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DIY Make Your Own Chalk Paint Recipe

If you love the vintage, soft, matte look and feel of chalk paint but don’t love the price, consider making your own DIY chalk paint at home.

If you love the vintage, soft, matte look and feel of chalk paint but don’t love the price, consider making your own DIY chalk paint at home.


Supplies: Items you will need

While you can buy chalk paint from various brands, you can also make your own with just a few ingredients.

Empty Quart Can

Empty Quart Can with Lid
Available at - Amazon, HomeDepot, Lowes, any local hobby or craft store.

Calcium Carbonate Chalk Paint Additive

Calcium Carbonate Chalk Paint Additive
Available at - Amazon
In this recipe we use Calcium Carbonate Powder by Greenway Biotech.

Flat Latex or Satin Paint

Flat Latex or Satin Paint
Available at your favorite local paint store. We recommend a primer and all-in-one paint.

Talcum Powder

Unscented Talcum Powder
Available at - Amazon
In this recipe we use Trident unscented talcum powder.

Instructions: Make your own chalk paint

There are many chalk paint recipes available online, but we've selected one that is especially effective and simple to follow. This recipe uses common, affordable ingredients and delivers a beautiful, durable finish that you'll love. Plus, it allows you to customize your paint to any color you desire. Check out our step-by-step recipe and start your next DIY project with confidence!

DIY Chalk Paint Recipe Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Prepare the Paint:
    • Fill an empty quart can two-thirds (2/3) full with latex paint.
  2. Mix the Powders:
    • In a separate bowl, combine:
      • 12 tablespoons (3/4 cup) of Calcium Carbonate powder
      • 1/2 tablespoon of Talcum powder
    • Note: Adjust (+/-) the amount of Calcium Carbonate to achieve your desired level of chalkiness.
  3. Add Water:
    • Gradually add hot water to the powder mixture.
    • Stir until the consistency resembles ranch dressing.
  4. Combine Mixtures:
    • Add the Calcium Carbonate and Talcum mix to the quart can of latex paint.
  5. Top Off:
    • Add a little more paint to fill the quart can.
  6. Stir and Paint:
    • Stir thoroughly.
    • Your homemade chalk paint is now ready to use!
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