How To Make Chalk Paint

Here Is Our Free Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe

Well, if you haven’t heard about Chalk Paint chances are you will soon.  Everyone seems to be talking about it and for good reason.  We’re gonna talk a little bit about it and then we’re gonna show you how to make chalk paint.

What Is Chalk Paint?

Chalk Paint was designed by Annie Sloan and is a formula paint that is designed to go on nearly anything you could ever wish to paint on the inside or outside with no prepping or sanding.  It covers easily, dries quickly and helps you achieve a beautiful patina that is perfect for distressing with very little time and effort.

Chalk paint goes on smooth, dries very quickly and is easily sanded to distress your piece for a well-worn look.  It is called chalk paint because it covers the piece with a soft, chalky patina that is perfect for creating an exceptional antique look.

The problem is that it’s a little pricey at $34.95 and up/ quart.  However, the other wonderful thing about chalk paint is that it is also very easy and inexpensive to make yourself.

We paint every piece you see on our site with this homemade chalk paint recipe

how to make chalk paint recipe

Before we get started, if you want a really cool and interactive infographic with all of this information feel free to check it out below. 

It is easily shareable and will look great on your Pinterest boards, so feel free to use it just make sure you link back to us!

how to make chalk paint infographic

 

Now, here are the basic directions

how to make chalk paint

Step 1

Mix the Plaster of Paris and water together in a separate bowl.  We prefer to use cool water.  Some people say use hot or warm but those seemed to cause problems with the plaster when we’ve tried it.  We recommend sticking with cool tap water.

Mix thoroughly until the plaster has become smooth with no lumps.  The consistency should be similar to a cake or pancake batter.

how to make chalk paint

Step 2

Then add the plaster mixture to the paint and mix well.  Be sure to get all of the plaster stirred up well and dissolved thoroughly into the mixture.  Use your stirring stick to verify there are no lumps in the bottom.  If there is plaster in the bottom then it could end up on your piece.

how to make chalk paint

The paint should be as smooth as it was before.  The paint will appear at first no different than the paint you had before, but when the chalk paint dries on the furniture you will begin to see that faint, aged and chalky patina that you are looking for.

You can double the recipe for a quart of paint, quadruple for a 1/2 gallon and so forth.

**Important Note:  You can always add more or less plaster to suit your taste as well.  This recipe is a conservative one.  If you want a more chalky finish then add some more plaster.  If you want less then add less.  Just experiment and have fun.

Don’t forget that this stuff dries fast!  If you are working on a big project where the paint will be exposed for a long period of time, think about pouring just what you need to paint with into cups to hold while you paint.  This will keep the rest of your paint from getting too thick too fast.

If it does start getting thick you can add a little water to loosen it up but just add slowly until it smooths out a little to keep your consistency…..well……..consistent!

You now have chalk paint to make your very own distressed furniture creations.  Check the tutorials for how to apply it and get that distressed furniture look.

Good Luck!  Let us know how it turns out and if you have any questions.

**Update: If you are interested in seeing our take on other homemade chalk paint recipes be sure to check out our latest guide: The Definitive Guide To Homemade Chalk Paint Recipes

 

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90 comments

  1. Is the above recipe for the chalk paint per quart of paint, or does it need to be doubled for a quart?? Thanks!

    • Hi! The recipe is for 2cups of paint so double it to make a quart. Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks for coming by!

      • Ellen /

        Hi There!
        THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS POST! Is it possible to make a gallon of this and if so, what is the formula? I am actually painting all of the floors in a lake cottage! Best Wishes to all!

        • Hi Ellen,
          You are welcome. Thanks for coming by. For a gallon take the recipe and multiply each measurement by 8. For example the 2 cups of paint x 8 = 16 cups (1 Gallon). Good luck!

