I’ve been wanting to try chalk paint (not blackboard paint) on a piece of furniture. The strawberry cabinet used to be Scott’s Mom’s. Since I’m not crazy about strawberries, I thought this would be the perfect piece. I also have room for it in our entry way. It’s perfect to hold Clydie’s brushes and dog treats. Here is the ‘before’ I looked online for all the chalk paint options. The most expensive was Annie Sloan’s at 34.95 a quart – yikes! Plus factor in shipping and tax – way too rich for my blood. I found several home-made recipes and the one I picked used regular paint and calcium carbonate. I got the paint at Lowe’s in their sale pile for 2.50 and the calcium carbonate, from Amazon for about 3.75 a bottle. I mixed them 2 paint to 1 calcium carbonate. I mixed up 1/2 quart (2 cups) and 1 cup cc. It mixed easy and was a treat to use. The only prep work I did was wipe the cabinet down. The strawberries were decals, so I was a little concerned that they would show through, but after 3 quick drying coats, it looks great. I love the smooth finish. I used about half of the paint I mixed up. I purchased a new knob and some Washi tape for a little interest. I also put a bit of gold on the trim. It looks pretty good and the beauty of washi tape is I can remove it if I want. Here’s the finished product. I finished it with a couple of coats of wax and it’s good to go.