DIY Chalk Paint Recipes

Many of you have asked me what DIY Chalk Paint recipes I like best.  I have posted them below in my order of preference.

To read and learn more about how to make and use DIY Chalk Paint, see these posts.

Testing 1…2…3…Versions of DIY Chalk Paint

DIY Chalk Paint Review

Mixing DIY Chalk Paint Ingredients in One Batch

1.  I like the hard finish that is achieved in this recipe when you mix Calcium Carbonate Powder with Plaster of Paris.   If you want to age your piece by sanding a lot of the paint off, use the Calcium Carbonate Powder alone. Do not add Plaster of Paris.

If you want a highly durable finish with only a little or no distressing created by sanding the finish, then use this recipe.

You can buy Calcium Carbonate Powder at your local health food store, or on Amazon.  Some readers have bought it in bulk online and at beer and wine making supply stores.  I use the NOW Brand.  It is made for bone health – you drink it as a nutritional supplement. To read more about it, see my post: DIY Chalk Paint Review Update


DIY Chalk Paint Recipe using Calcium Carbonate Powder and Plaster of Paris

2. Making a mix using just Calcium Carbonate creates a velvety smooth mix that would work well in paint sprayers and distresses beautifully when sanded.

DIY Chalk Paint Recipe using Calcium Carbonate Powder

3.  Plaster of Paris and Non- Sanded grout are the first two mixes I made when I discovered the world of DIY chalk paint and painted with.  They both work fine, but you can’t use latex paint that has a primer in it or an acrylic. It will bind the mix into mud.

Valspar Premium paint and most craft paints will bind.  If using Valspar use the “contractor” grade of paint. When I use either of these two ingredients, I only make it up in small batches.  If you want to make a quart or more, use the Calcium Carbonate Powder recipe.

DIY Chalk Paint Recipe for Non Sanded Grout and Plaster of Paris

Comments

  1. Kevin Larson says

    Diane, do you know if adding in the calcium carbonate and/or plaster to BLACK paint will lighten the color at all? Going to try black, but it needs to match my trim. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Kevin – I have not made black chalk paint yet, so I cannot be sure. One reader told me Plaster of Paris lightened her black paint, another reader had no problem. The darkest paint I have used with CCP is navy blue. It did not lighten the paint. I was quite happy how it looked. I think it is very important when mixing dark paint colors is to make sure the powder is completely dissolved before adding it to the paint. If it isn’t you may see the white from the powder streaking in the brush strokes. Using warm water will help the powder dissolve better.

      • patricia mcdaniel says

        If you want to be SURE not to alter the black paint color, you can purchase black unsanded grout. I purchased “oops” paint at Lowes and used black grout in it and it’s very,very black and took only one coat and went on very smoothly. Looks great.

        • says

          Hi Patricia – Thanks so much for sharing this information about the black non sanded grout. Many readers have written about using black paint and I was not sure what would work. You just provided the best answer. XO

    • Cassandra says

      I painted my son’s dresser frame all in black with a chalk paint recipe using POP and it did not alter the color at all.

  2. Kevin Larson says

    Thanks, Diane! I wonder if I should just use the Calcium Carbonate? I do like the sound of more durability, though. It will be a conference table that already has nicks. I’m trying to get rid of them.

    Is CCP above the new mixture of both?

  3. Jill says

    Hi Diane, I have made my own chalk paint in the past but have a problem getting the lumps and bubbles out. What do you use to make the chalk paint into a smooth mixture?

  4. Jill says

    Diane, I have used both POP and CCP separately, mixed with warm water. The last paint I used was Behr, paint & primer. Is it the primer that is messing it up? What is the best paint to use?

    • says

      Hi again Jill – I am pretty sure it is the primer. It binds when mixed with a chalk paint ingredient. The acrylic in paint and craft paints can turn to sludge, too. I have learned that most “contractor” paints do not have a primer in them. All paint brands sell contractor paint. It is mcuh cheaper and a bit thinner. I use Glidden Premium in a satin finish sold at Home Depot. It does not have primer in it. It always makes up into a velvety smooth mix especially when I used CCP or Plaster. Of all the ingredients you can use to make chalk paint. CCP alone or mixed with some PoP are all I ever use anymore.

    • says

      Hi Suzanne – Most of the waxes I have used have a mix of wax in them, beeswax being one of them. It should be fine by itself, since it has been used over furniture for ages. Just use thin coats and buff it to a shine.

