2 Ways To Make Homemade Chalk Paint

Homemade Chalk Paint: Today’s contributor is Patricia from The Wood Spa and she is sharing 2 ways to make homemade chalk paint. She is also a member of the Home Decorating, Upcycling and DIY Facebook group. All posts contributed by Patricia for Grillo Designs can be found HERE.


Hi there! It’s Patricia from The Wood Spa!


Who doesn’t love the beautiful look chalk paint gives to a piece of furniture? I do, but unfortunately the main brands are not always affordable to me. Also, I love to experiment with colors. Last time I checked I had about 10 shades of blue and 6 shades of pink in my shelves, not to mention all grays and off-whites.


I buy samples of latex paint for around $5 each ($2 when they are on sale!). With a one-pint sample of Valspar or Benjamin Moore latex paint I can finish an entire four to six-drawer dresser and may still have some left over.


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Some times I just use plain latex paint with a satin finish for my projects. Other times, I make my own “chalky” paint by mixing latex paint and Calcium Carbonate.This post contains affiliate links for your convenience – please see full disclosure here


There are at least five different recipes of homemade chalk paint that I’ve heard of.


The most popular ones use Calcium Carbonate or Plaster of Paris mixed with latex paint. In this post, I will show you how to make both. Don’t forget to watch my video tutorial at the end!


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NOTE: If you google it, you will notice that not everyone uses exactly the same ratios I do, but don’t panic! Slightly different amounts of each ingredient won’t cause a drastic change to your final result. It is just a matter of preference. The more Calcium Carbonate or Plaster of Paris you add, the thicker your paint will get, and your final result will probably have some grainy texture. I like my projects with a smooth finish, so I use less powder.


Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe 1 – Latex Paint and Calcium Carbonate


The easiest and cheapest way to buy Calcium Carbonate is online. Here is where I find it for a good price.


  • Two parts of latex paint, any brand and sheen. The samples I buy are usually Valspar (satin) or Benjamin Moore (egg shell).
  • One part of Calcium Carbonate diluted in hot water.


For this example, I used 6oz of blue paint and 3oz of Calcium Carbonate.


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Slowly add boiling water to your Calcium Carbonate and mix it well until you achieve a pasty consistency, with no lumps.


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Add that paste to your paint and stir it well.


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Recipe one is ready!


Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe 2 – Latex Paint and Plaster of Paris


You can find Plaster of Paris here

  • Three parts of latex paint, any brand and sheen.
  • One part of Plaster of Paris diluted in cool water.


For this example, I used 8oz of yellow paint and 3oz of Plaster of Paris


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Slowly add cool water to your Plaster of Paris and mix it well until you get a pasty consistency.


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Pour your Plaster of Paris mixture into your paint and stir it well.


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That is all, my friends! As easy as that.


Have 2 minutes? Watch the full video tutorial here.



Some additional tips to remember when making homemade chalk paint


  • One pint (16 oz) of paint is enough to apply two coats on a four-drawer dresser.
  • Make enough paint for one or two projects at most. If you store homemade chalk paint for more than a week it will probably get lumpy. If that happens, you may still be able to fix it by adding some warm water to your paint and stirring it well.
  • While painting, stir your paint occasionally.
  • You can roll or brush homemade chalk paint but I don’t recommend using it with a paint sprayer as the residual powder may block your spray.
  • Before painting, lightly sand and clean your piece really well. In most cases you don’t need to prime, but if you have a bleeding problem (previous finish residues showing through your paint) you need to apply an oil-based primer under your paint. To avoid this frustrating experience, test your paint on a small area first and wait for it to dry before painting the entire piece.





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Finally, you are welcome to visit my blog The Wood Spa and check out some of the projects I did using homemade chalk paint.


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I hope this tutorial was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions!







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  1. Mandi

    Hi! I am eager to try your DIY chalk paint with Calcium Carbonate to redo our French provincial furniture (following your gray dresser makeover instructions!). Do I have to worry about a gritty texture with this mixture? How much would you need to cover a whole 6 drawer dresser? Does the glaze process replace the ‘soft wax’ step usually involved in chalk painting? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Mandi,
      If your paint is well mixed your finish will be pretty smooth. You will need about 12 to 16oz of paint to give two coats on your six-drawer dresser.
      The glaze doesn’t replace the sealer. Clear wax and polycrylic are different types of sealer. I prefer polycrylic because it protects the paint better compared to wax. You can apply polycrylic using a foam brush, a damp sponge or spray. If this is your first project, I recommend that you practice on small piece first. A picture frame, a small table, etc.
      Have fun!

  2. Shelley

    Your finished products are beautiful! I have been wanting to try chalk paint. Some of the other tutorials I have watched using the more expensive, store bought chalk paint, coat the project with wax after painting. Is this a necessary step with home made chalk paint?
    Thank you!

    1. Thanks Shelley!
      I do seal all my pieces. Instead of wax, I use polycyclic, which is more resistant than wax.
      If it’a a piece that will not get a lot of traffic, wax is good enough.
      I hope this helps!

  3. Lisa

    In a previous comment you posted the color of grsy that you used. I know it was a Benjamin Moore paint, do you remember what color of gray it was? Thanks!

    1. Lisa, I believe you are talking about a French dresser I painted. That color is Benjamin Moore Steel Wool.
      The black glaze I used over it made it a little darker.
      I hope this helps.

  4. I’m going to have to try this! Your projects look beautiful. I don’t have a lot (barely any to be honest) experience painting furniture, but I have a few pieces around my home I just don’t love. Chalk paint looks like the perfect solution!

    1. I hope you try Emily! And feel free to ask questions.