  2. Diane Gee /

    Love your tutorial, very helpful. Just an important question to ask. You say no preparation, and chalk paint can be used on any furniture. However, I would like to do the distressed look on my kitchen doors, which are wooden and waxed. Is this possible? Can you advise me if there should be prep on this surface? Any help would be much appreciated, can’t afford a brand new kitchen!

    • Hi Diane, thanks for stopping by and for a great question. If your doors have very recently been painted and waxed I would, in that case, probably lightly sand the surface with sandpaper or steel wool to remove any new, thick coat of wax that may be on there. Since you are thinking of redoing the doors my guess would be that they have not recently been waxed and in that case you should have no problem whatsoever covering them in chalk paint.

      We have done many wood pieces with old coats of wax that we have simply painted right over. Chalk paint covers so well I don’t think you are going to have any problems.

      Please let us know if you run into any issues.

      Thanks again for stopping by and send us some pics when you are done with your project and we may feature them on our social sites.
      Angie and Chris

  3. I love the chalk look furniture. But if you apply it with a brush, can you not seethe brush strokes on your furniture when it dries? Thank you. I want to paint my china cabinet and dining room set.

    • Hi Sue. Thanks for your question. Yes, you can see some brush strokes on a piece painted with chalk paint depending on the piece and how many coats you put on. I have worked on some pieces with darker finishes where I had to go over it a couple times to cover the brush strokes. However on others it covered completely on the first coat.
      Again it depends on the piece but go ahead and get started and if you need to go over it again to cover the strokes then its not a big problem.
      Chalk paint dries so fast that you won’t have to wait long to put on another coat
      I will also say that brush strokes may be preferable on many chalk paint pieces as it can add a very authentic old world effect if you are wanting that type of look. If you are wanting a new paint job look then just go over it until you cover the strokes if you see any on your piece

  4. Hi,
    I’ve started using chalk paint on a used buffet/hutch and its cracking in places… is my mixture too thick or thin? It seems to be the right consistency because on the large flat surfaces – it looks great, but where there is more detail to the wood, its cracking and falls off if I touch it. What do i do??
    Thanks!

    • I would say you may want it a little thinner for those detail areas. One of the reasons chalk paint does so well on distressed furniture is because it cracks and comes off so easily. I would take a little of your mixture to the side and thin it with a little water to use on those areas. If that doesn’t work try to use less plaster in your mixture. Hope this helps

  5. Thanks for the chalk paint recipe! I am about to move forward but I had a question first.
    Will this work on ugly, outdated, (Wal-Mart) laminate furniture? I have a TV stand that I’m trying to turn into a bench and the current finish is killing me. I’d love a chalk paint look.What is your experience with painting laminate furniture with chalk paint? It feels too good to be true that I could just slap this stuff on and not have to sand/patch, etc, etc.

    Thanks so much!

  6. To be a complete and total pain in the butt, I have another question….sorry!

    I’ve seen recipes that use non-sanded grout instead of plaster of paris. Is there a difference? Is one better than the other?

    Sorry about innundating you with questions, I’m just so darn excited to cross this off my to do list!!
    Lindsay.

    • Hi Lindsay! You are not being a pain. We love to have you here asking questions.
      For your first question, chalk paint is amazing in that it will cover some surfaces you wouldn’t expect. We have done a couple of pieces made from that cheap laminate wood and had no trouble at all. Just make sure your piece is free of dirt and dust before you begin.
      If you want to be a little cautious try the paint on an inconspicuous area of the item to test it out. I don’t think you will have any issues
      On your second question, we have actually never used the non-sanded grout version, although I hear it works well. I think we’ll look into it and do some testing for ourselves, but in the meantime check out this post from Diane at inmyownstyle.com. She has put together a fabulous, in-depth post about this. She tests the two versions against each other and gives her opinion. I think you will find it useful.
      Let us know if we can help further. Have fun!
      Angie

  7. Hello! Just found your awesome site and it answered alot of my ??? I had about making chalk paint.I have seen this recipe but also with baking soda added.Have you seen this method,I just wondered if it would be better with or without.I dont mind trial and error just thought you may have already tried it.Also when you color your paint do use the rit dye ever? Thats the method I had planned to try I was wondering about the liquid or powdered,but it may not make too much difference.YIKES! sorry for so many??? have you done any elmers glue crackling?

