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.
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
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.
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.