There are several ways to mix your own chalk paint, but we prefer this homemade chalk paint recipe because it is easy and inexpensive. Other recipes call for baking soda, plaster of Paris, or grout. Unfortunately, these additives can create a gritty texture that doesn’t store well. In contrast, this DIY chalk paint has a smooth, sandable finish that can be reused time and time again.
DY Chalk Paint Overview
We love this chalk paint recipe because the result is very similar to store-bought brands. This paint has a high-quality finish because actual chalk is used to create the desired texture. If you want to learn how to make this homemade chalk paint, follow the instructions below.
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Use a stir stick to mix a quart of latex paint thoroughly. Pour the paint into a large mixing bowl.
In a separate mixing bowl, add 2 cups of calcium carbonate. Slowly add warm water to the bowl and mix the powder and water with a whisk. Keep adding water until you’ve achieved a pancake batter consistency.
Slowly add the calcium carbonate/water mixture into the mixing bowl while stirring with a whisk. Smooth out any lumps using the whisk. You can use a hand mixer on the low setting if needed.
After the paint and calcium carbonate are mixed thoroughly, observe the paint’s consistency. If the mixture is too thick, add a small amount of lukewarm water and stir with a paint stir stick.
Pour the paint back into the original paint quart container and store any remaining paint inside a well-sealed container. Mix the paint well before use.
This chalk paint recipe costs under $20 to make if you purchase a quart of paint for around $10 and a pound of calcium carbonate for about $5. Prices might change, but you’ll still be saving a significant amount of money. Consider that a quart of Annie Sloan chalk paint costs nearly $40.