Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Make Your Own Chalk Paint For $4.00

Hi Everyone.

 I love the chalky appearance of the paint but not the limited colors. 

So what is a girl to do? 
 Make her own chalk paint of course!  

I got to experimenting with different products and this is what I came up with.

Chalk is actually Calcium Carbonate and the product can be purchased in health food stores and at numerous on-line stores.  The cost is around $4.00 for 12 ounces.  

Whiting powder will also give you a similar look for approximately $3.00 for a 1 pound package.  I could not find this locally but it is available on-line.

Plaster of Paris also works well and can be purchased at Michaels or Home Depot.  Home Depot sells 3 pounds for approximately $6.00. 

To get the chalk paint look just add ANY ONE of the above to your latex paint.  The amount you use depends on how chalky you want the paint to look when dry.  I experimented using the sample size paints from Home Depot and  used a ratio of 2/3 paint to 1/3 product.  You may need to add a few drops of water to the paint and occasionally stir it if gets too thick.

I saved and washed out glass jars to mix the paint in.  I have used the paint over and over again and each time I just added a couple of drops of water and stirred really good. 

Do you remember the vanity I painted recently?  Well,  it was my first trial using the homemade chalk paint.  For this I used the Calcium Carbonate and it worked beautifully.  No priming, no sanding required and it covered in two coats.  It also was very easy to distress. 

For the vanity I used approximately 1/4 of the 12 ounce jar of Calcium Carbonate plus a sample size pot of paint.  The total cost was less than $4.00

I just finished painting two mirror frames with latex paint mixed with Whiting Powder and some small items using the Plaster Of Paris.  All of these worked great and I'll be posting pictures soon.

I did not use wax on the vanity but I did use Briwax on several other projects and I liked the sheen it gave them. 
You can also create custom colors by adding acrylic craft paint to the latex and powder mixture.  Chalk paint is cheap to make and now you can have it in any color. 
I have seen others put dry poudered unsanded grout mixed in the paint also.

Just to answer a few questions.

No need to prime or sand the furniture if it is in good condition
If you are using the Calcium Carbonate make sure and buy it in POWDER form and not tablets.
There are no exact measurements here. More powder means more of a chalk look.
I used Behr and Martha Stewart paint sample pots (around 7 oz each) and added approximately 2/3 paint to 1/4 powder.

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  1. I need to try this. I love the look of the chalk paint. If we can make it this is great and cost less.

  2. THANKS for these tips...bookmarked for future experimentation for SURE...and...oooohhhh...just LOVE that beautiful vanity!! Be still my heart!!

  3. Thank you so much for posting this and I appreciate the link! To answer your question I did paint everything in my most recent post using the homemade chalk paint. If you paint something using this formula please let me know. I would love to hear your thoughts and see a picture.

  4. Oh my, I've been drooling over all the chalk paint projects. I'm so glad to have a DIY option that won't break the bank. I can't wait to try it. I need to go to the local paint recycle center to see if there are some latex colors I like and try this technique.

  5. This is awesome! I love the look but not the price of brand name chalk paint--this I will definitely try--thank you for the paint recipe!

  6. I love the look of chalk paint but just can't see paying the price, I so have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Umm I LOVE you for sharing this! Thank you, thank you, thank you! PS I still love this vanity!

    P.S. I'm having a $50 cash giveaway on my blog this week. Come by when you have a chance! :)

  8. Thanks for sharing this idea. Great savings. I love the vanity.

    I am a new follower. Hope you can visit / follow on my blog

  9. I need to try this. This chalk paint is also best to keep needed paper under that glass. You save my money because I was just plan to buy it from online market.

  10. Oh wow! I'm anxious to see more pieces done with the homemade paint. I'm almost out of my quart of ASCP... would be great to achieve similar finish/ease with a greater color palette! Thanks!

    Dana @

  11. Marvelous! Thanks a bunch! MaryC

  12. I can not wait to try this out, thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!

  13. So, so excited to have seen your link-up over at Kissed By a Frog! The title of your post caught my eye, and the content did not disappoint! I've been wanting to jump on the chalk paint bandwagon, but haven't been able to find any in my area. I LOVE that you've shared such a simple and affordable way to make it at home. So fabulous! I'm sharing a link to your post on my Facebook page and am heading back to Kissed By a Frog to give you a "Like"!

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  14. Hi, I'm a new follower. I found you on Freestyle Friday Blog Hop. Hop over and
    say hi if you get a chance Jennifer from Just Wedeminute--

    I was just looking for my recipe of homemade chalk paint and couldn't find it! Good thing I came across your blog.

  15. Thank you so, so much for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17! Your post is by far my favorite post I've seen linked up anywhere in a long time!

    I'm Stumbling, Pinning, and sharing your post on Facebook (again, I think ;-)


  16. Thanks for the recipe! I will have to try it out.

  17. Beautiful thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

  18. THANK YOU so much for this tip!!! I've spent so much money on ASCP - and although I love it dearly, it's so expensive! I am definitely going to try this recipe! THANK YOU!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  19. Looks lovely! I need to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

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  20. are you serious! this is awesome thank you so much for sharing this is huge. I am so excited and pinning this for sure. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  21. When you say chalk board paint,Can my GD use sidewalk chalk to draw on something painted with this chalkboard paint ?


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