      • Suzanne Gauvin says

        Thanks Diane, One more question can i use craft paint to add color to different projects. Thanks, Suzanne have a wonderful Easter! :)

        • says

          Hi Suzanne -

          Craft paint will bind up with Plaster of Paris and Non-sanded grout recipes because it has an acrylic in it. I have made chalk paint with it, but have only made it in small batches. It will get thick fast, but you can still paint with it. If you want to use craft paint – mix it with the Calcium Carbonate Powder, it does not bind up as fast with the acrylic in the paint.

  5. allison says

    I just tried to mix together some chalk paint and used your exact recipe with the unsanded grout. I used 2 Tbsp. and about 1 Tbsp. of water and 1 c. of paint. After stirring it together it formed into a large clump and not a paint consistency at all. Where did I go wrong?

    • says

      Hi Allison – What type of paint did you use? The paint can’t be one that has a primer in it already. Valspar has a primer in it. Acrylic craft paints may also bind the paint. I have found that Calcium Carbonate Powder that you can buy for about $6 at the health food store will not bind any paint. It will stay smooth for months – even if you make a quart of it.

  6. says

    Hi Diane,

    Listening to a radio show about gardening. They are using the word lime and calcium carbonate interchangeably. The only added ingredient is possible magnesium. What do u think about chalk paint from lime?

    • says

      Hi Rebecca – Yes you can make chalk paint using Lime. Some say it could be toxic, I think that is why you don’t see more about using it, but it will work if you can find a fine powder form of it. The calcium carbonate powder I use is for bone health – you drink it – not toxic :)

    • margote olson says

      Hi Rebecca, just to add to Diane’s comment, i bought my Calcium Carbonate at my local Shoppers Drug Mart and super cheep, $5.22 for 2 Litres

    • patricia mcdaniel says

      I can;t find it where I live either so I ordered it from Amazon. Be sure and shop through all of it though, as they had varying prices.

    • says

      i buy calcium carbonate powder from my local stock feed supplier- it is $3 per KILO:) thats a lot of powder-much cheaper than health food store etc . for anyone that likes to use bi carb of soda to make paint you can also get this at stock/pet feed stores:)

      • says

        Hi Veronica – Thanks for sharing this information about where to buy the CCP. It is good to know since everyone has access to different types of stores in the area they live. :-)

  7. Nancy says

    Hi-
    Can I use chalk paint over a chair that has craft paint on it? Will the chalk paint adhere properly?
    Thanks,
    Nancy
    PS. Thanks for all your feedback!

    • says

      Hi Nancy – I would go over the surface using 100 grit sandpaper to rough up the surface and knock down the shiny surface first. Clean off the sanding grit and then you can paint right over the craft paint.

    • Cheryl says

      HI Diane, when I just use the Calcium Carbonate in my paint, do I still need to use latex paint without primer? I am sanding the piece first a little like you suggested , but if you go over where you just painted to get the lines out it seems to not cover well. THanks

  8. Ruby says

    Hi Diane,
    Thanks for your tips. I am addicted to chalk paint and make my own as ASCP is so expensive although quicker. I want to paint on upholstered and leather chairs and stencil a pattern on.{ French inspired} Do you have any tips as to how I should do this please?

    Thanks Ruby in Australia

  9. Susie says

    Hi Diane,just finish kitchen table,looks great using both cc & pp,I used the little sample paints of valspar I got with my coupon from southern living,it works great,it’s a satin finish and comes in several colors,just thought I would let you know.I was wondering if I should put something on table top to keep it looking good since it will get a lot of use,any ideas.Thanks:)

    • says

      Hi Susie – I would put wax over it. A light coat of soft wax like Johnsons Paste Wax sold at home improvement stores usually in the paint or cleaning aisles. Rub a thin coat on, wait about 10 minutes and the buff it off with a soft lint free cloth. Repeat the process to get the desired sheen and protection you want. You can also use a water based non-yellowing polyurethane. Minwax Polycrylic is a good one. It comes in satin and gloss finishes.

      • Susie says

        Thanks,I used the wax on my coffee table a couple of weeks ago,still have plenty of the Johnson’s wax.Now my kitchen chairs look like they need changing,think I’m in trouble:)Love the outcome though with this chalk paint mix.Thanks again for sharing,also going to do your roller shade idea,bought the fabric just haven’t found the time to do them.Susie

  10. Edee says

    Hi Diane,

    I happened upon plaster of Paris in the craft section at Wal-Mart. It came in a smaller quantity than at the home improvement stores. It was like $4. I have painted 5 items with it, and I sill have a lot left. It works great. Thanks for all your tips. I have studied your site prior to my projects and value your advice.

