So I finally tried to make my own chalk paint. I went over to DesignDreams by Anne and used her chalk paint recipe. However, after I had already mixed it, I found out she wasn't satisfied with her mixture. I on the otherhand must have done something right, because my paint turned out perfect and stuck to the shelf like I had hoped. I only used my homemade chalk paint for a black base coat on this shelf.
I used my Union Blue Milk paint for a top coat.
In the bottom right pic you can see how the Milk Paint lightens up in color as it dries.
Here is the shelf before I waxed it with clear and dark wax.
I put a verse on the shelf using the Charcoal Method.
Finally I waxed it with clear and dark wax. I love how rich and deep the blue looks with the wax. I had a hard time photographing the shelf, but I was able to capture the true color in two shots below.
As far as making my own chalk paint, I think I like Annie Sloans better :) I do like the fact that I can make my own chalk paint--it was just a little lumpy.
This is another piece that will be sold at my sale.