    • Hi Renee, thanks for your questions. We have not tried the baking soda in our formula before so I can’t say for sure how it measures up. However, we are working on trying some different recipes and sharing them on the site, so we will add that to the list. More to come on that.

      Also, we do not do much in the way of mixing our own colors. We have been happy with the colors readily available at Lowes, Wal-mart, etc. However, I hear Rit Dye is an excellent product if you want to get into some of that.

      Lastly, we are working on a tutorial for the crackle paint effect using glue. It’s a very cool effect. Make sure you subscribe to the blog or our email list at the bottom of the post so you don’t miss it.

  8. Just discoverd you and am pleased to know that I can “make it yourself” without having to spend a fortune to try this paint. Now my question: Which finish paint should I buy; gloss, semi gloss, satin or flat? Or does it matter? Joe

    • Hi Joe,
      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it is very nice to be able to make your own chalk paint when need be. To answer your question we typically try to do all of our pieces in a flat finish. This is because we want to add an old world, aged patina to our distressed furniture so we don’t want any semi-gloss or gloss finish. Plus the wax will give it a bit of a sheen after buffing so we try to always use flat

      However, that may be different for you depending on the look you are trying to achieve on your item. If you want a glossier finish you could use one of those other finishes. Hope this helps. Thanks!

  9. Was wondering if you have painted oak cabinets? I am trying to get up the nerve to start this project as there is no turning back once I do begin Lol
    I am going to do a warm white in a satin finish…..any words of encouragement or suggestions?
    Thanx

    • Hi Donna, sorry so long in responding. We have not done oak cabinets before but we recently painted a very old solid oak antique teacher’s desk. We were more than happy with it. The chalk paint stuck to it with no prep at all.

      I think you will be happy with it.

      We did recently paint our own cabinets an antique white and distressed them and they turned out great.

      I would say just have fun!

  10. What kind of wax would I use after using the chalk paint ?

    • Hi Joanne,
      We use Minwax furniture paste. You can get it at Lowes, Home Depot, probably Wal-Mart. It works like a charm and we’ve never been unhappy with it. There are also other furniture waxes such as those offered by Annie Sloan that would work as well, not to mention other general furniture waxes from other makers you could use.
      We use the Minwax furniture paste and it works great. Hope this helps!

  11. Maureen /

    After I use the chalk paint can I store it for another project I’m working on in a few weeks?

    • Absolutely! Just keep it airtight as you would any other paint.

      Over time, however, we have noticed that the plaster can sometimes begin to settle and harden in the bottom of the paint. This tends to happen when stored over longer periods of time and shouldn’t be a problem over the period of time you are talking about.

      Due to this we try not to make large batches at a time, but rather stick with 2 cups or less.

  12. Just found your website and found it so helpful. I’m fixing to attempt doing this for the first time and it sounds pretty easy!

    • It is very easy. You are going to have fun. Thanks for stopping by

  13. Beverly Kennedy /

    thank you. I appreciated the information on chalk paint!

  14. Just wanted to say THANKS SO MUCH!!!! Your information has been so helpful. Especially the questions you answered. I had a lot of the same questions. Gonna start painting tonight!

    • Hi Amber. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. If we’ve helped at all that makes us VERY happy. It’s why we’re here.

      Have fun painting and stay in touch! Take care

  15. Love your site !!!

  16. Kathleen /

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! GREAT INFO!!!

  17. Karen Lizzie /

    Hi

    I’m trying to find out if you can use chalk paint on outdoor surfaces. We live in an old house and most standard paints don’t really have the look I would like, but I can’t afford heritage type paints. Would chalk paint survive on windows and doors.

