Make Your Own Chalk Paint!

Have you heard of chalk paint? It’s so much fun!  I love the way it distresses to turn a cute piece of furniture into your new favorite. It’s a little expensive for me (but hey I’m cheap). Did you know you can make your own?!? How awesome is that? My recipe is one I have adapted from several other recipes. Mix however it works best for you. Since painting furniture with chalk paint has been my latest addiction, I decided to write a blog about it!

Here is what you will need:

  1. Something to paint (duh)
  2. Paint (another duh)
  3. Brushes
  4. Stir sticks
  5. Plaster of pairs (which can be found in your local Rural King)
  6. Water
  7. Sand paper
  8. A mixing container(which can be found in your local Rural King)
  9. Sand paper(which can be found in your local Rural King)
  10. I like to use a dry erase marker
  11. Wax
  12. A lint free cloth (I use old t-shirts)


I start by picking the piece I wanna paint and then choosing what color I think it wants to be. For this post I chose this cute little stool I’ve had hanging around the house for awhile. I decided it was just screaming to be yellow. So I grabbed a can of yellow “oops” paint I’ve also had for a little while and got to work.

When you mix your chalk paint you want to mix the plaster of first because it makes it a lot easier to mix into the paint. You want to use a ratio of 1:4 plaster of pairs to chalk paint. The easiest way I have found to do this is to take a plastic container, decide how much paint you will need, and then mark how high up the paint will go, and then divide it into four sections. Pour your plaster of pairs into the container up to the first line then add a tablespoon of water until the plaster is smooth. Once it is smooth add your paint and mix until smooth again.

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Next you will want to wipe any cobwebs or extra dirt off your piece, yes that is all you have to do to prep it. Chalk paint will stick to just about anything without much up any prep work.

I always try to turn my piece upside down and paint it inside out. It is a lot easier and there is a lot less mess, on you.  It is also easier to see spots you have missed if you start with the bottom. Once you have done everything you can with it upside down flip it back over. Give it a nice good coat and let it dry. I like to let it dry over night.


Next you will want to distress it, or maybe not, its up to you. I like to distress it, because I love the way a little distressing looks. Remember when you distress it do your best to make it look natural, try to think of where it would naturally distress over time like on the edges and corners. Once you are done distressing it wipe it off with a damp cloth and let it dry.


Then you will want to wax. When you wax the wax will make the paint hard as a rock and very durable. When I wax an item I usually use my plastic spatula or a spoon to scoop out some of the wax, to make it easier to use. I apply a nice amount of wax all over the piece using a clean lint free cloth. Then let it dry for a couple hours. Once it dries I take a slightly cleaner lint free cloth and buff off the extra wax, making it look beautiful. I haven’t had a chance to buff this stool yet, but when I do I will try to update so you can see it!