Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chalex, Huh?

You may be asking yourself “What in the world is chalex?”  Well, my friends, I will show you…

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Or maybe this would better explain it…
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It all started when I chose Sherwin Williams Turquish for a custom desk.  This was one of the those colors that looked amazing on the chip but was whoa bright in the can.  I found myself looking around for something to mix with it to tone it down when I spotted the Aubusson Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on my shelf.  Then I thought…can you mix latex and chalk paint?  Hmmm…the answer is YES!

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Using a 50/50 ratio, it mixed quite easily and the coverage and dry times were comparable to chalk paint.  The same went for distressing and waxing {the color deepens just like chalk paint}.  How exciting, right? 

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So, in the spirit of celebrity name fusion {you know, Brangelina, Tomkat, Billary, Kimye}, I give you chalex.  Catchy, huh?  So, feel free to spread the word of the newest couple in town…chalex {chalk paint + latex}.  Have you created a chalex color? 

29 comments:

  1. Now there's a thought! Just broadened the color options and helped reduce the price of chalk paint! My wheels are turning...

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    1. Cyndi-It will be hard for me to paint with pure chalk paint now that I know this works!

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    2. Mine too! I bought a ton of 8 oz valspar samples last night and have been mixing my own colors already. So excited! Thanks Cindy! - PS love your blog and tutorials!

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  2. Now I told you what a smart girl you are on the white dresser post...but this is a revelation! I have plenty of both paints on hand what a great way to use them. Yep...my thinking cap is on too!

    Have a great day!
    June

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    1. June-Aren't the endless options amazing? You know, a girl always needs options...

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  3. Anonymous1/30/2013

    OK, this is too funny. About three weeks ago I used ASPC for the first time on a little side table in my Dining Rm. Loved the way I didn't need to sand or prime, & loved the rustic look of the finished product. Then about a week later I was painting a coffee table & bookshelf. I had only bought sample pots from AS so I knew I didn't have enough, plus I was also trying to use a beautiful gray satin latex I had already had on hand. I googled around trying to find out if anyone had successfully mixed chalk paint with latex, couldn't find anything, so just went with conventional primer & latex paint. I wish I'd known this a few weeks earlier! But I will know for the future! This is a great way to mix custom colors AND to stretch the EXPENSIVE chalk paint! Thanks!!!

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    1. Hate that I posted AFTER your project but glad you found me. :) Thanks for reading!

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  4. Anonymous1/30/2013

    Was this piece stained & varnished before you painted it? Did you sand & prime? Just trying to figure out if the chalex mixture will adhere to a shiny surface w/out priming or sanding as well as the 100% chalk paint?

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    1. The piece was originally stained and sealed with thick layers of polyurethane. I gave it a quick sanding with 100 grit sandpaper, wiped it down, and painted. No primer and no issues with adhesion or bleed through.

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  5. Anonymous1/30/2013

    Yes, I have done this! On my bed. Worked like a charm. And I love your desk. :)

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  6. oddy 421/30/2013

    hi i live in Great Briton, sorry if i sound dim,but when you say latex is that what we call oil based paints? i have just started with anne sloane and love it,i think a little cheaper here but my other half is a painter and has lots of oil paint left over,love your blogs and vidioe,s on youtube. Thanks Jennie

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    1. Hi Jennie! No, latex is a water-based paint. Oil based paint is quite different and I would imagine wouldn't give the same results but you could always try! Thanks for reading.

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  7. Excellent - thanks for posting this. I've been stalled on finishing a project because I want to paint the inside drawers with my latex paint but like the way the chalk paint looks on the outside (is my first chalk paint project!) I think i used too much chalk paint because mine surely didn't stretch as far as others have said. So now I think I will mix this to do the inside!

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  8. Sherri2/01/2013

    I have tried a mixture before and applied to a pine lacquered table base....which then came off when I waxed. I think it is hit or miss with the adhesion. Might be wise to do a test spot on a hidden place to see if it works for that specific piece.

    I don't find chalk paint, Annie Sloan's anyway, to be so expensive. There are so many capabilities with it and it is easily diluted if you don't like the thickness of it. The time you save not having to remove and prime the old finish is worth its weight in gold.

