DIY Chalk Paint

Although I do love Annie Sloan Chalk paint, and it is my ‘go-to’, I do so many furniture makeovers that it has been more cost efficient for me to create my own!  I have toyed with many different recipes and have finally come up with one that works for me!  It is thick enough to get great coverage, yet thin enough to not clog up my paint sprayer! LOL!

Since I don’t ever plan on manufacturing my own Chalk Paint line, I will share it with you today! 😊

Step 1: Gather all of your ingredients and materials

  • Flat Latex Paint ( I use Valspar Signature Flat Interior Paint from Lowe’s)
  • Calcium Carbonate (For years I used this Calcium Carbonate Pure Powder and it is fine for small batches or occasional use, but now I buy this one in bulk)
  • Premium Billiard Chalk
  • Small amount of Water
  • Old measuring cups and spoons (I say this because they will never be the same after you use them for this! I started by using what I currently had in my kitchen at the time and it gave me an excuse to upgrade! Win, win! Otherwise, you can get inexpensive ones at the Dollar Tree)
  • Old metal spoon for stirring ( I end up with random small spoons in my drawers all of the time – life with kids! )
  • Plastic cereal size bowl
  • Empty pint size Paint can or coffee canister (even the plastic ones work!)

Step 2: Measure 1 cup of Latex paint into the paint can.

Step 3: Mix the Chalky ingredients

In a separate bowl, combine 4 Tbsp of Calcium Carbonate and 1 Tbsp of Billiard Chalk. Carefully stir to mix. Beware: the Billiard chalk is very dusty!

Step 4: Add Water to Chalky Mixture

Slowly add 1 Tbsp of water at a time into the bowl with the chalky mix while stirring to mix. You will definitely need to put some muscle into this in order for it to mix thoroughly. Continue to add small amounts of water until the consistency is that of Ranch dressing.

Step 5: Mix together Chalk and Paint

Add the water/chalk mixture to the latex paint in the paint can. Stir well with a paint stirrer.

For the batch pictured, I used 3 cups of latex paint and then 3x’s the original recipe for all other ingredients.

Step 6: Paint

Paint your project as you would with any other Chalk Paint brand. No need for sanding prior.

Generally, a clean paint can holds about 3 times this recipe.

I only utilize this recipe for white and off-white paint, but it can be used for any color of latex paint, so go get creative with it!

Here are a few projects that I have used this recipe for:

Side Table Makeover

Garage Sale Desk Makeover

Farmhouse Hutch

Until next time,

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