Chalk paint is all the rage yo.
Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, of course.
If you don’t know what chalk paint is, go HERE to learn all about it.
Which you really should do anyway ’cause it’s good to educate yourself in the art and aesthetics of uber cheap ways to improve your 1980’s hand me down furniture.
Know what I’m sayin’?
I have been itching to paint some chairs with chalk paint, but how do you justify $50 for paint when the chairs were just a few bucks?
So I decided to make my own chalk paint. After doing some serious searching and studying on the internet (while simultaneously watching New Girl on Hulu) I came up with this tried and true recipe:
1 cup Plaster of Paris
3 Cups of latex paint (preferably flat finish)
Easy peasy right?
And here’s how to make it:
Put 1 cup plaster in a mixing container and add just enough water so it’s the consistency of peanut butter. Stir and stir and stir until all the lumps are gone. Then add your paint and mix thoroughly.
This is for painting several pieces of furniture, so if you are just painting a chair or two cut it in half, or even a fourth.
I tried it out on my wood chair in my living room and guess what…
It worked beautifully!
I previously painted a friends coffee table with some Anne Sloan chalk paint, and I really felt like the consistency, finish, and texture were very similar.
Here’s the before photo:
And here is the after:
And a few up close shots so you can see the texture and light sanding:
Chalk paint almost has a sandy like texture, so it distresses beautifully.
My only tip would be to paint quickly. The paint did thicken a bit after it sat awhile but of course that’s what plaster is supposed to do. I wonder if it could be stored for a long period of time after mixing? Probably not, but I don’t know.
In case you’re wondering, Plaster of Paris costs about $6 for a huge 4 lb container at Home Depot. I spent $3 on a paint sample, so it was a really cheap project, and I have tons of plaster left over to try it again.
Let me know if you give it a try or have mixed your own super cool paint before!