See this little red toolbox? It has a new paint job.
Before I painted it, it had a light brown stain. I don’t have a “before” picture, but use your imagination. It was just a typical handmade tool box before I rescued it.
I didn’t paint it for a few months because I couldn’t decide on a color. But after seeing another blogger’s red tool box, I knew what color it would be.
Luckily, my sister-in-law wanted to paint a chest in her guest room red. We both wanted to try painting with chalk paint. I have some chalk paint that I won in a giveaway from Linda at Coastal Charm, but I didn’t have any red.
So I pretty much followed Sherry’s and Becca’s directions and mixed 1/2 cup of Plaster of Paris with 1/2 cup hot water. Then I added 1 1/2 cups of flat latex paint. The shade I started with was Silk Lining by Valspar.
Here’s the tool box after one coat of our homemade chalk paint. The paint had a very chalky look to it and was lighter in color than we wanted. So if you decide to create some of your own chalk paint, take into consideration that the Plaster of Paris is going to lighten your paint. So to darken it we added some Red Clay craft paint. That wasn’t the color we wanted either, so we added a lot of red semi-gloss paint that Jean already had.
I love my little red tool box!
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