Washstand Makeover with DIY Chalk Inspired Paint Recipe

It’s been quite a month for my booth at The Pickers Market. This desk that caused a major back injury sold.


This driftwood inspired table and chairs sold


and last weekend this unpainted hutch sold to the sweetest group of girls headed home to Georgia.


With almost an entire side of my booth missing furniture I knew I had to find something stat! Luckily, I was able to find this cute little washstand, a dry sink, and some super awesome smalls this past Thursday.

102714-1Pine Washstand

As you know I prefer to paint most of my pieces in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) but in a pinch, I will make my own chalk inspired paint with calcium carbonate powder. Currently, almost all of the furniture in my booth is painted in either ASCP Old White or Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Ironstone. When I realized I was out of ASCP Pure White and Old Ochre I decided to make my own paint to help add a little bit of contrast to my booth space. I think this washstand is going to be really pretty in pale green. This is after one coat.


I love the casters


and these curvy details too.


The homemade chalk inspired paint usually takes me 3 coats where as the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint takes me 1-2 coats depending on the color that I’m using. It’s usually a shade of white, which means 2 coats ASCP for a full coverage.


After the chalk inspired paint was dry, I sanded the details and applied clear paste wax.


My customers usually ask me not to paint the insides of my pieces so I used vintage wallpaper to line the inside of the drawer.


I bought this Nancy Flow Blue pitcher and bowl at an auction several months ago and it’s finally headed to The Pickers Market as well.


If you decide you want to give DIY chalk inspired paint a try here’s the recipe I use:

2 tablespoons of calcium carbonate powder + 1 tablespoon of water + 1 cup of latex paint. This will yield approximately 1 cup of chalk inspired paint. I place the 2 tablespoons of calcium carbonate in a glass jar. Next I add 1 tablespoon of warm water to help the calcium carbonate dissolve easier. Then I put the lid of the glass jar on and shake vigorously. After that I add 1 cup of latex paint to the jar. Again shake vigorously until the calcium carbonate, water and latex paint are completely incorporated. You don’t want it to be lumpy. It should be relatively thin like the consistency of pancake batter. I’m definitely headed to the store for more ASCP because nothing beats the real thing but I’m really happy with the way this washstand turned out in a pinch.



Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – I love this beautiful washstand – the pale green is so pretty! I guess that you didn’t have the nerve to personally tell me that “my” desk sold 🙂 So happy that your customers are getting wonderful pieces for their homes – they will never be disappointed!

    1. It was definitely a bittersweet day when that desk sold Vicki! It would have been stunning in your home. Thanks so much for all of the sweet compliments!

  2. This is a beautiful piece ~ and will sell in a skinny minute! So many ways to use it. You did a great job on the update Coco! And I adore the blue & white pitcher/bowl combo! Hmmm, check your email 🙂 Bwg ~~~

    1. This piece had me at wooden wheels 🙂 Isn’t that Flow Blue bowl and pitcher set amazing? It came from an estate in Green Cove Springs. I’ll be on the lookout for an email from you!

  3. Coco, WOW you are such a whiz with a paint brush. It looks AHH mazing!!! Have a great day, Lisa

    1. Thank you Lisa, I really appreciate it!

  4. Love the pale green! It reminds me of jadite 🙂

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