Many of you have asked me what DIY Chalk Paint recipe I use the most. I use the Calcium Carbonate Powder recipe. If I want a super durable finish, I may add a little bit of Plaster of Paris to the mix, but not too much as PoP can (not always) make the chalk paint mix thick. It is still usable, but only for a one time use. There will be nothing left over.
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, don’t use this recipe, 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 Calcium Carbonate and Plaster of Paris recipe.
Other Recipes I No Longer Use
Plaster of Paris and Non- Sanded grout were the first two mixes I made and used when I discovered the world of DIY chalk paint. They both work fine, but when you use latex paint that has a primer in it or an acrylic, the mix may thicken and will only be able to be used once.
To read and learn more about how to make and use DIY Chalk Paint, see these posts.