1/4 cup DE
8 Tb Water
1 paint sample (7.2 ounces) Valspar Mercer Blue
Mix the water and DE, then add the paint and stir with a plastic fork until smooth. Paint. Wait an hour and lightly sand with 220 sandpaper until smooth. (Don't be scared-this took under 5 minutes)
Honestly it was fool proof and created a smooth buttery finish.
It ended up looking more gray than blue, so I mixed a little of my glaze with some turquoise craft paint, then it looked too blue, so I glazed it again with some Behr Espresso Bean. (Here's more detailed info about how I glaze).
I still haven't gotten around to applying a layer of finishing wax.
I have no experience with other chalk paint, but I can't imagine any other kind working better. DE can be found at any hardware or pool supply store. (or beg some off a friend that has a pool) The original recipe suggested "food-grade", but I don't think it would have made a difference.
I forgot to take a "before", but I found it in a corner of a picture from Christmas morning). I actually got these at a garage sale about 7 years ago and painted them black. (BTW black furniture is not the best idea for someone who dusts as often as I do)
These tables make me silly happy!
I also painted a dresser and mirror for my daughter so stay tuned.