Often when I'm antiquing I just add a top coat of a dark wood stain or glaze. Then wipe away the excess- leaving behind traces of brown. I tried using this staining technique on some wood that I had painted with chalk paint and the paint sucked it up the glaze so fast I couldn't wipe off the excess- I had to start over and repaint the piece!- So- make sure you use a layer of clear wax before adding the dark brown wax.
I was so excited about chalk paint I wanted to get more- but it is about $35 a quart- pricey.
So, I did what all good crafter/ thrifters do and I looked on the web for a recipe.... and I found one that worked!
I know these recipes say they are for chalkboard paint- but the paint looked really good on the metal I painted. These are the recipes I tested here. You do need to stir these mixtures very well. I painted some samples and the results looked very similar to the expensive chalk paint. This paint didn't store well- so just mix up what you need for the day.
To purchase my ingredients I went to habitat for humanity restore and bought Sherwin Williams latex paint for $1.50 a quart in some great colors! I also used keracolor-U unsanded grout with polymer from Lowes. The chalk paint is supposed to be thick (kind of like thick cake batter)- so if your recipe turns out too thin just add a bit more grout- if your recipe is too thick add some water.
Here are the steps for a nice finish:
Clean your wood
Paint with chalk paint
Cover with a clear wax
Antique with a dark wax
Buff and & enjoy
I wonder if I can make my own dark brown wax by mixing paint with clear minwax?
I wonder if I can use wood stain to antique a piece if I just use clear wax over the chalk paint first?
I wonder what would happen if I painted my bathroom cabinets in this duck egg color ?
3/2012- If your unsanded grout is lumpy you may even want to sift it before adding the other ingredients- this will eliminate white lumps and clumps in your finished project.