I covet the multitude of plastic paints available in the United States- and I am not ashamed to admit it. Well a little. But still. Never the less, coveting the paint won’t make it come here, so I am getting over it. After my initial disappointment I went back to the drawing board to see if there was another way to paint plastic. And lo and behold – THERE IS. Chalk paint. Hurray. Bad news, Chalk Paint also does not exist here in Israel.
Good news – you can make your own. After a few trials and errors, remember Israeli paint does not have the same chemical makeup as American brands, I arrived at a DIY CHALK PAINT RECIPE. The first ever in this country!
(as far as I know)
Here is the table with one coat on top.
Then I lightly sanded it (wearing a mask of course,) because all good DIY-er’s have a little OCD (as in ahhh I have chalk in my lungs now I will keel over and pass out from lack of oxygen – you can take it from there)
After that I put on a coat of oil based paint for metal and wood – green rekoah. I love that color. I was trying to go for the malachite look that was very popular this year.
This, as you can well see, is not mine. It is from Little Green Notebook, a blog I like a lot. I tried a different technique though that looked really easy – yes, yes, you would think I would have learned by now,
But it wasn’t really that easy. Or maybe the problem is substitution. Sometimes, when I am baking for example, the recipe will call for vanilla, but I won’t have vanilla – no problem, I just won’t add it. And if I don’t have applesauce I’ll use orange juice instead. Are you seeing where I am going with this? Substitution, until you end up with a mock apple pie, made completely out of Ritz crackers. Remember that one?
Second attempt was better. And the table has held up beautifully. Although this is a time consuming project, it is worth it. The paint is not expensive and goes a long long way.
I am now in the process of painting all the chairs to match. Bottom line, this is a worthwhile project.