How to Make Chalk Paint

How to Make Chalk Paint

Chalk paint, not to be confused with chalkboard paint, has become a popular force in the world of do-it-yourselfers for its extreme versatility. Used for a variety of projects from refinishing furniture to creating beautiful eggs for Easter time, chalk paint provides the home improvement enthusiast with an avenue for creating truly unique spaces and décor.

Able to match any design scheme, chalk paint is highly customizable, as it can be made using nearly any standard latex paint available.

It is, in fact, incredibly easy to make. Though there are many chalk paint recipes out there, here’s one that stands out from the rest.

Calcium Carbonate Chalk Paint

Items needed:

  • Calcium Carbonate — powder form. This can be difficult to find in stores, but a trip online to Amazon will grant you a large bottle of calcium carbonate for around $10.
  • Latex Paint. Any latex paint with any finish style, whether flat or satin, will work.
  • Paint Brush. The brush necessary depends on the project. Here’s a quick guide from Sherwin Williams on choosing the right paint brush.
  • Paint Stirrer. Ask your local home improvement store for a freebie.
  • Large bowl or paint pan. A standard paint pan is available for about a dollar in many home improvement stores.

Once you’ve got your items collected, measure out your ingredients:

1 part calcium carbonate

2 parts latex paint

Using the paint stirrer, combine the two ingredients in the paint pan or bowl until they have reached a smooth consistency. If necessary, add a little warm water to improve the texture. Once thoroughly combined, apply your chalk paint as instructed for the project.

And that’s it. Easy enough, right?

What to Paint?

With such a simple recipe, it will be hard to not paint everything. To encourage testing out your paint on as many projects as possible, try with objects made of metal, wood and even concrete.

After a couple coats of your paint, you may want to try distressing the piece by lightly sanding it down to create an old-world effect. Layering different colors and then sanding can be a great way to add dimension to a piece.

Some recipes encourage using a finishing wax when finished painting. However, if it is in a high traffic area you might want to consider using Polycrylic or some other type of sealer.

After you’re done with all your chalk paint projects, remember to properly dispose of your paint and wax.

Why Make Your Own?

Making your own chalk paint is incredibly easy, once the proper ingredients have been found, of course. What, then, would be the driving factor for skipping out on making your own and trying a popular version of chalk paint like the one made by Annie Sloan?

Annie Sloan’s chalk paint is popular for a reason: It gets the job done and does it well. It’s easy to find, comes in a variety of colors, and doesn’t involve searching for calcium carbonate all over the town.

However, by making your own, you may be able to save a little money, especially if you’ve got your eye on more than one project. You may also be able to more significantly customize your piece, as the color choices are endless when using the recipe above.

All of these reasons point to the satisfaction of trying out a version at home. This recipe will definitely suit the needs of the novice painter, providing a paint that is at once versatile and beautiful.


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