  11. Jessy says

    Hi Diane,

    i saw your receipe of chalk paint and i have a question. I live in Austria and when you say grout, which one do you mean…there are many of them at least here :-/ and i am not quite sure wich one to use. There is tile grout and wall grout and and and….so i don’t know wich one it is. Please could you help me in this matter. Thank you in advance! Greetings from Vienna

    • says

      Hi Jessy – Here in the US it is non-sanded tile grout. I rarely use this recipe anymore since I like using the Calcium Carbonate recipe. It makes a much smoother mix. When using the grout, make sure you don’t use latex paint with a primer or acrylic in it. It may bind the mix and turn into sludge. You can still paint with it if this happens, but it will be thick and you will need to sand when the paint is dry to smooth the finish. If distressing to age the piece, the thickness will be sanded down and smoothed when you distress.

  12. Jessy says

    Hi dear Diane, thank you very much for your quick answer. Now i have another question regarding the paint. What exactly do you mean with latex paint, nobody here in Austria in the stores seams to know and i cannot find latex paint in colour. There is only latex paint in white and you can get small botles of the main colors and mix them until you get the color you need. There are paints in different colors but for special surfaces (enamel laquer, resin varmish, gloss paint, boat paint, the most common is dispersion paint and many others especially and only for wood). So i wanna know wich paint shall i use, which formula or compound is it what is meant for your receipe?? I am maybe a little anoying with my many questions but i so would like to make this paint an d redo my furniture with it so i wanna make it right. I tried it with normal white wall paint and plaster of paris it was so runny. You say in your receipe man can use craft paint what exactly do you mean with that? Acryl paint? I use them for decoupage for example, can i use them to make chalk paint? I am sorry for all those questions and for my bad english. I thank you in advance for all your tipps and suggestions. Greetings from Vienna

    • says

      Hi Jessy – I am not sure the exact make up and formulas of the paints that you have in Austria, but what you need is a water based paint. You can’t use an oil based paint. In the US – latex paint is water based and had rubber in it. It is the most common paint.

  13. Jessy says

    Thank you Diane, you helped me a lot. So that means i can use any water based paint?! If that is so than i am happy. So that means i can use acrylic paint as well, or not?!? Or is it that you maybe mean the latex paint that has resin as binder in it and its water based? I asked today i they told me there are almost no more stores who sell the naturally latex paint with natural rubber, those kind of latex paints are even rarely produced and very expencive if you buy them. Todays latex paint is a dispersion paint with a synthetic resin as binder. At least they told me so in the specialized paint store. So is that finally something what i can use??? I am so frustrated already, somehow i cannot manage to do the chalk paint and i am so sorry for all those many questions but you are the pro here and i depend on your experience and knowledge. Here in Austria are the chalk paints not that popular yet in whole austria there are just 2 stores who sell the annie sloan paint and that paint is really really expensive. :-( Around 35 euros for 250ml of paint that is crazy.

    • says

      Acrylics in water based paint may bind when mixed with the Non Sanded grout or Plaster of Paris, not with the Calcium Carbonate Powder. It all depends on the paint and the amount of acrylic in it. You may have to experiment a little.

  14. Jessy says

    Hi Diane,

    i just wanted to tell you i tried it out and i succeded. I am so happy. I tried your cc receipe with two kinds of pain.t First i tried it with a small bottle of simple paint for in and outside and it worked, i then tried it with usual wall paint (dispersion with a little bit creme color in it) and i also succeded. I wish i could atach some photos to show you. My chairs look great now and the shelfboard too. Thank you so much for your receipe and for all the suggestions. I am really happy about the outcome. Greetings from vienna

    • says

      This is so good to hear. After I had my first success using DIY chalk paint, I have painted every piece of furniture since then with it. I love how the pieces come out. I see more DIY chalk painting in your future. :-)

    • Josephine says

      Dear Jessy, I’m from Europe too and I have the same problem with the paints. So, what kind of paint did you use exactly, colored dispersion for walls and did you put water in it? Calcium carbonate in chalk powder, isn’t it? Thank you so much.

