I love working with chalk paint but I don’t always enjoy the price nor do I always want to have to choose from a ready mixed color. So, with this easy DIY chalk paint recipe, you can make your own for a fraction of the price.
Why Make Your Own Chalk Paint?
There are so many varieties of chalk paint available on the market so, why should you make your own? Now I have to tell you that I have tried many different brands, but I always come back to making my own and here are a few reasons why I like to make my own.
I get to choose the color of my chalk paint. I currently have a favorite white color called Foggy Day by Edward Dunn that I just love to use on my pieces! So, making my own chalk paint allows me to use my favorite colors
Price! Making my own is so much cheaper! A box of Plaster of Paris is around $6 to $7 dollars and it will last for a very long time.
I can control the thickness of the paint. I have a general recipe that I follow but sometimes I decrease the water if I want a bit of a thicker paint.
Why Use Chalk Paint?
The number one reason that I love chalk paint is because I don’t have to sand my furniture pieces! That is one step in making over furniture that I don’t mind skipping. Chalk paint covers the surface well and leaves a gorgeous matte, chalk finish.
Items Needed to Make DIY Chalk Paint Recipe
Measuring Cup or Spoon
Plaster of Paris
Flat Paint – in the color of your choice
DIY Chalk Paint Recipe
1 part Plaster of Paris – I use 1/3 cup
1 Part Water – I use 1/3 cup
3 Parts Paint – I use 1 cup
Directions For Making Chalk Paint
In the glass jar, mix the plaster of paris and water until is well combined. It should look very smooth and have no lumps.
Then, add in the paint and stir until very well mixed.
That’s it! You are ready to paint all of your beautiful furniture pieces!