Chalk paint- I've heard so much about it. Which is best? How to use?

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I've heard a lot about Chalk paint. Some use plaster of Paris, some baking soda. Which is best? And is there NO sanding, do you use a wax to seal it How does it hold up on a dining room table ?
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  • Debbie Wade Debbie Wade on Jun 20, 2017
    I use Annie Sloan paint, no sanding except anything loosely chipped, and use wax to seal. Does great on tables.

  • Jo Jo on Jun 20, 2017
    I made my own with baking soda. It worked great until it got very humid. Now my furniture that I painted with my homemade chalk paint is literally sweating from the humidity. Actual water forms and drops to the floor. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 20, 2017
    I've only used purchased chalk paint, although I have mixed the chalk paint with latex paint to get a color I wanted. I usually purchase Waverly paint at Walmart. I have used name brands such as Annie Sloan, but, haven't found them all that much better (and much more expensive). I use sealer on a surface that will get a lot of use, such as a table. You can use the sealer made for the chalk paint, or any clear sealer. Poly can turn very light colors yellow I found out the hard way (had to strip it off and start over).

  • Barb in Texas Barb in Texas on Jun 20, 2017
    I bought calcium carbonate because after a lot research, that was what I wanted. I painted a table about 6 months ago, using paint I picked out and bought from a respected brand and adding the CC, I wanted a matte finish, not distressed at all, and this is what my research led me to. So far, it works great, looks great, and much cheaper than these manufactured brands.