These days it seems like everyone is painting with chalk paint, and I can’t really say I blame them. It’s super easy to use, and there are so many different effects you can create, depending on what you use to finish it off. I personally like using dark wax and have made my own of that as well. I’ll add a post shortly on how to make dark wax, but today is all about how to make chalk paint.
When I began using chalk paint several years ago, no one carried it locally. Since I wasn’t sure if I’d even like the results, I didn’t want to pay a bunch to try it out. Couple that with my love for making stuff myself, and I quickly bought the ingredients to make my own. It’s pretty simple too. My recipe calls for Plaster of Paris, water, and paint. Flat latex works nicely but the effect is almost the same when using Satin, plus flat is cheaper. Also, acrylic paint will work.
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DIY Chalk Paint
How To Mix It
Simply mix together one-third cup Plaster of Paris and one-third cup water until smooth. Then add in a cup of paint. This amount of paint will go a long way. I could paint a couple of coats on a dresser with this. If you want to make less or more, it’s pretty easy to figure out the mixture. Just mix equal amounts of the Plaster of Paris and water and then add three times as much paint. One of the measured paint cups with a handle comes in handy when mixing your own paint.
Once you’ve finished painting with your chalk paint, you can distress your project if you want using sandpaper (about a 100 grit) or any other technique you’d like, then add any dark wax you might want to use, and finally, cover your piece with light wax or Polycrylic. The wax will work well for most items, but if your piece will see a lot of wear, Polycrilic is the way to go.
I hope you have fun making your own chalk paint and bringing new life to an old piece.