    Thanks

    Hi Karen,
    This is a really great question and one that we have been discussing lately. To be honest we have not done any outdoor pieces, so we can’t really say from experience. However, some of our research seems to indicate that chalk paint does hold up on outdoor applications (see this website where it is mentioned). We have heard that you should not use wax whenever you use it on outdoor surfaces, but that otherwise it holds up on outdoor applications

    We are going to be testing all of this and will report back on the site with what we find out, but for now we can’t say for sure how it holds up because we have not yet tested this.

  18. Krissy /

    You had mentioned that you use Minwax furniture paste to seal your chalk paint pieces. I had wanted to use a dark wax to create an aged look on a buffet/dresser that I am getting ready to refinish. Can I just add stain to the Minwax furniture paste to get the same results as dark wax?

  19. Jessica /

    Hi, I can’t tell if that is a “3 tablespoons of cool water” or “8 tablespoons of cool water” Just a difficult font to read for me, I guess! Thanks!

    • Hey Jessica, thanks for mentioning that. It is rather unclear. I will be updating that soon, but for now it is 3 tablespoons cool water, not 8. Thanks again! Sorry about that.

      • HI Jessica, the graphics have been updated to make the recipe a little easier to read. Check it out and let us know what you think!
        Thanks again.

  20. Cristy S /

    So glad I found your site!! We are thinking of using chalk paint to cover our kitchen table. However, the table is some real wood, some fake. It has one of those faux wood stain finishes. Some of the areas on the top of and sides of the table have chipped off over the years. Will the chalk paint cover this or would we need to sand it down?

    • Hi Cristy, it should cover those areas but, depending on how much of an indention it left, you will likely see those chipped areas through the paint and it may not look very smooth. However, that could be a good thing. It may give you just a little bit more of an aged and not-so-perfect look for the table. Depends on what look you want. If you want it to be a smoother and newer look I would probably sand a bit to smooth those areas out. Thanks for your question!

  21. Jill Farrell /

    I have been having a go at making my own chalk paint using Bicarbonate of soda the results have not been too bad though very gritty before sanding. I used a cheap flat latex ( vinyl ) bit hit and miss with the measurments. I would advise if you use baking powder dont add water as my frist batch started rising..lol.. I am in the UK maybe the ingredients are a bit different not sure.. it was funny though.
    I am waiting on some POP which I ordered last week which has still not arrived so not best pleased.
    My question is the amounts used as I see 1 cup etc and am a bit unsure of them ( being in the uk ) so any help on that would be great.
    Also might be an idea to use disposable gloves as my hands are so dry from all the sanding!

    It does depress me that with lots of the DIY chalk paints on the internet use items that we dont get over here and its hard to find what would be the similiar. I cannot afford to by the ASCP
    Thanks
    Jilly

    • Hi Jill, Thanks for the tips about gloves and Baking powder. I’m sure that will help some of our readers avoid doing the same!

      That’s too bad that you can’t get some of the ingredients easily. You will definitely be happy with the POP. Hope it arrives soon.

      I’m not an expert on UK measurement systems, but I find online that 1 cup equals about 240ml (if that helps you)

      Good luck with your projects!

      Angie

      • Jill Farrell /

        Hi Angie, thanks for the reply. I have a feeling the POP wont arrive today either so going to pop into my local hardware store and try them she said they would have some by today fingers crossed, if it does work ( I soo hope so after looking at the costs of ASCP ) hubby better not stand still as I might paint him ..LOL
        Another craft to add to my ever growing list !!

        Thank you
        Jilly xx

  22. Hey there! I love your blog. And i wanted to let you know that i linked to this post on my blog this morning re: chalk painting: http://thecriderhouserules.blogspot.com/2013/04/inspiration-for-your-weekend.html

    I hope this is ok, if you would like me to remove the link, i surely will. Please e-mail me and let me know and i’ll remove it right away.

