If you have been with me on the counter top redo you will remember the disastrous Rustoleum review. I had few options after the made for counters paint ruined mine. Our budget does not allow for installing new, and tiles etc were more tedious than I had time for right now.
This is what I had ended up with, constant chipping,
and those ugly bubbles.
I had to stick with paint for the time being, I decided to give a home made chalk paint a try, why? It is thick, goes on even and can be touched up and blends, unlike the Rustoleum product. Regular paint probably would have been fine if it had been a semi gloss or gloss finish, but just for you I did it wrong so you could learn from me! I actually love the chalk texture and finish but.....it stained some, coffee etc would stain if not immediately cleaned, I think because of the grout added. But...it did not chip and it looked great! so.....
first step- making the chalk paint. Mix plaster of paris with enough water for a soft paint like consistency.
Plaster amount I used- eyeballed, no formula- sorry that's how I roll.
|Looking at these photos should give you idea amounts.|
I first covered the existing Rustoleum paint with 123 primer, then coated with the home made chalk paint.
Since the first coat stained I later did a second coat, then sealed it with clear poly urethane. The whole process took far less time than the first disaster and is holding up much better. For now, this will do. As I said I use a lot of cutting boards anyway so I am not worried about food touching the surface.
Poly urethane stinks so air your house out, still not as potent as the Rustoleum. 24 hours later I was rockin the kitchen again!
Much better! No nicks, chips or bubbles!
blessings and thanks for visiting