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Chalk Paint and How to Make It Yourself

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Chalk Paint adheres to just about any surface. From Glass to Porcelain to Wood, this special paint sticks like a pro. Surfaces only need a thorough cleaning with some water and soap or a little alcohol, and you can get started on your project. No prepping or sanding required.

Store bought chalk paints are a bit pricy, particularly in larger quantities.  The color choices are just a few. A gallon of Chalk Paint will run around $ 70.00 or more, if you can even get it in a gallon format. Most Home Improvement Stores and Hobby Stores I checked only carried the small size cans, which may work great for small projects but not for furniture projects.

Another problem with store bought Chalk Paint is that you either need to get the colors mixed in at the counter or you are limited to premix colors. When I checked my nearest Home Improvement Store and inquired about the option of colors for mixing with the Base Chalk Color I was told that I am basically stuck with what is premixed.

For a bigger project it makes sense to whip up a big patch of chalk paint at home. Not only will it save money but it allows for and endless mix of color choices and hues. Before you get started I suggest having these items ready.

Homemade Chalk paint

Here are 3 ways to create your homemade chalk paint mix.

1. Chalk Paint Recipe with Plaster of Paris

  • 1 cup latex paint
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Plaster of Paris

2. Chalk Paint Recipe with Baking Soda

  • 1 cup latex paint
  • 3 tablespoons cool water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

3. Chalk Paint Recipe with Unsanded Grout Mix

  • 1 cup latex paint
  • 1 tablespoon cool water
  • 2 tablespoons unsanded grout

All 3 chalk paint recipes produce a little over 1 cup of paint. Your paint will look like latex paint when you apply, but change into the chalk look after it dries. Don’t store your homemade chalk paint too long as it may dry out. With these methods your chalk paint colors are endless and your batch is just as good as the best chalk paint brands found in stores. Save your money and start on your chalk paint ideas.

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