Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chalk Like Paint - Make Your Own For $4.00

Hi Everyone.

I haven't used any of the popular milk or chalk type paints that are all over blogland but I have seen several pieces up close and personal.  I love the chalky appearance of the paint but the
price is out of my budget

So what is a girl to do? 
 Make her own chalky like paint of course!  

I got to experimenting with different products and this is what I came up with.

Chalk is actually Calcium Carbonate and the product can be purchased in health food stores and at numerous on-line stores.  The cost is around $4.00 for 12 ounces.  

Whiting powder will also give you a similar look for approximately $3.00 for a 1 pound package.  I could not find this locally but it is available on-line.

Plaster of Paris also works well and can be purchased at Michaels or Home Depot.  Home Depot sells 3 pounds for approximately $6.00. 

To get the chalky paint look just add ANY ONE of the above to your latex paint.  The amount you use depends on how chalky you want the paint to look when dry.  I experimented using the sample size paints and used a ratio of 2/3 paint to 1/3 product.  You may need to add a few drops of  HOT water to the paint and occasionally stir it if gets too thick.

I saved and washed out glass jars to mix the paint in.  I have used the paint over and over again and each time I just added a couple of drops of hot water and stirred really good. 

Do you remember the vanity I painted recently?  Well,  it was my first trial using the homemade chalk like paint.  For this I used the Calcium Carbonate and it worked beautifully.  No priming, no sanding required and it covered in two coats.  It also was
very easy to distress. 

For the vanity I used approximately 1/4 of the 12 ounce jar of Calcium Carbonate plus a sample size pot of paint.  The total cost was less than $4.00

I just finished painting two mirror frames with latex paint mixed with Whiting Powder and some small items using the Plaster Of Paris.  All of these worked great and I'll be posting pictures soon.

I did not use wax on the vanity but I did use Briwax on several other projects and I liked the sheen it gave them. 

You can also create custom colors by adding acrylic craft paint to the latex and powder mixture.  Chalky paint is cheap to make and now you can have it in any color.
Added 9/19/2011
Just to answer a few questions.
I prefer the Calcium Carbonate to the other products just because it is easier to stir and goes on smoother.  I purchased my jar of CC on-line from Swanson Vitamins.  It is cheap and you can paint many large pieces with just one jar.
No need to prime or sand the furniture if it is in good condition. If you are using the Calcium Carbonate make sure and buy it in POWDER form and not tablets. There are no exact measurements here. More powder means more of a chalk look. I used Behr and Martha Stewart satin paint sample pots (around 7 oz each) and added approximately 2/3 paint to 1/4 powder and aabout a tablespoon of HOT water.
I have added a Pin It button located on the left. Hope this works

I would love to hear from you if you give this a try.

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FGB said...

Is this the same as chalkboard paint? I want to make a chalkboard for a party so the kids can draw on? Would this work?

Cherub Cottage said...

Hi Sherry
I just fell into your blog and jotted down the chalk paint recipe. Do you still paint and blog I would love to see some of your pieces. Thanks said...

I was inspired by your article to chalk paint all the miss-matched furniture my Daughter has collected for her 1st apartment.

I'm in the middle of the 1st & 2nd coats ~taking a wine break~

Things are going well so far, but I'm confused about the Wax. Do I get a tinted mix?

Mrs Tillys said...

Thank you so much :) Just googled where I can get this in Germany... and lucky me I have a whole week off :)PERFECT!!!

amy48200 said...

I am going to try this on some pieced I have. My only question is What do you use for a final protective coat. All the top coats I have found leave a very high gloss when they dry. This looks weird on a piece you are trying to make old. Any suggestions?

Jo said...

Thank you for the recipe - only question I have is the paint flat, satin or semi gloss?

Annie Wetherbee said...

Thanks for this great post AND for the pin button! You have been pinned by little ole me!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sherry!

Great ideas & tips!
I'm reading through all of this but wondering, does this work for writing with chalk on it??
I'm looking to try this for a tiny cafe to save myself money, but need to be certain I can use chalk to list what the cafe offers.

Thanks so much, Heather

Always Something said...

It really worked! I used plaster of Paris and it turned out great. Thanks so much! See the finished product at:



Giuseppe Bianco said...

I tried latex and plaster of paris on a super glossy coffee table and it worked great. I coated it with polycrylic to protect it. Thanks for the great tip on mixing chalk paint.

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Thank you for this recipe!!! I can't find chalk paint here (not in regular stores at least) but I can definitely make my own! Thanks!!!

kathryn cain said...

I am a new follower and will be going to your home in a minute..but I could not really afford ASCP.But I loved what I could do with this so became a huge fan...and have spent the money...but in reading this and if you are still finding a success...You have me hooked...I put you on my favorites and will pull your button...of the three which works best when dealing with veneers or hard paint finishes,I hate Prep...did I say hate prep.

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Old post, but new to me! I love that you shared your recipes for chalk paint, since I can't find it around my parts. I am heading out right now to purchase some plaster of paris and add it to old paint we have around...hoping to get the same results.
I plan on posting my first ever furniture refinishing project on my blog and will definitely be linking to this post to credit you for the fantastic chalk paint alternatives!!!
Thank you soooo much!!
Debbie :)

Sherrie said...

