Chalk Paint Recipe

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Chalk Paint Recipe
Chalk Paint Recipe
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Give any piece of furniture or DIY home decor project a fresh coat of paint with this Chalk Paint Recipe! This recipe is incredibly easy and wildly inexpensive and, in fact, you will have your own paint in minutes for just two dollars. This homemade chalk paint recipe is perfect for small painting projects or to retouch your home decor pieces. Using different paint craft colors, you can give your home a pop of color with these chalk paint ideas.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniquePainting


Project TypeMake a Project


10 Tips and Fun Facts About Chalk Paint

  1. Chalk paint is not the same as chalkboard paint. While chalkboard paint is for when you want to write on a wall or furniture with chalk, chalk paint is a totally different product.

  2. Like the name suggests, the paint finish is quite matte, which means that there’s little sheen or shine. But, you can get a satin finish (slight sheen) if you buff the piece after painting.

  3. Chalk paint is sometimes called “no prep” paint. That being said, you should still prep a bit if your piece has a lot of scratches or if it’s very dirty. So make sure to clean the surface and fill any holes.

  4. You usually don’t need to sand or prime before painting. That saves you a lot of money and time!

  5. Make sure you have enough chalk paint before starting. There’s a big difference in the end result when you run out of paint and have to run to the store, so use an online paint coverage calculator to figure out how many gallons you’ll need.

  6. You can pretty much paint over anything with chalk paint: fabric, metal, plastic, wood, and even glass.

  7. If you want the chalk paint to go on easier or smoother, thin it out with water.

  8. If you love a distressed finish, after painting, use sandpaper to distress the paint.

  9. Chalk paint is very durable, but only if you seal it properly. Use wax after the paint dries, applying it the way you would apply hand cream.

  10. You can even use chalk paint on outside pieces. You just need to let it harden overnight; and, there’s no need to wax.

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I love how easy this tutorial is. I have been fixing an old wooden base lampshade i bought from a thdift store and i think a rustic look would make it look amazing. I am super excited and can't wait to share the results.

I do love to use chalk paint on certain items and like the idea of being able to make my own! I usually buy from either a craft store or sometimes from a hardware store, but they don't always have the exact color a project demands. This recipe is a bit different than the ones I have seen that use Plaster of Paris, and I am curious as to the difference in the recipes and the outcome of each. I may do my own experiment to see what I come up with. I agree with the chalk paint tips section that says how easy it is to use chalk paint, the amount of prep time is much less than if you were sanding, staining and protecting with Polycrylic or another type of protective finish.

I am blown away that you can make your own chalk paint!!! I just can't afford to buy the commercial chalk paint, but I absolutely love the look of it. This is such an easy method and really wouldn't cost a whole lot to create. I have some tiny boxes that I think I will try this out on. I'm so excited to see how they turn out!


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