      • Jessy says

        Dear Josephine, yes i tried it with wall dispersion and chalk pouder (CC) altough i must say it works with the other paint better at least it looks better. If you like you can send me your email adress and i will send you some pics of the things i did with both kind of paint and you can see the difference, i also can send you the brand name of the paint, as you are also from europe maybe you can purchase the same paint.
        I always used Diaanes CC receipe as ground basis, with the dispersion paint and with the other paint. With white dispersion i am not quite satisfied but with a intensive colour for example i used my self mixed ”aqua turqouise, light blue something :-) ” and painted with that a small piece it looks very nice. Altough i still did not do de finish with wax…maybe if i do that it will change how it looks. But if you like send me your e-mail (my is zeljkab@live.at) and i send you pictures. Greetings from very very rainy vienna

  15. Jessy says

    Now i have one question, i dont have any wax at home now, do i have to wax it immidiately after i paint the pieces or can i do it tomorrow too? Will it effect the result and the quality if i do it tomorrow?
    Thx in advance

  16. Myra (Mickey) Goddard says

    HiDiane, I just love love your blogs about using chalk paint. I wrote you once before about 6 Parsons chairs chairs I wanted to (I thought) make slipcovers for. However I just can’t seem to get to it just now. I am thinking of using chalk paint on the fabric to cover the magic marker damage on 2 of the chairs, and also use chalk paint for the wood part. Now I have done a lot of fabric painting in the past, but never tried to do chair seats and backs. I did see on another site that makes the chalk paint that it can be used on fabric. Will your d.i.y. recipe work as well ?My budget is limited, and it would be super if I could use your recipe, and also use it on the wood frame, in a different color. Just worry about it coming off when people sit on the chairs. Have you painted fabric with the calcium carbonate recipe? By the way, you have the most interesting and doable things on your site. Love all your projects.
    TIA
    MickeyG.

    tia

    • says

      Hi Mickey – I have not tried it on fabric yet, but think the Calcium Carbonate Powder would work, since it mixes up the smoothest. You can thin your mix with some extra water so it soaks into the fabric. Once it is dry, you can wax it so the finish feels like leather.

  17. says

    I used CC from the recipe I got from Salvaged Inspirations and used 8oz Valspar, 4 oz of CC. BIG difference than your recipe. Would like to try less obiously to save $$. It was readlly thick, but one coat was really what I mainly needed. No water was used in the original recipe, but added more a few weeks later for another project as it has thickend even more. But I agree, it distressed beautifully!

  18. Carolee Wolf says

    Thanks so much for all of these recipes! I painted the cabinet in my kitchen a while ago and it has held up so well! I had a question for you. Have you ever painted metal with the chalk paint? I wanted to paint some metal cabinets in my classroom and I was thinking of trying the calcium carbonate and Plaster Paris recipe. What do you think?
    Thanks,
    Carolee

    • Teresa Champion says

      I use chalk paint on metal. When you wax over it the finish turns out spectacular. I’ve done vintage lamps and old ceiling tiles. The tiles were so rusty I thought they were a loss. The chalk paint and wax made them look fantastic. Wish I could post a pic.

      • says

        Hi Teresa – I have not painted metal with it yet, but have heard all good things – your comment makes me want to paint a metal piece right now. The ceiling tiles sound fabulous!!!

  19. BC says

    Hello, I love your site! How much calcium carbonate do I need for a gallon of acrylic paint? Also should I use a paint brush or a roller to paint my hutch? And last question, I notice you got paint on the windows of your hutch is that because it comes off easily or should I still tape my windows/glass.

    • says

      When I make chalk paint, I have never made more than a quart at a time. It goes a long way. For a quart I use about 8 T of CCP. 4 quarts to a gallon. 8 x 4 = 32. I think I would get 4 quarts instead of a gallon since you may not need a gallon for the hutch. I would test it out using acrylic paint. I use simple latex with no primer or acrylic mentioned on the label. I would use a foam roller with rounded ends to paint the flat parts of your hutch and a 2″ angled brush for the rest. Sometimes I find it is easier to just paint on the glass and not take the time to tape it off. I simply use a razor blade to remove it after I paint.

  20. Angel says

    Hi Diane, i am a little confused. Some web sites say that you can use paint with primer iin it some say no. Reading your previously answers, i understood that is ok to use latex paint with CC but not with POP. Did i get it rigth? Thanks.

  21. Angel says

    I meant to say, it is ok to use latex paint with primer in it when using calcium carbonate to make the recipe.

    • says

      Hi Angel -

      I have only used the CCP recipe with paint without primer. If you have a paint that is a Paint + Primer formula on hand, try mixing up only a cup and see what happens. If it does not turn to sludge after mixing and still stays smooth after 15 minutes you will be able to use it.

