Diy Chalk Paint Recipe are easy to make and will save you money, if you are an avid painter of furniture or decor items. After spending a day trying to locate a brand name chalk paint in my area and then spending way too much on such a little amount, left me frustrated. I had several large pieces of furniture that I wanted to paint and at this rate the paint would end up costing me more than the furniture did!
So I set out to find the best diy chalk paint recipe for me. Now there are a lot of different recipes out there for making chalk paint, the one I am sharing with you today is the one that I like best for my applications. I have mixed many batches of this recipe, in different colors, which I have used on many different applications and it has not failed me yet.
This recipe uses Plaster of Paris, which is easily found both on line and in big boxed hardware/paint stores, such as Lowes or Home Depot. Many of the paint colors which I have purchased to use in this recipe, have been on the “oops” shelf. Most paint stores have an “oops” section of paint that they have mixed wrong or the customer didn’t like the finished product. This section is a great way to purchase paint at a discounted price. Whenever I visit a store with a paint department, I must see what they have on the “oops” shelf. Once I was able to score a quart of gray flat paint for $1.75. Yes, you read that right, I think they even “oops’d” on the price too!
- Flat latex paint
- Plaster of Paris
- Glass mixing bowl
- Glass measuring cup
- Wood stir stick
I use both a glass mixing bowl and measuring cup, which is easily cleaned with soap and water for the next use. Once I used these for mixing paint, I do not reuse them in the kitchen, they are set aside in my garage just for mixing paint.
The ratio is 3:1:1 That is 3 parts paint, 1 part Plaster of Paris and 1 part cool water. For the instructions I will mix 1.5 cups of paint, 1/2 cup Plaster of Paris, 1/2 cup of cool water.
1. Measure out 1/2 cup of Plaster of Paris and add to mixing bowl. Stir in a 1/2 cup of cold water. I found it best to add the water a little at a time, as you are mixing, this way you don’t end up with a clumpy mixture. Mix well, make sure you scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to mix all the Plaster of Paris into the water.
2. Slowly add the paint to the mixture, stirring as you add. Mix well, making sure you scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
Your paint is now ready to use!
Storing the Chalk Paint:
Some recipes state not to store the paint, or can be saved up to 6 months. I personally save my left over chalk paint in glass mason jars. They are kept in a cabinet in the garage, so no light gets to them. My paint does not sit around for more than 6 months before I use it all, so I have not been able to test the limit of “save for up to 6 months”. I do try to mix in small batches, unless I am doing a large project.
Here are a few pieces that are in my studio, which I have painted using this Diy Craft Paint Recipe. This is an old buffet, which I purchased at an auction for an inexpensive price. The top had water damage, which did not bother me, as I knew it would be painted. I have so much stuff on it in my studio, you can’t see the top anyways. 🙂
This was a plain wood dresser, which I painted with white and turquoise chalk paint. I used the same turquoise paint as above, but I added a little white to it to soften the color a bit, so the two pieces did not match exactly in color.
As you can see mixing your own chalk paint is quick and easy, not to mention it will save you money too. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I inspired you to mix a batch of chalk paint for your next project! There are several projects I need to complete using this diy chalk paint recipe, what projects would you use this on?