DIY chalk paint recipes that you can make to paint furniture. Making your own chalk paint will save you money while allowing you to paint your furniture and more the exact paint color you want. You no longer have to choose from a limited color selection that a brand name of chalk paint makes.
Post Updated: 2/4/2020
What DIY Chalk Paint Recipe is the Best to Use on Furniture?
Readers have asked me what DIY Chalk Paint recipe I use the most when I paint furniture. My answer is they all work, but here are a few pros and cons of each chalk paint recipe that I think are the best and that you can make at home.
DIY Chalk Paint Recipes
Chalk Paint Recipe # 1: Calcium Carbonate Powder
- I like it because it mixes up into a smooth consistency.
- Any leftovers, if the container is sealed well, will last for a long time.
- Making a mix using Calcium Carbonate Powder creates a velvety smooth mix that would work well in paint sprayers and distresses beautifully when sanded.
How to Make DIY Chalk Paint Using Calcium Carbonate Powder
- Mixing bowl
- 2 Tablespoons Calcium Carbonate Powder
- 1 Tablespoon of warm water
- 1 cup latex paint
- In a mixing bowl, mix together calcium carbonate powder and warm water. Stir well to create a smooth pancake like batter consistency. If too thick, add a little more water and stir well.
- Make sure all the powder is dissolved in the water.
- Pour the mix into a cup of latex paint and stir very well.
To Make a Quart of DIY Chalk Paint Using Calcium Carbonate Powder
- Mix 8 tablespoons of Calcium Carbonate Powder and 4 tablespoons of water. Stir well to make sure powder is dissolved. Pour into a quart of paint and mix well.
Where to Buy Calcium Carbonate Powder to Make Chalk Paint?
- You can buy Calcium Carbonate Powder at your local health food store, or on Amazon. Some readers have bought it in bulk online and farm supply or at beer and wine making supply stores.
Chalk Paint Recipe #2: Calcium Carbonate and Plaster of Paris Chalk Paint Recipe
- If I want a super durable finish, I may add a little bit of Plaster of Paris to my calcium carbonate mixture, 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 as it dries out fast.
- 2 Tablespoons Calcium Carbonate Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Plaster of Paris
- 2 Tablespoons warm water
- Mix powders together and then add water and mix well so the mix is like pourable pancake batter. Add more warm water a little at a time if needed.
- Once powders are dissolved , add 2 cups latex paint. Stir well to mix.
- If you plan to add Plaster of Paris to your chalk paint mixture then use a basic latex paint. One without a primer in it will be the best. Generic brands or contractor paint works better when adding Plaster of Paris.
- 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 Chalk Paint Recipes I No Longer Use
Plaster of Paris and Non-Sanded grout were the first two chalk paint recipe mixes I made and used when I discovered the world of DIY chalk paint. They both work OK, but are gritty and when you use latex paint that has a primer in it or an acrylic, the mix may thicken and will you won’t be able to use it after a few hours as it dries out fast.
Chalk Paint Making Tips:
- No matter what recipe you use, get it made up in an eggshell or satin finish. No need to get a gloss. Flat paint can be used, but I have found it can become too flat when CCP or PoP are added.
- Use warm water when mixing the powder as it will help dissolve the powder faster.
- Never add the powder directly to the paint. It will be a lumpy mess.
- When finished using the chalk paint. Store in an airtight container. I save coffee containers where I can pop the air out of from under the lid.
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