      • Cheryl says

        I use the CC with latex paint with primer all the time and it never turns to mud or sludge

        • says

          Hi Cheryl – This is good to know. I think the CCP is safe to use with any type of paint, but with so many different formulas, I always try to play it safe since I am trying to safe money and not waste it. If using the Plaster of Paris and Non Sanded grout that will turn to sludge when mixed with a paint + primer in one. :-) I use only the CCP now and if I want a super durable finish I add a tablespoon or two of PoP.

  22. Katrina says

    I would like to know how this DIY chalk paint goes on fabric please. I would like to paint a couch which has a very distinctive pattern so I am thinking I may have to use a charcoal colour to cover it. I would greatly appreciate your help.

    • says

      Hi Katrina – Yes you can use chalk paint to paint fabric. You can also use latex with fabric medium (sold in the same aisle as craft paint) mixed in to paint fabric. Either way chalk paint or paint with fabric medium mixed in – the fabric will be covered, but stiffer once dry. It may crunch when you sit on it. I have been told that if you wax over chalk painted upholstery, it will look like leather. One tip: Brush the paint on in one direction. If you go back and forth with the brush you will raise the fibers and when the fabric is dry, the paint may look uneven and the fibers will be raised in some parts and not others. This does not look good. Also the tighter the weave and lower the fiber – thy better it will look. Velvet may not look so good once dry because of the raised fibers. You don’t have to use s charcoal color – you can block out the pattern first with white or charcoal and then add a second coat in the color you want.

      • Katrina says

        Thank you Diane. I will give it a go and let you know how it goes. The couch is a tight woven fabric. I have done a test on a small cushion and it feels a little rough – should I sand inbetween coats? I may even try using a roller. I have made the CC & POP chalk recipe – would it be less gritty if I left out the POP or CC? I did have a small pot of AS paint and the test patch I did with that the fabric was smooth. A litre in Australia is $70.00 which makes it very expensive. Anyway have nothing to lose and only experience to gain.

        • says

          Yes, I would sand between coats to keep the paint smooth. For a less gritty mix, use just CCP. It is the smoothest of all the chalk paint ingredients I have tried.

        • patricia mcdaniel says

          Wow, that is very expensive. If you could buy it(chalk paint) from me in the U.S. for $20.00 per quart, plus shipping, do you think you would be interested ? I make and sell it here, but haven’t sent it to Australia. I would need your location to get you a shipping price. Contact me through e-mail at patpattymac10@yahoo.com

  23. Lyn Haast says

    Hi Dianne I hope this is the right place to ask a question. I am wanting to know if I can use metallic paint with the calcium carbonate. Many thanks Lyn

    • says

      Hi Lyn – Good question. I have never tried it so I am not sure. If it does not have a primer or acrylic in it, it should be fine. I also would make it up with Calcium Carbonate Powder. It is the one recipe that mixes well into all the paints I have tried even if the do have a primer in them already. Plaster of Paris and the non sanded grout can get thick. I would love to hear how it comes out – I bet it would look really nice. What brand of metallic paint do you want to use? I would like to try it out myself.

  24. Tricia medina says

    Hi Diane, my question is; I have left over sample paint, Sherwin-Williams acrylic latex satin, so can I use this with Plaster of Paris or should I use CCP?
    Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Tricia – It might be fine. Some acrylics mix fine with PoP, others don’t so I just always want readers to know that it could bind a mix. If you have not bought the PoP yet, I would use the CCP since it mixes up into a very smooth mix even in an acrylic.

  25. barbara says

    Can you mix pop with Martha Stewarts metallic paint? I believe the metallic is water or latex based.

    Thanks in advance.
    Regards
    Barbara

    • says

      Hi Barbara – I have not used this paint yet, so I can’t be sure. If you have both, try mixing up a small amount together. An 1/4 tsp PoP mixed into water, then stirred into a 1/4 cup of the paint to see what happens. I will but a sample pot on my next trip to Home Depot so I can test it out. I am interested in finding out.

    • says

      Hi Again Barbara – Not sure if you saw the reply from another reader of my blog, Kim. She used the Martha Stewart paint. Here is what she wrote:

      Hi – Wanted to let Barbara know that I have made my own chalk paint using Martha Stewards Metallic paints and they worked out great!

      • barbara says

        Thank you so much for the info. What a great site.

        Will be back again and again!!!

