Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY Chalk Paint

  I've finally started making my own chalk paint, which I was hesitant to do because I'm in love with Annie Sloan's line of chalk paint. However, I'm in need of a few colors that she does not offer. 
Like bright yellow...

What you will need to make your own chalk paint:

-Plaster of Paris 

-Latex Paint 

-Measuring cups and spoons
-Stir stick

How to make chalk paint:

1.) Mix 5Tb of Plaster of Paris with 3TBS of water in a container. Combine until a smooth paste has formed. Add more water/plaster if needed.

2.)In a separate container, measure out 2cups of latex paint.

3.) Combine the plaster paste and paint. Mix well. Keep mixing. And mix some more.  Add a few drops of water, if needed. You can also add more plaster if you want a thicker chalk paint.

This recipe is very flexible and will give you a good base for chalk paint. I almost always end up adjusting it a little as I go. 

Let me know if you try it and what you think! 

I'm sure you're wondering why I need bright yellow chalk paint when I paint everything a light shade of gray, white or duck egg blue. 

Just wait and see! 

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PitterAndGlink said...

I have a question. When using any kind of chalk paint, must you always wax the piece or can you use polycrylic? I've never used chalk paint before because I am unsure about using wax. Also, how well does wax really hold up?

Jamie said...

Elyse, Thanks for sharing the chalk paint recipe! I will have to try this sometime soon. Have a great week! ~ Jamie

MyTwoCents said...

Thanks for this recipe, I've been wanting to try something with chalk paint for a while!

Betty Stapleton said...

Thank you for the recipe, I am from Ontario and the nearest place that sells the paint is a long way away. Have been going to order it, but will try this first. Read a lot of your posts and so interesting. What kind of wax do you use??
Thank you for sharing