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 re-used time and time again.
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. However, we have a disclosure first! Before you paint a family heirloom with chalk paint, make sure you check out this opinion piece on painting antique furniture.
Spoiler: there are times when you absolutely should not paint a piece of furniture.
People have different opinions on the ideal consistency of chalk paint. You don’t want it too thick or too thin. However, if you’re using the paint to add a light wash over an item, you might want to add more water for a thinner consistency. If you want the ultimate coverage, opt for chalk paint that is a little thicker.
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.