Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of chalk paint.  As a painting contractor of 15+ years, I have tested just about every oil-based paint, latex paint, and chalk-based paint on the market.  This DIY chalk paint recipe is the best one I have tried.

Learn to make your own homemade chalk paint in any color at a fraction of the cost of name brand chalk-based paints.


The problems with DIY chalk paint:

One thing I have always loved about chalk paint is the chalky, vintage look that the paint delivers.  One thing I have always disliked is the small selection of colors available.

I loved the idea of making my own chalk paint but I ran into the following hiccups:

  • Plaster of Paris mixture —> Smooth consistency but mixure dries up too fast
  • Unsanded Grout —> Too clumpy
  • Baking Soda —> Extremely gritty
  • Calcium Carbonate —> Need to make sure you are buying 100% Calcium Carbonate.  It is tough to find.

Well…not anymore!  I have finally found a Calcium Carbonate that is perfect for making the best homemade chalk paint…THIS IS LIFE CHANGING PEOPLE!!!!  Watch the video below.


DIY Chalk Paint Recipe:

  • 1 Cup latex paint in any color
  • 4 Tablespoons Chalk Mix
  • 2 Tablespoons water

Mix Well.


How to make your own chalk paint:

the best homemade chalk recipe

1)  Lightly sand the piece with 220-grit sandpaper

the best homemade chalk paint recipe

2)  Clean with Krud Kutter or another de-greaser. Let dry

the best homemade chalk paint recipe

3)  Using a good quality paint brush such as Purdy, apply one coat of your homemade chalk paint to your piece.  Let dry.

4)  Lightly sand again with your 220-grit sandpaper.  This will do 2 things:

  • most importantly…it will test the paint’s adhesion*
  • knock off any rough edges or imperfections

5)  At this point, you can add a second coat of the same color or switch to a second color for a layered look.  Let dry.

6)  Sand back the edges to distress

7)  Seal with either carnauba wax or polyurethane.  This matte polyurethane is my favorite because it keeps the vintage feel of the piece.

 the best homemade chalk paint

I absolutely love the way this turned out.  The color is perfect and it goes great with the storage makeover project we finished last week.

Here are some other pieces I have used this recipe on:

Learn to make your own homemade chalk paint in any color at a fraction of the cost of name brand chalk-based paints.

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