I love the new chalk paint but have found that it is a little pricey for my budget so I have created a finish which tends to be my attempt at replicating that finish but I use a water base product from Benjamin Moore called Regal select. I order it in a flat finish and when I paint white my favorite white color is Linen White. I have found that my local paint store is very good at matching any of the new Pottery Barn colors, chalk paint colors, or any other color that strikes my fancy if I am doing something that requires color.
I have been very satisfied with the results of this Benjamin Moore product. It has a primer component in the paint it it like the chalk paint so it can be used directly on the wood without any need for additional primer. The paint is sometime so thick that I have even thinned it with a little water depending on the application.
There are some recipes on line which give you directions for making your own chalk paint. One recipe calls for 1.5 parts paint to .5 parts of water to .5 parts of plaster paris. Another recipe I have read about calls for 1 cup of pant to 2 tbs. of grout. I haven't tried either of these recipes but either one may give you a more authentic chalk paint but so far I haven't had the time to try either one.
When I start painting my first step is to do a light sand. Most of my furniture like the bench in the picture is constructed used trim head screws which are countersunk. I than fill all the holes and sand to eliminate all signs of modern construction materials or screws. Than I apply my first coat of paint.
We will have a number of pieces with us when we d the Country Living Show in a couple of weeks. So if you are interested stop by and check out our finished product.