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Talking Chalk Paint 

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Hi Everyone, Like Lorraine in London,  In Dubai, we are again heading for COVID restrictions again and my wings have been clipped unable to scoot around town as I’m used to. Heading into Autumn now, home projects are more the order of the day so while Lorraine is busy buying rugs for her new home in the UK, for me its an opportunity to get down to some things on my list.

Our villa is not what you would call small, but we were over the years a big extended family with lots of visitors. But now with George and James my sons having both left for boarding school and University, we need to start thinking about possibly downsizing.  So I need to be ruthless when it comes to the furniture I have. What do I reduce, reuse and recycle?  When Lorraine relocated to London from Dubai it reminded me of what a nightmare the moving process was.

But for me, it’s a crime to throw out furniture when you can repurpose it so easily. Gone are the days where you need to strip off the old paint and sand down your dresser, then prime it with undercoat before you even start. That would be exhausting and more than enough to put me off. With the advent of chalk paint, you can pretty much paint anything. It sticks to any surface, glass, wood, plastic or metal. No preparation required. So you can paint walls ( use black in a child room for an actual chalkboard effect that you can wipe chalk off!) furniture, light fittings, kitchen cabinets anything.

Chalk Paint essentially is just about adding a fine granular powder to latex paint or emulsion. Once done you can distress it quite easily to make it look more shabby chic or aged if you wish and it dries really well.

But chalk paint can be expensive and branded versions like Annie Sloan can set you back for even a small tin. And although Annie Sloan has the most amazing colours, making your own, using the exact colour paint that you want personally is a great alternative.


There are a variety of recipes to make it but this one is the one that has always worked for me.

1/3 cup –  Plaster of Paris – extremely cheap and can get it in ace hardware

1/3 cup – Room temperature water

1 cup of emulsion/latex paint the colour of your choice


A bucket to mix it and a paintbrush

A pot of wax to finish


Make it in small batches as it doesn’t keep well.

Mix the water with the plaster of pairs to a loose paste

Mix the paste into the emulsion

Use layers to build up the colour if the surface is super shiny. Use brush strokes for a pattern.


Be sure to use masking tape to cover handles before you start. And when it’s completely dry you can either distress is with some sandpaper to make it look worn, or go over it with a soft cloth and wax to give it a lustre.

It couldn’t be simpler and you can do it in a couple of hours.

If you liked the blog on Talking Chalk Paint then look out for my video transforming an old Pinkys wooden chair into a lovely shabby chic lavender bedroom chair. on

Here are some other pieces I’ve transformed.


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