DIY'S HOME DECOR PAINTING TIPS

Make Your Own Chalk-Finish Paint *In ANY Color* RECIPE

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The chalk finish paint from Lowes is expensive and only come in select colors. It’s much more cost effective to make your own (and you get to decide exactly what color you want!) I wish I would have known about this when I Painted My Couch.

This DIY version of chalk-finish paint can be antiqued or distressed and tinted in your choice of colors. Note that the addition of plaster of Paris to any paint color will lighten it slightly compared with what you might see on a paint color chip. Mix your own using the following supplies and instructions:

DIY Chalky paint

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Flat latex paint
  • Plastic paint buckets
  • 1/3 Cup Plaster of Paris
  • Stir Stick
  • Plastic measuring cup
  • 1/3 Cup Cool Water
  • Paste Wax

Instructions

  1. Mix 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of cool water; stir until completely smooth. Mix that with 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly. This will make enough chalk-finish paint for one coat on a six-drawer dresser. Chalk-finish paint should not be stored and reused. If you have a smaller project, mix smaller amounts of plaster, paint, and water in the same proportions.

INGREDIENTS:

Valspar flat latex paint

Plastic paint buckets

Plaster of Paris

Stir sticks

Plastic measuring cups (do not reuse for food)

Water (cool, not warm)

Paste wax

DIRECTIONS:

Mix 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of cool water; stir until completely smooth.

Mix that with 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly. This will make enough chalk-finish paint for one coat on a six-drawer dresser.

Chalk-finish paint should not be stored and reused. If you have a smaller project, mix smaller amounts of plaster, paint, and water in the same proportions.

 

How to Apply Chalk Paint

Apply the First Layer
Practice painting a scrap piece of fabric or scrap wood board before you start on your project. If you’re layering different paint colors (for a distressed finish), apply a thicker base coat and thinner top coat. Work fast- chalk-finish paint dries quickly.

Add a Distressed Finish
After you’ve applied your base color, dip your brush into the second color. Dab most of the paint onto paper or a rag until the brush is almost dry. Lightly dry brush color to highlight the raised areas. After the paint dries, lightly rub the top coat with sandpaper, a sanding sponge, steel wool or a dish scrubber to enhance the distressed look. Finish pieces with paste wax.


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Plastic paint bucketsPlaster of Paris Stir sticksPlastic measuring cups 

 

 

 

 

 

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