    In any case, thank you for the tutorial. Can’t wait to try it!!

    -Erin

  23. Mary Richesin /

    Can Chalk Paint be used on new wood? Will the Chalk Paint raise the wood grain or do I need to add a primer first. Thanks

    • Chris /

      Hi Mary, if you mean new lumber we have never had any trouble with chalk paint covering well. It has not raised the grain on any projects we have done. Take a look at this post where you can see us put chalk paint on some new lumber. IT actually seemed to work better on new wood. I doubt you will need primer on anything but as always test before you go all out. If the wood soaks up some of the first coat, just add another. Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

  24. Hi, my name is Peta & I live on the Gold Coast, Queensland. How do you store any left-over paint. The reason this sets so quickly is the chemical reaction between the plaster of paris & water. How do you avert the plaster of paris setting when stored (or) is this a dumb question & you just put a lid on it. Peta

    • Hi Peta,
      We typically use plastic ‘tupperware’ type food storage and old coffee canisters. That has worked great for us. The longer it is stored the more chance of the plaster hardening up at the bottom, but sometimes that doesn’t happen at all. Of course the more airtight the container the better.

      • Thank you so much for your answer. Op-shop here I come for tupperware. I’m also going to try an experiment. There is a company on the Gold Coast where I can get straight chalk (calcium carbonate) which doesn’t have the chemical reaction that plaster of paris has. I am going to do half & half & straight plaster of paris, paint the same board with each & leave the two containers open & see what happens. If you’re interested I will send you the results. Thank again

        • Thanks Peta. Please send the results or share them here in the comments section. This really helps others out.

          • Dear Chris, it’s me again. I appear to have deleted your email giving me access to the dark wax book. Could it be sent again. Sorry.

          • Peta /

            Dear Chris, we have a problem. I am assuming that sometimes when you reply to someone in this section of your blog, the answer is said to me.I ahve 5 on my screen at the moment.I have 1 to Denise, 1 to Cindy & 3 to Angie. This has been gpoing on for a while. I don’t know whether this is complicating your life. It needs looking in to. Thanks Peta

  25. I am very happy with your website, renovating old furniture has been an interest of mine for many years, and now I have been learning all about Chalk Paint. It seems to be the answer to all our prayers. I have followered your recipe on how to make the chalk paint and am happy with the result, however now I need to wax the pieces.
    Like you I am always interested in making my own stuff if at all possible, rather than pay the big prices in the shops.
    I have attempted to download your ebook on how to make the wax, but I am unable to open it. I have to have Outlook on my computer and this I don’t have. Over the years I have had too many problems with Outlook and I don’t want to revisit it.
    Is it possible to send me the details in an email instead?
    Thank you for sharing all your information freely on-line it is most appreciated.
    Best reg

    • Email sent with ebook attached. Thanks!

    • Hi Chris, for some reason your reply to Oriel has been sent to my email address. Just thought I should give you a heads up.

  26. Hi Angie and Chris,
    I’ve left you guys two comments but they don’t seem to be showing on screen. I was wondering if I could use ur chalk paint recipe over semi gloss paint? Will it work or should I sand first? My sister painted my wood trunk before I got home this week…It doesn’t look good with semi gloss paint.
    Thanks

    • Hi Cami! Sorry for missing your comments. Not sure why we didnt’ see them. You should have no trouble at all using chalk paint over semi-gloss paint. It should cover it well. I don’t think you will need to sand first but it’s always best to test so just test a small area. It should cover it without sanding though. Sorry again. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  27. Carla miller /

    I am getting ready to paint some furniture with the receipt for chalk paint and wax. I have one question I want to take my blk pieces and change them different colors ,so do I paint w chalk paint then I put dark wax and then distress them with steel wool or sand paper. . I just want to make sure that’s what I need to do…Thanks Carla

    • Hi Carla. Wait to put on your wax until last. That is your finish and sealer. So paint first, then distress, then wax last. Let us know if we can help further. Thanks!

