I gave some painting advice to a friend of mine the other day. She wanted to use chalk paint to give her dining room table a makeover. I told her about some of the different brands and where to get them. Then I suggested that she make her own chalk paint like I do!
I love to make homemade chalk paint for three reasons. First, I have an unlimited amount of colors to choose from because I can choose any of the colors the hardware or paint store offers. Second, If I run out of a color, I don’t have to order more online, or drive very far to buy some. Third, you guys know I’m all about saving money, and a quart of paint is only about $15, and it usually lasts through a couple of projects.
I like to think I have perfected this recipe.
Gather your supplies.
- Plaster of Paris…cost about $13 (You can make a ton chalk paint with one of these)
- 1 Quart of latex paint in a flat finish…cost about $15
- 1 disposable cup
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 sifter
- 1 stir stick
Measure 1 tablespoon of Plaster of Paris and sift into the cup.
Add a little bit of water and stir.
Add the paint. I usually add paint until the cup is 1/2 to 3/4 full…then stir.
The paint will come out a little bit thicker than it was originally. I have noticed that if you let the paint sit for a few minutes, it thickens up a little bit more.
This paint can be stored. Just be sure to cover the cup and stir before use. I use aluminum foil if I want to keep it in the cup. Sometimes I just mix my Plaster of Paris/water mixture and add it to the paint in the paint can. I do this if I know I’m using the rest of the paint in that can as chalk paint. Then I can store it that way if needed.
There you have it! Pretty easy huh???
If you try this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments. I would love to hear from you!