How to Make Chalk Paint for Furniture: 3 Recipes

Chalk paint is a type of paint that gives a high-end, rustic look to any piece of furniture. It has exploded in popularity in the DIY world in recent years. 

However, although chalk paint looks great, it can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can make chalk paint yourself to save some money.

This blog post will teach you three chalk paint recipes for furniture.

Method 1: How to make chalk paint with baking soda

Baking soda chalk paint is regarded by many as the best chalk paint recipe for a few reasons. For one, baking soda is the perfect ingredient for creating the perfect chalk paint consistency and chalky finish. Additionally, baking soda is an extremely common household ingredient. On the off chance that you don’t have baking soda around the house somewhere, you can buy some for 5 dollars.

Recipe ingredients:

  • Latex paint (matte finish)
  • Baking soda (available here on Amazon)
  • Water
  • Small pale (at least one quart)
  • Mixing stick
  • Measuring cup

To create chalk paint with baking soda, pour 1 cup of matte paint into your pale or mixing container.

From here, measure a half cup of baking soda. Lightly sprinkle a bit of the baking soda into the paint and thoroughly mix the baking soda into the paint with your mixing stick. Repeat this process until you have added the full half cup of baking soda to the paint. Be sure to mix the solution very thoroughly so that the mixture is completely uniform.

It is important to add the baking soda bit by bit because it is easier to mix the baking soda with the paint in small amounts. When the entire half cup is dumped in all at once, it can be difficult and laborious to thoroughly mix the two components together and the solution can become clumpy as a result.

You can make the chalk paint as thin or as thick as you want. To make the solution thicker, add a bit more baking soda. To thin it out, you can add a few tablespoons of water.

Another way to thin the solution out is by spraying the surface you’re painting with water as you brush on the chalk paint.

Method 2: How to make chalk paint with Plaster of Paris

Plaster of Paris is a fine white powder that hardens after it is moistened and allowed to dry. It is often used to create a protective coating on walls and ceilings, but it can be used for a variety of other purposes, including making chalk paint at home.

Recipe ingredients:

  • Latex paint (matte finish)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Small pale (at least one quart)
  • Mixing stick
  • Measuring cup

In your small pale, mix together ⅓ cup of Plaster of Paris and ⅓ cup of tap water. Thoroughly mix the two components until the mixture is uniform.

From here, add one cup of matte latex paint and thoroughly stir the two components again until the mixture is completely uniform.

You can add more water to thin the solution out if needed.

If you are interested in learning how to make chalk paint without Plaster of Paris, you’re in luck because we have one last chalk paint recipe to share.

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Method 3: How to make chalk paint with calcium carbonate

Calcium carbonate is a white, powdery compound that looks similar to baking soda. When mixed with flat or matte paint, it creates the perfect chalk paint consistency.

Calcium carbonate is a mineral used in paper, coatings, and plastics. It is also used for medicinal purposes as a dietary supplement and an antacid to relieve heartburn.

Recipe ingredients:

  • Latex paint (matte finish)
  • Pure calcium carbonate powder
  • Water
  • Small pale (at least one quart)
  • Mixing stick
  • Measuring cup

Pour 1 cup of matte paint into your mixing pale. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of calcium carbonate into the paint, and mix the solution after you add each tablespoon of calcium carbonate. Mixing as you go will help to avoid clumping in the paint. After the last tablespoon of calcium carbonate is added, be sure to mix the solution until it is completely uniform.

From here, you can thin the solution if you would like by mixing in tablespoons of water.

For a more in-depth explanation of how to use calcium carbonate to make chalk paint click here

Final words on making chalk paint at home

You may have noticed that all of these recipes call for just one cup of latex paint. You can certainly double the ingredient proportions if you have lots of surface area to cover, however, keep in mind that chalk paint has great coverage and a little can go a long way. You might not need as much chalk paint for your project as you would think.

Additionally, keep in mind that homemade chalk paint doesn’t always keep very well so it is important to only make as much as you are going to use at one time.

While flat or matte latex paint was recommended in each of these chalk paint recipes, note that acrylic paint can be used instead.

Lastly, although there are recommended proportions for the ingredients in these recipes, you can add more or less of each ingredient to achieve your desired consistency. For instance, you can add disproportionately more Plaster of Paris, baking soda, or calcium carbonate to make the solution thicker or add more water or latex paint to make the solution thinner. Play around with the ingredient proportions until you get the consistency you want.

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