Turn latex paint into amazing chalk paint with this homemade chalk paint recipe. Out of all of the recipes out there, this is the best (and my personal favorite). The photos in this post are from a few of the makeovers that I’ve done with homemade chalk paint.
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Ahhh chalk paint.
- It distresses like a dream.
- Dries faster than latex.
- Adheres better than latex paint.
- Is perfect for painted furniture makeovers.
- And it’s our go-to type of paint for furniture!
But the name brand stuff can get pretty expensive! Plus with brand name chalk paint, you’re limited to the brands’ color lines.
With homemade chalk paint, you instead have an unlimited amount of color possibilities. That’s where homemade chalk paint comes into play.
You can turn latex paint (you know, the stuff you paint your walls with) into chalk paint. It’s super easy to do too!
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Supplies Used For Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe
- Calcium Carbonate Powder
- Flat* Latex Paint
My go to paint is Behr made into homemade chalk paint. I love the color variety it provides as well as how easy it is to get. I’ve also used Valspar ( from Lowes) and Glidden (from Home Depot) with great success.
Check out this post if you’re wondering what is the difference between chalk paint and regular paint.
*You can use latex paint with a higher sheen if you want! Flat just has the best adhesion to begin with, and it is the most like name brand chalk paint.
How to Make Chalk Paint
Simply dissolve 5 tablespoons of calcium carbonate in a small amount of warm water to create a smooth glaze-like consistency.
Mix it really good so there are no lumps of calcium carbonate left and then pour that into 1 cup of latex paint. I honestly never measure exact amounts – eyeballing works great for this.
Check out this short part of a furniture makeover where I share how to make chalk paint.
Calcium Carbonate Powder Substitute
When we first started painting furniture, we made our chalk paint with Plaster of Paris powder. We used the same recipe, just replaced the Calcium Carbonate Powder with Plaster of Paris.
I loved the recipe, it worked great, except it didn’t store very well. So, if you’re looking for another alternative and don’t plan to store any extra paint, Plaster of Paris is a great option!
**Note: I’ve since used BB Frosch Paint Transformer Powder to make chalk paint from latex paint. It is amazing and much better than my homemade chalk paint recipe.
Check out my honest BB Frosch Paint Transformer Review to learn more about the features and pros and cons of this product.
Painting Furniture with Homemade Chalk Paint
But if you choose to not spray on your paint, you’re good to go with your brush and a fresh batch of chalk paint! Here are the best chalk paint brushes.
Here’s our Painted Hutch Makeover blog post where we used our own homemade chalk paint.
How to Seal Homemade Chalk Paint
After your homemade chalk paint is dry, seal it with water-based polyurethane. Water-based polyurethane gives the furniture a nice smooth finish, makes the paint extra durable, and makes it easier to clean.
That’s all there is to it! Enjoy!
P.S. Chalk paint is great for most pieces of furniture. Keep in mind though, if you’re painting laminate furniture, it is best to prime before using chalk paint, as the chalk paint cannot adhere properly to those finishes.
You may also want to prime your wood furniture, (even if it isn’t shiny!) to prevent bleed through issues.
- Simply dissolve 5 tablespoons of calcium carbonate in a small amount of warm water to create a smooth glaze-like consistency. Mix it really good so there are no lumps of calcium carbonate left.
- Then pour the calcium carbonate mixture into 1 cup of latex paint.
- You can now use the homemade chalk paint to brush paint onto furniture. If you are going to spray paint, thin chalk paint first.
- After your homemade chalk paint is dry, seal it with water-based polyurethane.
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More Chalk Paint Resources
- What is Chalk Paint?
- The Truth About Using Chalk Paint for Furniture
- How to Chalk Paint Laminate Furniture
- Chalk Painting Furniture
- Chalk Paint Problems
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