The best DIY chalk paint recipe

If you’ve been wanting to make your own chalk paint but not sure how, I’ve got the best DIY chalk paint recipe that will have you painting in no time!

Chalk paint can be used to easily transform the most outdated piece of decor.  Don’t be confused, it isn’t the same as chalkBOARD paint!  Chalk paint is wildly popular among the DIY community for its ease in application and the sheer fact that little to no prep work has to be done on the piece being made over.  Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find the perfect shade you need with such a limited selection of colors down at the local craft/hardware store.  In this tutorial you will learn how to mix what I believe to be the best DIY chalk paint.  You will also learn a few helpful tips if you’ve never used this type of paint before.

What you’ll need:

1 cup latex paint (preferably one without a primer in the formula)
2 tbs unsanded grout (found in the tiling section of your local hardware store)
1 tbs water

Step 1

Start by mixing the unsanded grout and water in a small bowl.  [TIP: If possible, use unsanded grout that is white.  When mixing it with your paint it won’t add any crazy undertones.]  Make sure the grout has completely mixed with the water before moving to the next step.  The grout/water mixture should be slightly runny.  If the mixture does not run when you tilt your mixing bowl to the side, add a splash more of water until it looks just right.

Step 2

Next, add 1 cup of any latex paint in the color of your choice.  [TIP: Use a latex paint that does NOT have a primer in the formula.  Using a latex paint with primer causes the paint to dry in the mixing bowl too fast while painting.]  Mix the paint and the grout/water mixture.  You should notice the consistency of the paint start to thicken.  It will still run when you tilt the mixing bowl to the side.

If the paint doesn’t run, add a little bit more paint and continue to stir until it is all blended well.  When mixed correctly, you will not notice any grit from the grout in your paint mixture.

If you’ve never painted with chalk paint before, you’ll notice the consistency when making your own is a bit thicker than regular latex or acrylic paint.  Because of the consistency and texture, you generally don’t have to prep whatever you are painting as if you were using regular latex or acrylic paint.  Unless you are painting a surface with a high gloss finish, you shouldn’t even need to prime the piece first (just one of the reasons I believe this is the best DIY chalk paint recipe).  I usually lightly sand down any rough spots if I’m painting furniture, and then just wipe it down with a damp cloth.  Once dry, it is ready to be painted!

Paint from one end to the other in long continuous strokes to avoid lap lines.  Wait for the first coat to dry completely before adding the second coat.  Once the second coat is completely dry you can distress the piece or seal it with a wax or poly finish.  You can get some chalk painting project inspiration from these furniture finishing techniques I’ve pinned!

Have you ever made your own chalk paint before?  Do you usually buy chalk paint already mixed?  Let me know in the comments below!

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The best DIY chalk paint recipe

About Megan

Megan is a believer, wife, boy mom to 4, mompreneur, and lover of all things D.I.Y.! She is the co-owner of Bourne Southern LLC, an inspirational apparel and accesories brand located in North Carolina.

4 thoughts on “The Best DIY Chalk Paint Recipe”

  1. Love this. Can you do a tutorial on how to apply the wax coating? I recently got a dresser for free and I’ve already bought my own chalk paint (wish I would have seen this first!) but I’m scared to try and apply the wax… also nervous because it takes 30 days to cure? I have so many questions about the wax lol

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