Secrets to Durable Painting


There is nothing more discouraging than taking hours to give a project new life, putting it in the room, decorating it and getting it all beautiful and perfect and then having the paint on your project chip. This has always been one of my biggest frustrations in painting furniture. In hopes of finding a solution I gave chalk paint a try. I loved the convienence of not having to prep and sand before painting. So I tried a couple of homemade receipes. I used a plaster of paris mix on white chairs…


but they chipped….



Not liking the roughness and constant chipping I did some research and found a women who used cornstarch in her recipe. I tried this on my table and my daughters dresser.



It was a huge improvement. The feel was much more professional and it held up better. However, after painting my daughters dresser I put it in her room and a couple weeks later it started to chip. My sweet darling 5 year old then exposed that chip further by picking at it with her nail and finally taking a screw to my brand new paint job. UGHHHH!



I became so discouraged that I just decided there was something wrong with me and my ability to DIY. I told myself I wasn’t a good enough painter. I shouldn’t paint anything else because I would just ruin it. And as I walked around beating myself up every time I had the urge to paint something the fates aligned and I bumped into someone at a garage sale that had a solution. Her name was Debbie Perysar owner of Savvy Sister Chalk Dust. (AND LET ME JUST PUT THIS IS BIG, BOLD LETTERS, NO, I AM NOT GETTING PAID TO MAKE THIS POST!)

Debbie gave me some product and told me to give it a try. I am really liking this paint and for me to say that is a big deal. I have tried everything from spray paint, to expensive brushes, foam rollers, polyurethanes and acrylics, multiple waxes and every kind of chalk paint receipe. Savvy Sister Chalk Paint Dust is smooth to the touch and feels and looks professional. Savvy Sister is just as durable as Annie Sloan paint and MUCH more affordable!! She also carries the buttery waxes just like Annie Sloan does.You are also not limited to the few color choices of Annie Sloan.

There are so many techniques you can use when painting. I love the distress look you get with the Savvy Sister brushes but when I need clean lines my personal favorite is to use a sprayer. Yes! You can use chalk paint in a sprayer! It’s faster and there are NO brush strokes. There are directions on the Savvy Sister Chalk Dust website that can assist you. However, when it comes to top coats, with all of my projects I like to use a polycrylic, which I run through my sprayer. I like to use the polycrylic instead of the wax because a polyacrylic is more durable.

I will be giving the Savvy Sister Chalk paint the ultimate test and re-painting my daughters dresser and my white chairs to see how they stand up.  The dust is only $13 dollars and it lasts for a while which is saying a lot since I paint more than the average person.  You can check out how the dust works and all of her other amazing products here:


My Savvy Sister Chalk Paint Dust

3 comments on “Secrets to Durable Painting

  1. Kathryn Bundy November 5, 2014 8:55 pm

    I can’t wait to try My Savvy Sister. She is amazing I love her work.

  2. Justin Romney November 6, 2014 12:16 am

    Now Katrina wants this paint for Christmas! Thanks Robin!!

  3. Becka November 15, 2015 9:45 pm

    Thank you for this!

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