How to Make Chalk Paint – 3 Amazing Homemade Chalk Paint RecipesHow to Make Chalk Paint

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 .  Let’s go!

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.

There are quite a few different ways to make chalk paint, and everyone has their own preference for which one works best for them.  We are going to give you the 3 most popular chalk paint recipes.  The directions below show you the steps for how to make chalk paint with the Plaster of Paris, but the directions are essentially the same for each recipe.

We will first show you the Plaster of Paris recipe, and how to make it.  Then below you can find the recipe for how to make chalk paint with Baking Soda and with Unsanded Grout

Plaster of Paris

TIP:  DAP makes a great Plaster of Paris product 

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First you mix the plaster and water together until you get a smooth consistency with no lumps.

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Next you will need 1 cup of pre-measured latex paint.   We recommend using a quality latex like Valspar.

TIP: A good quality latex paint can make your project shine

Next  pour the plaster and water mixture into the paint and stir well until all of the mixture is dissolved with no lumps; make sure the paint is as smooth as before.


The paint will appear at first no different than the basic latex 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!

Now that you know how to make chalk paint you can easily use your new found skills to try other chalk paint recipes.  Here are two more for your to test.  There is no right or wrong recipe.  Each has its own differences and each may be preferable depending on your project.

Baking Soda

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Unsanded Grout

TIP:  Use a good quality unsanded grout such as the one from Mapet.  It is the one we use in our paint projects.

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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

Before you leave, if you want a really cool and free infographic with all three chalk paint recipes.  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!

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