{DIY} chalk paint recipe

Designer Annie Sloan makes a Chalk Paint that she cans and sells for a crap load of money. It is amazingly versatile, but buying and using it doesn’t make me feel like I’m being particularly wise with my money. So for a fraction of the cost, I make my own version of the stuff.

My recipe is not the only recipe for chalk paint. I’ve done a lot of trial and error, and have found that this is the mixture that works best for me. There are a ton of different ways to DIY chalk paint. If you follow this recipe and find it to be a bust, first try adjusting the consistency by either adding more paint or more water. If it’s still not for you, try a few other recipes out in the blogosphere until you find the one that works for you.

Here’s how I make it.

I gather the following things:

  • Zero-VOC paint mixed to my color of choice
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Warm water
  • medium sized paintbrush, to mix
  • An old mixing bowl

To mix chalk paint, I do this:

  1. Combine a 1 part of Plaster of Paris with a 1 part of warm water in a mixing bowl
  2. Mix well until it combines and there are no large lumps remaining
  3. Mix POP with 2 parts of paint and stir well.
  4. If your paint seems a bit too watery or dense, add either more paint or more water, respectively.
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