page as well!

Get your creative juices started, please refer to our Chalk Paint Techniques Page

To finish off, all we can say is “have fun, be adventurous and bold!”

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