As promised… Here is my favorite DIY chalk paint recipe.
I know I have already gone on and on about how much I love chalk paint, but I figure I will tell all of you lovely people again. Chalk paint is fabulous. Period. What I love most about it, is that I get to completely skip all of the prep work that normally comes along with furniture refinishing when I use it. You heard correctly – No sanding, stripping, or any otherwise tedious preparation chore. The one drawback to chalk paint has always been the obscene cost – well, not anymore!! Since discovering this recipe I can just mix the chalk paint and go. Hallelujah! Cheap and easy chalk paint makes for one happy girl.
There have been multiple recipes for chalk paint floating around on numerous blogs for quite a long time, almost all using nonsanded grout or Plaster of Paris as chalk-i-fy-ing ingredient. I have not tried the nonsanded grout version, because I tried the Plaster of Paris version first, and was so enamored I just haven’t felt the need to try anything else. Especially since the large package of Plaster of Paris I have will surely last me a year. But, among the Plaster of Paris recipes, there is great variation when it comes to the proportion of water, plaster and paint. The ratio I have found to work best is 3:1:1. That is: 3 parts paint, one part water and one part Plaster of Paris. For an average piece of furniture I usually mix 1 1/2 cups paint, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Plaster of Paris. For a small furniture piece I use less, and for an extra large piece I use more – just common sense.
Here’s the walk through. Gather materials: Water, Plaster of Paris, Regular Latex Paint, plus a small container for mixing. Measure ingredients out being sure to keep the ratio at 3:1:1 (Paint: water: Plaster.) Mix water and Plaster of Paris together being sure to work all of the lumps out to a very smooth consistency. This mixture will be quite runny.
Pour plaster and water mixture and paint into large container and mix thoroughly until fully incorporated together. In this picture I mixed a cream and grey together to get a custom color, so I apologize for the lack of color differentiation between the plaster/water mixture and most of the paint.
This is my absolute favorite recipe and it never, ever fails me. There is still one other version of DIY chalk paint I am dying to try, and that is using pure calcium carbonate (yes, chalk) instead of Plaster of Paris. When I find calcium carbonate and try it, I will be sure to keep you all posted!! I hope this paint recipe helps you with all of your refinishing projects as much as it has helped me.