        Barbara

  26. Margaret says

    Hi Diane,
    Your post is so awesome and helpful!!! What happens if you use solvent-based Minwax wipe-on poly over the CCP plus PoP? I’m doing a dining room table, and I want the most indestructible/ long-lasting finish possible- and the easiest , and not break the bank. That’s not asking much, is it? ;) I’ve also seen great reviews for Varathane Satin Diamond Elite floor finish. What do you recommend? And what method of application? Thanks so much!
    Margaret

    • says

      Hi Margaret -

      I have only used soft wax and water-based poly and water-based glazes over the chalk painted pieces I have painted. I do not like putting solvent or oil-based products over it since it will darken and yellow the color. Most water-based polys are super durable. I have not used the Varathane Satin Diamond, but used Zinseer Ultimate Poly on my staircase that gets tons of abuse and it has held up well. If you use a foam brush don’t press too hard or you will get air bubbles. I would use a high quality brush to apply the poly. You can wet sand with 220 or higher wet sandpaper (its black) in between the coats of the poly to get a super smooth finish. Let it dry well and cure for a week or as long as you can before using.

  27. Elizabeth says

    What a great comparison! I am just now getting into chalk painting and have been debating which recipe to use. My mother in law uses the plaster of paris recipe. Since you have had such great results with the calcium carbonate, my debate is over! My husband is a potter and says that you can easily get calcium carbonate (also goes by the term whiting) at ceramic supply stores. He has gotten it super cheap at bigceramicstore.com and they will deliver it to your door. Happy chalking all!

  28. kim says

    Hi – Wanted to let Barbara know that I have made my own chalk paint using Martha Stewards Metallic paints and they worked out great!

  29. Mikel Driever says

    I want to do different layers of color, so for each layer do I need to wax before I put the next color on or just wax when piece is finished? I want to be able to see certain colors through the others.

    • says

      Hi Mikel – you do not need to wax in between coats – just after the last coat of paint. When you sand you will expose all the colors underneath. I would also apply each coat lighter in areas where you would like more color to show through. I would also use the Calcium Carbonate Powder. It mixes up the smoothest and sands beautifully which will allow you to see the layers of color.

    • says

      I like the look of soft wax over the pieces I use DIY chalk paint on. I have used Polycrylic on a cabinet. It works well, but I like the way the wax brings out the patina in the finish more.

  30. E J says

    Good afternoon Diane. I just made my first batch of chalk paint with CCP. It was too thick, like pudding. Added a bit of water, still too thick. Added a bit more and you guessed it, now to thin. Should I add more paint or CCP or just start over?
    Thank you in advance for your reply.

        • says

          Hi EJ – I would just start from scratch. You only need 2 Tablespoons of CCP to 2 cups of paint. 1/2 cup of CCP is enough to make a quart of chalk paint. If you want to use what you have already made, I would add more paint until you get a smooth consistency, but no more than a quart or you will lose the chalk paint factor to the mix.

          • E J says

            Thank you. In the future, when I use you recipe, will it be the consistency of AS Chalk Paint?

          • says

            Yes – when mixing the CCP recipe together it will be the consistency of Annie Sloan. You will be able to roll or brush it on. There will be no lumps or clumps and goes on velvety smooth.

    • says

      Hi Mikel – No I do not like Minwax paste wax. It is orange and does not go on very smoothly. I like Johnson’s Paste Wax or Fiddes and Sons in clear. You can buy Johnson’s at Lowes in the cleaning aisle. Amazon sells Fiddes and Sons.

  31. margote olson says

    Can I use any kind of latex paint to make chalk paint? I have full cans of semi-gloss latex paint and latex 100 % acrylic, and latex acrylic high-gloss enamel and also latex acrylic flat enamel. So can i use any or all of these mentioned? Thank you in advance.

    • says

      Hi Margote – You can use any finish/sheen latex since when you add the CCP or PoParis it will turn flat no matter what you use. I like using satin, but have used semi-gloss and flat with equally good results. Sometimes, but not all it all depends on each brand of paint, but acrylic latex and latex with primer in it can bind when mixed with PoP and or Non-sanded grout. Calcium Carbonate Powder mixes well in all latex paints. I don’t think I would not use high gloss enamel. The mixture may get too thick. The more basic the latex paint, the better for making DIY chalk paint.

      • margote olson says

        Thank you for your quick response Diane, WOW! But I just wanted to ask another question regarding Calcium Carbonate and the specialty waxes. I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada, pop. 113,000 and believe it or not we have a very large Michael’s here. I had asked someone online, can’t remember who, where I could buy the soft clear wax, soft dark wax and CC i was told to go to a craft store preferably Michael’s rather than a place like Home Depot. So i searched everywhere today: Michael’s, Home Depot, Home Hardware, Lowes, and other smaller craft stores and no one carries these specialty waxes nor CC. I found PoP at Michael’s but i’m told CC is a silkier smoother finish especially if you don’t want to stress your furniture. Do you know of any other waxes I can use? Do I have to use A.S. brand? Thank you very much in advance and also where to buy CC?

