How to Make Chalk Paint

You may have heard a little about this new craze – chalk paint.  The fact is, chalk paint has become pretty popular around the DIY crown.  It is especially used for repurposing old furniture and decor items.  The reason it is so beloved is because this stuff sticks to just about anything which decreases prep time, and who would doesn’t want to get their projects done more efficiently?  In addition to wood, you can use chalk paint on metal and glass.  How awesome is that?  And when you are finished, you end up with a professional looking velvety finish.

So, without further ado, here are all the things I love about chalk paint.

Little or No Prep
You can paint old furniture and other items with chalk paint without prepping your work beforehand.  That means you can quickly get to work making something you love without all the sanding and priming you would have to do using a latex paint.  Seriously, chalk paint adheres to just about any surface, which is why you can use it on top of finishes.

Awhile back my mother-in-law gave me a small table that she had painted red for Christmas.  I decided to use the table in my house, but I wanted it to be white instead.  I painted the table with chalk paint and had a nice looking piece of furniture in just one afternoon.

Good for Stenciling
Chalk paint does not bleed as easily as other paints that have a higher water content.  That is what makes chalk paint ideal for painting using stencils.  This goes for traditional stencils as well as the vinyl stencils we sell.  When using a stencil, It is best to use a dabbing painting method instead of horizontal brushing.

Very Forgiving
Chalk paint is typically used to create a farmhouse style.  It is meant to be sanded and distressed after painting.  Because of this, chalk paint is very forgiving.  It is a great option for novice painters.

You can buy chalk paint online or at home improvement and craft stores, or you can make your own.  So, now that your interest is piqued, here is a tried and true recipe for making your very own chalk paint.

Chalk Paint
1 Part Plaster of Paris
1 Part Warm Water
3 Parts Latex Paint

Mix the plaster of paris and warm water together until dissolved, and then add the latex paint until smooth.  A little paint goes a long way.  This recipe with 1 1/2 cups of latex paint should be enough for one coat on a regular size dresser.

Let me know how you use chalk paint.  I would love to see your next project.

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