How to Make Chalk Paint and Save Money!

How to Make Chalk Paint and Save Money! | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

Chalk paint is designed to transform furniture and make it look vintage. This is the rage in decor these days!  Using chalk paint gives you that weathered look that adds so much light to your home…it gives you that airy look that is so exhilarating and you can do it yourself! Retail establishments are selling this type of furniture for an arm and a leg!


Chalk paint is very expensive to buy.  For instance, Annie’s Sloan’s Chalk paint costs $34.99 per quart and $170 a gallon! This is why you’re gonna want to make your own!  I’m so excited to get my hands on this tutorial that shows you four different recipes for making this fabulous paint, so you will have some options.

The first recipe she uses Calcium Carbonate, which is not that easy to find, although it does have a very good shelf life.  You can go to some of your bigger pharmacies and have them order it or you can order it online, but you’ll have that waiting time, so if it’s something you want to do fast, choose one of these other recipes.  With this recipe you mix  2 parts latex paint to 1 part calcium carbonate (for example: 1/2 cup latex paint to 1/4 cup Calcium Carbonate).  The next recipe requires plaster of paris and a large container at Hobby Lobby is $2.99.  Mix that with just a squirt of water, 1/2 cup of latex paint, 1/4 cup of plaster of paris. This will be smoother than the calcium carbonate mixture.  The third recipe consists of sanded grout, latex paint and a little bit of water.  Keep in mind that the grout mixture sets up way too fast, so you may want to choose another one of these recipes because you don’t have too long to work with it. The fourth recipe she’s using baking soda, latex paint, no water.  Her favorite recipe is the one with the calcium carbonate.  If you like the color she’s using in this tutorial, it’s Sherwin Williams “Interesting Aqua”…very similar to Annie Sloan’s “Duck Egg Blue”.

So, are you ready to get started?  Follow the step by step tutorial so you can be on your way to creating a smashing piece of furniture!


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