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Cornstarch Paint and a Buffet

Cornstarch Paint and a Buffet

Furniture, Tutorials

I was in Kwal last week and found a gallon of “mess up” paint for $4, but it is semi gloss.  I am not a huge fan of semi gloss or gloss paint, but I loved the color so I bought it anyway, after all $4 seemed reasonable!  I had heard you could add cornstarch to paint to make paint flat, lightbulb, this was the perfect paint to experiment with, and when I say experiment this truly was.  I didn’t have anything to go off of.

Here is what I did:

I added 3 Tablespoons of cornstarch to 4 oz of cold water mix until dissolved.  I then poured my semi gloss paint into a 45 oz empty cottage cheese container.  Once the paint was in the container I poured in the cornstarch mixture and stirred my paint until it was evenly distributed.   Note this will thin your paint slightly.    Make sure you stir your paint frequently!
I tried my paint on a small piece first and I loved the results!  I would say the paint went from semi-gloss to egg shell.  Which is my favorite to paint with!
Now for my Dresser/buffet/TV Console (whatever you want it to be):
This buffet or dresser or TV cabinet is solid 2 inch wood.  I striped the top down, stained and waxed it. The cabinet has been distressed and waxed as well!



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  1. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    March 16, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    It looks amazing. I love that you took the drawer out. Well done. Hugs, Marty

  2. Helen
    March 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    It looks great….you may have started a new trend with the cornstarch!

  3. Misty
    March 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    A beautiful color!

  4. Crystal
    March 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    It turned out beautiful! Great job!!

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