I knew there would come a day
when lo and behold I would stumble upon a post like 


wrote this post just recently !

my thoughts ... 

heck yeah!

see what YOU think ...
I've had good success with creating the chalk-y look without any additions,

but I am certainly up to trying something new ...

you're welcome!!

"Hi Everyone.

 I love the chalky appearance of the paint but not the limited colors. 

So what is a girl to do? 
 Make her own chalk 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 chalk 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 from Home Depot and  used a ratio of 2/3 paint to 1/3 product.  You may need to add a few drops of 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 water and stirred really good. 

Do you remember the vanity I painted recently?  Well,  it was my first trial using the homemade chalk 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.  Chalk paint is cheap to make and now you can have it in any color. "

Just to answer a few questions.

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 paint sample pots (around 7 oz each) and added approximately 2/3 
paint to 1/4 powder.

used with permission


Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Joy so funny you would post this, and not to mention it but for months now I have had bloggers asking me how I get certain effects on my painted pieces.

My big news flash was I make my own paint tints and I also mix plaster in my paints for an old world effect. My grand father art producer for Paramount Movie Picture Studios Hollywood Calif and has been mixing plaster in paints for years and years, a trick he passed on to me with so many other effects adding the best history to a piece or back drop. He was the creator for all the special effects for Gone with the wind movie, Bonaza, Gun Smoke, Flipper, They brought him out of retirement for the Titanic. I have his Oscar sitting proudly in my studio reminding me of all the great effects he created for so many historical movies with special effects. He passed away a few years ago and the movie industry honored him with the creator of special effects awards.

I was wondering when someone would post a good tip like this. I have been very vocal on answering emails on creating effects to other bloggers I really thought it would be one of them who would post how great this works and what a huge savings.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Joy, Thank you so much for reposting this and your kind comments! I have gotten great reviews from readers that have made their own paint using one of these formulas. I would love to hear how it works for you. Thanks again!

Sister Patty said...

Thanks, Joy! How cool is this? All I need is a little warm weather and I can attack a lot of paint-worthy projects!

cityfarmer said...

I'm heading to 'the shed' as we speak ...

Ticking and Toile said...

Su-weet!! Can't wait to try it!! Thanks guys!


cityfarmer said...

isn't this fun?
I'm heading to Paris for some plaster ... hahaha

Kate said...

Hi JOy

What a great share with all of us!!


Ido said...

I've seen a post about making your own chalk paint but it was kind of complicated, I love this "recipe" and how simple and easy it sounds, I'm gonna have to try it. Thank you very much!

Atelier de Campagne said...

Hello! Thank you for sharing this. We have been working on painting furniture, mirrors and other items to achieve this look. Johan calls it "A Touch of Frost" See our posting in January by the same name.

Also, thank you for picking ours as BLog of the Month!

We are honored!

Team Atelier

Distressed, But Not Forsaken said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I recently found a recipe for milk paint, but a chalk paint recipe is what I've been looking for! This looks easy.

NancyO. said...

Hello and thanks for the chalk paint recipe.

Can this be used on woodwork? The woodwork in my 60+ year old house is stained/varnished or shellacked pine.

I would like to paint it white, but have not because of the necessary prep.


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I have used this technique for years along with tinting other compounds and using to cover a host of "old" problems. DIY'ers can use shoe polish, real walnuts and all kinds of things for staining to make look old too instead of buying products. It was sweet of you to repost Sherry's great post on chalk paint. I am lucky that she lives nearby and we go treasure hunting together tons. xoxo

Susan S. said...

Well you certainly ARE a Savvy City Lady!!!!!Great ideas for colors that chalk paint didn't provided. Can't wait to give it a try. :)

Carole said...

thanks Joy. I've been making my own chalkboard paint using sandless grout and been using it on furniture with some great results. I had thought of using whiting but hadn't gone to the art stores to buy it. That's at least where I used to buy it. Thanks for reposting this...think I'll give it a try!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Joy!
Wouldn't you know.... just bought my first quart of chalk paint yesterday!
I used it today and I must say, I am loving it! Very expensive though so I am thrilled you reposted Sherry's article.
Great info!

Sandra Turner said...

Hello Joy! and thanks for the chalk paint recipe. I can used this on my paint projects for my workshop and I also love the idea of saving money with this great recipe, I paint furniture all the time for my boutique. thank you so much....

Beach House Living said...

Ah ha! Thank you, thank you! So no need to spend big bucks for that fabulous look. Oh and did I say thank you!

Janice@GypsyFarmGirl said...

Thanks for sharing these tips! I'm wanting to paint lots of things in my house in the near future and this sounds perfect for me!

Barbara Jean said...


thank you

barbara jean

cmhdesign said...

This is awesome! Thank you. I can't wait to start painting. A quick question though the article states you don't have to sand or prime does this pertain to painted furniture only or does it include stained furniture as well? Thanks. Cheryl

Melanie said...

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU is all I have to say. Personally what works the best? Sodium bicarbonate, whitener or plaster? Please respond everyone that has tried this recipe..looking so forward to trying this!

Melanie said...

Thank you! What works best..plaster..sodium bicarbonate or whiting powder? Please do tell...I can't wait to hear from you all! Thanks formthismawesome recipe!!!

Ally said...

Hi - I just used my own concoction of paint mixed with baking soda. I must have seen it somewhere and always remembered and so I tried it. Easy peasy to mix into my paint, no brush strokes, sanded like a dream! Putting minwax on it today.

GBL said...

Thanks so much for your info - I printed it out and made my first project using your technique (using Calcium Carbonate in powder form). I used latex paint in satin finish, but next time I am going to use a flat finish and wax. I have a project I am going to start this weekend - this time I am going to try mixing in some acrylic craft paint. I have a cabinet that I want to paint with a creamy white background and add some springy pastel colors to other parts of the cabinet. This 'recipe' is saving me a lot of $$$! Thanks again :o]

Shanda said...

I can't thank you enough! I'm about to attack an old amoire I recently acquired, and I love the chalk paint look, but Annie Sloan's prices are absolutely obscene! My husband thanks you enthusiastically!

B @ Time To Start Over said...

What do you think of using this on walls? I'd like to get that hazy/chalky soft look ... wonder how well it would hold up? Would I have to top coat it in order for it to be washable?

Christine O said...

What do you do after you chalk paint it to make it look distressed?

G-ma Deb said...

Wait it gets better. I went to Menard's today and bought 3 little sample jars of paint in eggshell for $2.99/ pot. I had the guy mix three very dark colors of dark blue, dark green and dark violet. I then purchased 1 gal, of latex flat paint in antique white.. my plan is to mix the darker colors w the antique white to make varying colors and also add the plaster of paris. I mis the p-o-p well w water before adding to paint. Voila..happy chalking...

augcott said...

This is amazing!
I am sooooo trying this!
Off to Michael's and then to get something to paint!!!

SLG said...

Just got back from the store with all the fixin's...can't wait to get started.