      • Thank you so much. I’m so glad I asked when I do them I will send you a before and after picture. Thanks carla

    • Hi Chris, I just thought it might help if I notify you every time I get someone elses reply. I just got Carlas & acousticguitars replie. Does this mean I’m special? This must be driving you a little nuts.

      • Hi Peta, We both seem to be getting other peoples replies. I think there must be a problem with the website. No problem,
        Oriel

  28. hi sorry if i posted this twice, i do not see my first post. i have followed this recipe a few times, and each time it comes out beautiful when i first make it, but the following day it has turned to paste. what am i doing wrong?

    • Chris /

      Hi Sandy,
      I apologize for not responding to you sooner. I don’t think you are doing anything wrong. The paint can sometimes turn to a strange consistency especially after sitting for a little while. What we have had the best luck with are these small plastic lunch containers that we got at the grocery store. These were made by Glad but I’m sure any similar ones will work. They are very airtight and we have made plaster chalk paint and stored them in these and the paint is still perfect after several weeks.

      If you try storing in airtight containers like this you may want to experiment with a different brand of paint. This can sometimes take care of the problem as well. Hope this helps.

  29. Terrie /

    I used your receipe last night and let it dry overnight, this morning when moving the board ( I used an old cupboard door) I managed to scrape off a peice and noticed it peeled fairly easy off of the wood, anyone else having issues like this? Any suggestions?

    • Chris /

      Hi Terrie. Yes, that is a very common occurrence, especially when it has dried overnight. The longer it cures the more easily it comes off if you scrape it, scuff it, etc. It is just a feature of chalk paint, and one of the reasons it is used so much in distressing furniture.
      If you are not wanting to distress your piece you have to watch out that you don’t accidentally scrape some of the paint off, because it comes off pretty easily. Just hit that section with some more paint if you want to cover it, and when you seal it with wax or polyurethane that will keep it from happening on that piece.
      Thanks for your question!

  30. Alicia /

    I have a table Im wanying to refinish. It has a black glossy paint stain on it already, if I paint with chalk paint will it chip? Or should I sand furniture first?

  31. Christa /

    This might be a silly question but can this homemade chalk paint be washed down the drain when you are cleaning the brush and such? I definitely don’t want to destroy my drains. Thanks!

    • Chris /

      Hi Christa, we have been washing our latex chalk paint down the drain for some time now with no problems whatsoever. If you are worried about it it wouldn’t hurt to clean the brushes in a bucket or some other method that avoids the drains. Thanks!

  32. Charlene /

    this is a great site and so happy I found it. I bought an antique table and chairs and will be painting it with homemade chalk paint soon. My question is what type of latex paint are you using? Flat, eggshell, satin, semi? does it matter? And, do you find that a tinted paint covers better than a white? thinking it will need at least 2 coats, maybe more?
    thanks.

    • Hi Charlene. Thanks for coming by. Typically we use a flat or near that. This is just a preference as we like the dull look on chalk painted furniture. However, it is less durable than some of the other, higher-gloss finishes. If you are looking for a glossier finish or need more durability (i.e the piece will get a lot of traffic) then go with a higher-gloss. Hope this helps!

  33. Denise /

    I’m so happy to have found this cheaper recipe. I’m interested in getting different colors on the piece I’d like to try this on. Perhaps a dark color, then a lighter color. Will this work? Would I put the wax on the dark color before adding the lighter color?

    • HI Denise. It’s really up to you. We’ve done it both ways. Just put whatever color you want on first. Then paint the second over it, and distress down to reveal some of the first color underneath. There is no set way to do it. Just go with what you think you would like best. Thanks!