  32. margote olson says

    Hello Diane, I took your advice in one of your comments and bought Johnson’s Past wax clear, but what can i use for the clear dark wax after distressing furniture? I used the clear johnson’s and then buffed it, but am i not supposed to use dark wax as well?

    • says

      Hi Margote – I have only added dark wax or glaze over a few pieces. I like a brighter look on my painted pieces so I hardly ever use it. On the pieces I wanted to darken, I used Antiquing Glaze. You can buy it at Lowes. It is made by Valspar. You can put it on before or after the wax. Check out this post to see a photo of my technique and the bottle: http://inmyownstyle.com/2010/09/before-and-after-table-makeover html

      If you would like to use Dark Wax all the brands make one. Ce Ce Caldwell and Fiddes and Sons are less pricey. I think Home Depot is selling a new line of chalk paint. They have both clear and dark wax. I saw it sold right on the paint desk at the Home Depot I go to. It was with the sample pots of paint.

  33. Christina says

    I bought a tester size of paint to try the CC reipce only out. Im painting a glider in my babies nursery.

    Wondering how much to add to 214ml of paint? Also I bought polycrylic to give it a tough finish… Hoping to paint tonight!

    • says

      Hi Christina – I am not sure how many cups are in 214 ml. If you pour it into a one cup measuring cup, you can mix 2 Tablespoons of CCP into it and 1 tablespoon water.

  34. margote olson says

    Hello Diane, I was wondering if you could assist me with this. I bought a bistro outdoor set and got it for such a good deal couldn’t’ pass it up, but the color is quite drab on the tabletop. It’s made out of very heavy clay and basically the same color as clay dingy taupe color. Can I paint the tabletop with your recipe chalk paint? I use the Calcium Carbonate and water and then wax. Will this hold up with the weather being an outdoor table set or do you think i should use maybe a polyurethane sealer instead of the wax?

    • says

      Hi Margote – The DIY chalk paint will hold up fine, but not the wax. The wax will melt in the sun. I would use a water-based sealer or poly. Zinsser Ultimate Poly is one that I have used in the past that held up well, but any good brand name water based poly/sealer will be good. Use water-based so the poly will not yellow your paint color.

  35. Becky says

    Hi Diane,
    I’m so glad I found your blog…I am painting a table & chairs for my kitchen and I can’t wait to try the chalk paint. One question…doe the paint go farther once you make it into chalk paint? I was wondering if one of those sample pots from Home Depot or Lowes would be enough to paint one chair? I just ordered my calcium carbonate and I can’t wait to get started! : ) Thanks for all of your help!

  36. Coco Tippetts says

    Hi Diane, I’m just wondering if the PoP would be safe to use for dressers in a nursery or on a crib? I have an interior latex paint that has acrylic resin listed as the first ingredient, and wanted to use the CCP recipe but can’t find any CCP in town to use… so I think I might just use PoP, if it’s non toxic

  37. Coco Tippetts says

    Also, what do you think would be the most child-safe way to finish the above projects? Wax or???

    • says

      Hi Again Coco – Water-based polyurethane will be better to use than the wax. Minwax Polycrylic is a good one to use. It comes in a few different sheens.

  38. Debbie Hill says

    Hi Diane, my question is this, I have cleaned with TSP and mineral spirits and even sanded. I have used your recipe with the 2 tablespoons per cup and I’ve also even done 4 tablespoons per cup and my paint still keeps peeling. I have even used the Webster’s mix. Would you know what would be causing this because I seem to be doing all this prep for nothing. Your help is very much appreciated :-)

    • says

      Hi Debbie – For prepping for chalk paint you don’t need to use Mineral Spirits – that is for cleaning a surface after you remove old stain or poly. As far as the TSP, you don’t even need to use it before using chalk paint. I use soap and water. I am not sure if either of these could be causing the problem especially if you rinsed them off well before applying the chalk paint. When prepping for chalk paint all that is needed is a light going over the surface with 100 grit sandpaper on a sanding block. 5 – 10 mins is all that is needed, just enough to rough up the surface a bit. Then cleaning off the grit with a rag with soap and water. Once it is rinsed off – you can paint with chalk paint.

      Is the paint peeling or scratching off? How long are you waiting to see if the paint is adhered? It can sometimes take a few weeks for it to cure.