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  9. I've made "chalex" many of times and love it!! Super pretty color you made up!

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  10. Anonymous2/01/2013

    I bought Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in Paris Gray to paint the buffet in my dining room. After I put on the first coat I realized if was too similar to my wall color and sort of disappeared. I live 45 minutes away from my stockist and wanted it done soon. I went in my garage and found some black latex paint. I mixed the 2 and it came out great! I was worried but I've had no problems.

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  11. Anonymous2/05/2013

    Yes! I've done a chalex -- ASCP Graphite + black latex (about 2/3 chalk paint to 1/3 latex, well, maybe a little more latex than that but less than half and half). I painted two wood end tables two light coats. Then I dark waxed the heck out of them, and they are the most beautiful rich black color! My experience was like yours, they dried like chalk paint and took the wax beautifully. -- Min

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  12. This is beautiful!!

    We are hosting a link party that goes live tonight! We would like to invite you to link up and share this with our readers.

    Thanks!!

    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

    http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/

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    1. Anonymous2/23/2013

      Hi, can you use any finish in latex, like, satin, semi-gloss, etc.?

      thanks

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    2. Yes! I prefer satin or flat.

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  13. Anonymous3/29/2013

    Hi there, love your tutorials! I'm brand new to chalk paint and have several quarts of acrylic paint samples. Would the chalk paint work mixed with acrylic paint as well as the latex?
    Thanks!
    Jessica

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  14. Hi Cindy! I bought a bunch of ASCP and wax with an unexpected windfall I received last week and found that I was scared to death to start painting with it even though I have literally about 15 pieces I intend to use it on so I did a Bing search for step by step ASCP painting. This garnered a few sites, I choose 'decoratescotland.blogspot.com' which featured your tutorials on ASCP & Using dark wax, and more, after watching the first two mentioned I 'switched channels" to come straight to the source...your site & subscribed. I love your tutorials and your finished pieces and now you say I can add latex and stretch my paint even further...ohh la la!!! I think I am now ready, well after I watch one more tutorial that is...Love your site, your tutorials are fabulous, thanks for sharing!!! 1HotGran

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  15. Oh do you still have to wax ? *groans* I can't get on with waxing at all ! Where i am I going wrong ? The paintwork Seems to grab the wax straight of my brush ,by that I mean where my wax brush first touches the paintwork it leaves a deeper mark that no applying more wax over will ever get rid of it [and this happens whenever I apply to wax to non waxed paintwork but looks worse on dark colours]I have invested in a AS wax brush and followed your tutorial to the letter [on the AS one her brush has loads of wax on it which is where I thought I was going wrong because yours doesn't]but I still have this problem [thought chalex might be the answer !!]HELP !![please]

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  16. good morning. I'm about to paint 3 large bedroom pieces in a greige color and was trying to figure out if I could mix my SW latex with Annie Sloan Old White. I found your blog post. Did you sand first or paint as if it was just chalk paint?

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  17. Anonymous3/24/2015

    when mixing half and half are you still applying several coats of wax?

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  18. Anonymous5/22/2015

    When painting a piece and going for shabby...you apply paint unevenly to look like wear and tear...can u get wax even? Blotchy now..and does steel wool even it out? Also sanding chalk paint with 320 to a sheer, any advise, ty

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  19. Anonymous5/22/2015

    When painting a piece and going for shabby...you apply paint unevenly to look like wear and tear...can u get wax even? Blotchy now..and does steel wool even it out? Also sanding chalk paint with 320 to a sheen and smooth finish, any advise, ty

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  20. Have you heard of taking white annie sloan paint to the hardware store nad having them color it for you? Like they do with latex? When you sanded the chalex, did is sand easily like annie sloan's chalk paint? thanks!

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  21. Thank you! I had 2 nearly empty quarts of latex and almost a 1/2 quart of chalk paint in a similar color. Attempting to consolidate I poured the latex into the wrong can- right into the chalkpaint. Your post gives me hope that I didn't just ruin the chalkpaint! It was about 1/2 cup latex to about 3 cups cp.

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