If you have been on Pinterest sometime in the last year, you’ve probably heard of chalk paint. It’s popular for its ease of use and unique chalky finish that seems to make almost anything look good painted. No more worries about paint lines and weird sticky spots on your painted surfaces. Its pretty awesome! However, if you look online to purchase chalk paint you may be surprised by how expensive it can be. Today I’m sharing a super easy, simple, and cheap way to make your own chalk paint, along with a recent project.
To get us started, here are a few examples of adorable chalk-painted items from throughout blogland:
And here are a few of my own chalk paint projects in which I’ve used the recipe I’m sharing today. Most of these are from my son’s nursery (nursery post coming soon!). Every piece in his nursery was either mine as a kid, an antique, a hand-me-down, or a thrift store find.:
Ready to get started? Here we go!
Gather your supplies.
A few tips about this recipe:
~Definitely make sure you mix your plaster and water well before adding your paint
~I recommend having a dedicated fork for stirring your chalk paint
~Only make one color at a time. If you mix your plaster and water and then wait a few minutes it will start to harden. Once this happens, even if you stir it up again and add your paint, it will not keep as long. It will begin to harden, even in a sealed container.
~Store in a temperate area out of direct sunlight
~If your paint seems too thick just add a little extra water by the tablespoon. I like my paint a little on the runny side because I feel its easier to work with. If you want thicker paint, just leave out a bit of the water.
~Of course you can multiply or divide this recipe as you please. I am sharing it in these portions because you can just purchase a paint tester (about $3.50) and dump the whole thing in.
So now you’ve made your paint! What are you going to paint first?? I applied two coats of paint to my table. One thing I love about chalk paint is that it dries so fast. The second coat was ready for sanding and distressing in under two hours. I lightly distressed the edges with fine grit sand paper then applied one coat of clear wax with an old cloth. I might apply another to the top as I will likely be setting drinks here. Here’s how it turned out; what do you think?
Cute right? It looks adorable in the bathroom but you will just have to wait for those photos!
What are you gonna paint?