  39. jennifer says

    HI! I have several pieces i want to try chalk paint on. I saw the list of ingredients, do you also give instructions on how to do it? I got confused looking through the tips of painting as i thought with chalk paint you didn’t need to sand first? Ill continue browsing your web site to see if i missed it. Also do i finish it with wax? stain?? Thank you!! Jennifer:)

    • says

      Hi Jennifer – One of chalk paints selling features is that you do not have to sand, but when I attended an Annie Sloan workshop, the instructor told us she always goes over the surface with sandpaper. I agree. It can’t hurt and will only help with adhesion. I use 100 grit sandpaper on a sanding block for a quick 5 – 10 minute going over the surface just to rough it up a bit. You can find many tutorials on my blog on how to paint with it. Check this page for a list of the projects:

      http://inmyownstyle.com/category/chalk-paint

      As far as what to finish your painted piece with is up to your style and preference.I like to use clear wax and if I want an antique look I used antiquing glaze first before waxing. You can use antiquing wax, too, but I prefer the glaze. You can use water-base Polyurethane to seal instead of wax. Minwax Polycrylic is a good one. I like the look of the wax better than poly. I think it give the finish a better looking patina.

  40. Alison says

    Quick question… Do I need to sand the surface first? Im painting a wood dresser that has been stained. I know with other chalk paints you don’t need too. Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Alison – It never hurts to sand the surface a bit with sandpaper on a hand sanding block just to rough up the surface a bit. It will only help the paint adhere even better. I always do this and at an Annie Sloan workshop I attended 2 years ago, the instructor told us – she always goes over every piece with a piece of sandpaper, even though one of the selling features is that you don’t have to sand. What that really means is you don’t have to sand it hard and to the bare wood. :-)

  41. D. Gatewood says

    Hi Diane – I made a batch of chalk paint and used paint with primer by accident (the paint was Ben Moore Regal Antique White – Matte finish). When I applied it to my piece it is very streaky and looks just terrible. First, is there anyway to “save” this paint and use it? Secondly, I assume I can just make a fresh batch using the correct type of paint and paint right over my first mess? Any tips on the best way to do this?

    • says

      What DIY recipe are you using? You may be able to sand over the paint to smooth it out. Use 100 grit sandpaper on a sanding block. You may like the way it looks after you smooth it out this way. If not – you can simply paint right over with a new batch of paint. Chalk paint is very flat and does not look its best until it is waxed.

      As far as the mixed paint – I don’t think it is worth saving if it got thick. I like to use Calcium Carbonate Powder alone now or with only add a little Plaster of Paris mixed in if I want a super durable finish. It never gets thick and can be used with any paint. Plaster of Paris alone has to be used with no primer added paint. I also just made a batch of DIY chalk paint using chalk used in the tool to make a chalk line on floors. So far – I like it. I will post more about it soon.

  42. Cathy says

    I’ve had problems with DIY chalk paint using POP. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong for the longest time. Even if I mixed a tablespoon of POP w/ a quarter cup of water and mixed thoroughly before adding my paint, the mixture would turn into a near solidified clump as soon as I added the paint. Adding water did NOTHING to thin it out; it only broke up the one big clump into a bazillion, unpaintable clumps!! What I discovered a little while later (after picking the brain of a Lowe’s employee) was that our city/state had laws in place that restricted the use of certain additives in our pain, in ordert to reduce VOC’s (guess we’re ‘killing’ the enviornment w/ paint fumes….PLEASE!!!!). This was an ‘ah ha!!’ moment for me! Our (crazy) city & state regulations prohibit the use of paints w/ certain ingredients in them and this could be the ONLY answer I have to explain a poor DIY chalk paint recipe outcome! SO many blogs rave about how easy it is to make their own chalkpaint, but I get a glumped mess. To test this theory further, I found some old latex paint in our garage (which was several years old) and guess what? The POP blended smoothly into this paint!

  43. says

    Hi Diane, I would like to know a way to make the chalk paint last longer. It gets ruined in just a few days. Have you found out a way yet?

    • says

      Hi Gabriela – When making chalk paint with Non-Sanded grout or Plaster of Paris, I only make it in small batches since it will eventually get thick. The longest I ever had a batch was 6 months. I now use Calcium Carbonate Powder to make my chalk paint. It will last forever. If I am doing a table top or a surface that is going to get heavy use, I add 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris to the mix. When I do this, I only make as much as I think I am going to need, since the PoP will eventually harden the paint. When using just Calcium Carbonate Powder your paint will stay smooth in an air tight can.

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