I’ve gotten some questions about my banister recently. I mentioned it briefly in this post about my favorite paint colors and you can also see it here in the post about my art nook but I thought I’d share a little more today about how I actually painted it.
The thought of sanding and priming all of that sounded awful to me though. All those curves and angles, just ugh!! I know, I’m totally whining. Whenever Paul or I get whiny about something that truly doesn’t matter in life we quote a line from You’ve Got Mail to one another. Its from that scene where they’re stuck in the elevator and think they may never get out. Everyone is sharing deep moments from their hearts and Parker Posey’s character is digging through her purse and exclaims, “Ugh! I can’t find my tic-tacs!”
And its because I know it isn’t something that matters that much in the history of my life and it also isn’t something I wanted to invest that much time or money on.
So here enters chalk paint. It requires no sanding or priming. Oh, and apparently you can make it yourself pretty easily and cheaply. Perfect!
I am totally not a DIYer as you may have discovered from this blog. I don’t really do crafts and we hire out when jobs are too big for us. But like I’ve already said, this wasn’t really something I wanted to spend lots of money or time on, so I just did a quick google search and found a great and inexpensive recipe for chalk paint.
That was all I needed to give it a go. You can’t really ruin something you already can’t stand, right? So here’s the recipe I used:
2 parts paint plus 1 part calcium carbonate
I ordered this Calcium Carbonate on Amazon and it has lasted me for a LONG time. I think I used around a cup of paint for the entire bannister. The color is my favorite gray, Olympic’s Silver Dollar. Now just a little warning, from what I understand, this recipe is not the greatest when you are planning to do distressing. I knew I wanted a clean and modern look so I wasn’t concerned about that. See other recipes for making your own chalk paint here.
I didn’t use a different brush or anything, just a regular old paint brush. I had to do a couple of coats, and did end up needing to put little circles of tape on all the white spindles (ugh!!) but it was worth it in the end. No sanding, no priming.
After painting, I wanted it to be super durable, so I covered it with a couple coats of a satin polycrylic. This is similar to a polyurethane but its waterbased so it doesn’t change the color at all and it gives it a nice sheen and protective coating. We’ve had it this way for over a year and it has held up nicely.
After doing the bannister, I loved it so much that I decided to do it on my mantle as well! It only took one coat because it was already white.
Wall color: Olympic’s Willow Springs, Mantle & banister color: Olympic’s Silver Dollar
So there you have it, pretty easy and super cheap update to that old orangey-oak banister wood. Have you ever used chalk paint on anything in your home?
Thanks so much for reading!