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.
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 out 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 a 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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Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe
To make our homemade chalk paint we use Calcium Carbonate Powder, water and latex paint in the flat sheen.
- 5 tablespoons (food grade) Calcium Carbonate Powder
- Small Amount of Water (Couple of Tablespoons -ish)
- 1 Cup 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.
*You can use latex paint with a higher sheen if you want! Flat just has the best adhesion to begin with, and it is 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!
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 fresh batch of chalk paint!
Check out this blue chalk painted nightstand that we brushed on our chalk paint recipe.
How to Seal Chalk Paint
After your homemade chalk paint is dry, seal it with waterbased 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 your furniture has a super shiny or slick finish, 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.