How To Make Chalk Paint

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. 

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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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