Would this be "blackboard" chalk paint, such as you use for writing and wiping clean, or is this comparable to an antique finish - such as Annie Sloan decorative chalk paint?
If this is not the "antiquing" kind, such as you might use to refinish furniture, what product would be comparable to the Annie Sloan type paint, but that is available in the gallon size or even 5 gal if avail.? I am seeking to avoid having to purchase several containers.
The project I am working on includes refinishing a bureau, tall chest-of-drawers, large dresser, a vintage dark wood games table, a sewing desk, and a nightstand - all re-purposed and refinished. hopefully all to match. I'd need to be cost-conscious, and the most efficient way would be best, since I will need to strip/sand/seal etc. depending on the individuality of each piece, having different compositions of wood and finishes.
If it is better/less expensive/feasible to make my own, I can do so, although I haven't looked into that - any recipes/hints/tips on the process are welcome. Also, would the quality and composition be the same. or similar, depending on the quality of the brand/type of base paint I use? Are there other factors that determine if it comes out the same composition as most pre-mixed chalk bases?
I know it's a long question, I am trying to be thorough and give all the info that might factor in, so thanks so much in advance. I intend to do a little painted artwork in details and designs I intend to paint over the chalk-finish background. Could I use acrylic paint, (if I seal it afterwards - and what type of sealant/finish/polycrylic/wax or whatever it may be, would be best? Also, should I use mineral oil after stripping, since I am painting the wood, anyway? Is citrus stripping the preferred method? - what are the advantages of this? I want a surface that is at least somewhat durable, and I don't want the designs I paint on to flake-off, or bubble or what-have-you.
What about a short-cut of sanding, (w/ an electric hand sander) and a coat of primer on a shiny surface, (and just priming one piece that has a top of pressed wood, as it won't lend itself to sanding) - without stripping the furniture, first? If I need to strip it - I do have two shiny pieces that are solid wood - the other three solid wood pieces are not shiny, and the finish is old enough to be thin and in places, completely non-existent. The one with the shiny, composite pressed wood top is already stripped, sanded and primed except for the non-solid top, as I did it alone as an experiment to try my hand at.
One piece will be re-purposed to hold things my six-yr-old son will be using frequently, so it may need to be somewhat durable. Finally, I'm not sure how much I would need, exactly. I can provide measurements if it helps to calculate the quantities of product required . HELP!
Thanks so much!