How To Make Chalk Paint – Simple Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Blog, Featured, How To Make Chalk Paint, Techniques, Uncategorized | 3 comments

How To Make Chalk Paint – Simple Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe


If you have been hearing about this amazing, easy-to-use substance called chalk paint, and have been wondering what all the talk is about then you’ve come to the right place!

Chalk Paint is a wonderful substance for painting furniture, although it can be used for many other projects as well.   It goes on easy, dries incredibly fast and is really easy to distress.  The patina it gives breathes years of life and character into the piece you are working on.

If you really want to try it out but don’t want to spend a fortune for a small amount of paint DO NOT FEAR!   It is actually very simple and cheap to make your own chalk paint, and be painting your next masterpiece in a matter of minutes.

You won’t believe how simple this little homemade chalk paint recipe is.


That’s right!

  • 2 Cups Latex Paint
  • 5 Tablespoons Plaster of Paris
  • 3 Tablespoons of Water


Can you believe it?  Well, you better because it works and it works great!

Here’s what you do.

Step 1:  Mix plaster of paris and water in a small bowl or container. Mix it well and get all of the lumps of plaster thoroughly mixed.  The consistency should be smooth like batter.  Not runny and not clumpy.

*I recommend using the container that you want to store the paint in after it is mixed and you are through painting.  It’s just easier to get the paint into the plaster than get all of the plaster into the paint, but however you want to do it is fine.

Step 2:  Pour the paint into the mixed plaster and stir well.  Make sure you spend a little time mixing to be sure all of the plaster is mixed in.  You don’t want unmixed clumps of plaster getting on your paintbrush.


And that is that!  Easy, huh?  Now you are armed with a killer paint product and you are ready to start slapping it on.

Remember, most surfaces will require no sanding or prep work.  Try it out and see.  You are gonna love it!

Be sure to leave comments, share on your social sites and come back often.  We are gonna have a lot more great information on how to paint with chalk paint – coming soon!

Also here’s a little infographic to save and share online or to keep for quick reference if you need to reference it when you start to make your own chalk paint at home.  Good luck!

How to Make Chalk Paint Infographic

Infographic courtesy of




  1. I tried this and it turned out beautiful!! Very easy.

  2. I love it! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Can I roll the paint on with a roller or would a brush work better? Can I put a second coat on? I don’t want my furniture to be heavily distressed.


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