  34. My tables turned out beautiful. But my finish is not very smooth,do I sand or use very fine steel wool?

    • Yes, that’s not unusual. Try lightly sanding the entire finish with a fine sandpaper or steel wool and it will smooth it down some. Waxing will also give it a nice, smoother finish.

  35. Debbie Poole /

    When using chalk paint (your recipe) and I feel it needs a second coat, should I lightly sand before applying the 2nd coat? Or use finest steel wool? Or not at all?

    • HI Debbie, yes it’s perfectly fine to sand after the first coat. Not required but it is a good idea. Not too much though, because the chalk paint may peel off pretty easily.

  36. audrey /

    hi! help, please! I’m getting some half metal, half wood chairs (the backrests and actual seat are made of wood while the legs and structural support are made of metal) for FREE but they’re hideous. I’d like to paint them a soft yellow, but I’m worried about the metal parts. Will the chalk paint stick to those metal parts? Can I distress those parts? Can I seal those metal parts with clear furniture wax like the wooden parts?

    Any help would be appreciated. :)

    • Hi Audrey. Yes, the chalk paint should stick to the metal surfaces as well. We have used it on many metal surfaces with excellent results. We’re actually painting an old metal milk jug for a client right now and it is working great. You can also seal with the wax. Good luck!

  37. Denise /

    I seem to be having problems with peeling on one piece that I’m working on. The first piece I did was beautiful, but the second piece peels whenever I try to distress it, no matter how gently. Any advice? Thanks!

    • Hi Denise, it’s hard to say without seeing it. It could be that the particular surface is just not absorbing the paint well. It may be one of those times where you have to do a little sanding to the surface to get it to absorb better. Maybe try sanding a small section, then paint and distress and see if it holds better. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

  38. Debra /

    hello Angie this will be my first piece of calked furniture and I’m excited but have a question…I have 2 wood chairs with wicker bottoms and I want to use them in my beach theme room, can I paint them first with any latex flat paint then do a white calk over it so I can sand and get the blue undertones? if you can give me any suggestions I would appreciate it!!
    Thanks

    • HI Debra,
      Absolutely. It’s not necessary to use the chalk paint as the undercoat. Any latex paint will do fine. Sounds like you’re on the right track. Good luck!

  39. Camille Hinkle /

    great questions and answers, made my first batch of chalk paint today and got a little brassy and added more plaster of Paris and water. Paint dried very quickly and I took a damp rag and wiped away the paint where I didn’t want it to be. Rather then sanding as it is so messy. The old chair came out fantastic. Then followed up with Min Wax. I was worried that in applying the Min Wax that I might take off more paint, but NO it didn’t touch it. So just need to wait a bit for the wax to dry and then I will buff up. I used Behr paint, with no primer, ceiling paint. I wanted a pretty flat looking look.

    • Chris /

      Thanks for sharing Camille. Seeing different people’s results helps us all out.

  40. bridget /

    Is there a link to the wax/buffing directions or process? I saw the link for the ebook on dark waxing. I wouldn’t want to darken my piece, just seal to prevent chipping. Also, does polycrylic work so that it can be more easily cleaned (soap & water)?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Bridget, we touch on the waxing process in most of our tutorials that you will find on the site, but essentially you just apply the wax with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth in a circular motion. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes then buff with a different soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Just buff the surface until you get the amount of sheen that you are looking for.

      If you do not want to darken the surface just use the natural color wax not the dark.

      Polycrylic is a great option and will work very well. It has a higher gloss sheen to it but will protect the finish with excellent durability.

  41. Kristen Mitchell /

    Have you had any trouble with the color of paint be lighter after mixing in the plaster of Paris and water? I am repainting an armoire. It was supposed to be a dark brown and has dried a lot lighter.

    • Kristen Mitchell /

      Being* lighter. Not be. Sorry!!

    • Chris /

      Hi Kristen, yes the plaster definitely lightens the paint some. It is part of the ‘chalky’ look that we love chalk paint for :)