Calcium carbonate is simple to buy. 50 lb. should be less than $10.00. Why it's lime! Food ole lime you use in your yards! I know that I am very late posting but I loved your research and took it a step further when I started looking for it. I bought some today and have two projects I am working on. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks

Unknown said...

I love this because I am on a tight budget, but want to put beatiful pieces in my home. My one question is what do you do to add a little distressing and at what step? Do you paint, sand corners to distress, soap between coats of chalk paint....I am curious? I do apologize if you've answered this already, didn't have the time to sort through a year's worth of comments ;)

Thank you,

Freshinista said...

Found you through Elizabeth and Co. I sm totally going to try the chalk paint recipe. -Jen @ Freshinista

Sherrie said...

I have a addition to add to this that might make it even smoother. I have tries many different kinds of DIY kinds and this works best for me. Before you add any of this to paint add hot water and stir it first. Then add it little by little to paint mixing it really good. I purchased chalk paint a sample so I could feel their paint and get the texture for it. This falls right up there in consistory and smoothness. I can not take credit for this idea it came from someone who told me about it. But I started out with yours and was thrilled! This just fine tunes it.

jarehares said...

My mom found this posted and has painted several pumpkins using this formula. It look just as good as the other stuff. Sorry can't and won't pay $35+ for a quart of paint. Plus, she was able to get the colors she wanted.

Dannie said...

I love What you did with the vanity. It is simply beautiful. Thanks for the information on chalk paint. I just came back from home depot with the plaster of paris, tomorrow I will try it.

Faye@The Shabby Cottage Home said...

WOW!! I'm sooo glad you posted this recipe. I have tried a little of the chalk paint but for the amount of furniture I paint for our shop, its just too expensive. I am diffenently going to try this. Thanks soo much!!

Dannie said...

I used plaster of paris. It works wonderful. I like that I am able to make any color. I would love to send you a picture of my chair. Its simply fabulous, darling.

Melissa Anderson said...

I am definitely going to try this out, I have always wanted to try chalk paint but the ready made ones' cost is just so discouraging. I cannot wait to try this on my long line of furniture waiting to be transformed.

Nancy said...

GREAT tip! I haven't tried it yet, but now I will, since youve made it more affordable. Love your vanity.
xo Nancy

Dannie said...

Hello Sherry, like the idea of making whatever color you want in chalk paint. I would like to send you a picture of what I have done with chalk paint. wiil you send me your email so I can send you a picture. Thanks so much, Danette

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Sherrie said...

Actually chalk paint is as old as the good ole days! Lime Gessco Paint. And Imthank her for sharing this! So I want to share some information back. I have searched and searched for information for paint and how to make your own wax, Bee's wax, and Turpentine and a color pigment. I am linking a sight hoping this is okay? That everyone can gather informatio. Or you can use Carbanuba wax which is good ole solid car wax. Not liquid.Chalk paint has been used since the Roman Empire. There are also recipes for milk paint and many many more. Here is one sight I gathered the information from. I also have all the recipes to make your own wax, I can't link the page but if Sherry wants it I can copy and send it to her.
I applaud Sherry for posting this recipe. She could honestly be making money from advertising chalk paint.
And the other posters that have posted this can't possibly work...they are wrong. Where do you think these recipes have come from? Or the painting techniques? They have been around since man wanted to create beauty and you can go to the caveman days where they found a way to use pigment. Thanks!

Megan Opaliski said...

I see this post is a bit old, but just wanted to say that I came across this and tried it and it works wonderfully! I used Plaster of Paris and it looked great.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the posting of this new technique as I couldn't justify paying so much for the ASCP. If someone has already tried this and used a wax I would like to know what kind they used. Thanks again....

Jeannie and Linda said...

Your vanity is gorgeous. Thank you for the recipe. I've used AS chalk paint and I loved it, it covered quite a few pieces, but it is expensive, and not in my budget right now. I'll be whipping some up soon.

kk rousseau said...

I apologize for being to stupid to understand your ratio of 2/3 to 1/4. That makes no sense to me. Why change denominators? Shouldn't it be 2/3 to 1/3 or 3/4 to 1/4? Please enlighten me.

Thanks for the post. I love seeing what others are doing with paint!

Anonymous said...

I purchased calcium carbonate from a store that sells wine making supplies. It's used to make wine, so if you have a store in your area that sells wine making supplies, they probably carry this. I pay $3.00 for a pound.

amalitsa anastasiou said...

You are an inspiration to all your followers I am a new shabby guru and proud of it …WILL DEFINITELY USE YOUR NEW IDEAS AND SAVE $$$ IN THE PROCESS!

MeMeSue said...

Hi just ran across your blog while searching Pinterest for a chalk paint recipe. I have tried AS paint and I love it although I do not love the price plus I have to drive far to purchase it unless I want to tack on shipping costs. This past week I tried mixing unsanded grout to my paint and while it works well it does not mix well and I have a lot of bumps that need to be sanded down. I just ordered some calcium carbonate and I'm going to second coat my piece with this method and see if it's smoother! Any tips you can give would be first piece with homemade paint is a smallish cabinet but I have some nice pieces waiting to be painted once I find the right recipe! Wish me luck!!

seravina danniella said...

Your blog has given me that thing which I never expect to get from all over the websites. Nice post guys!


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