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Making Chalk Paint

For a little less than $4.00 per batch, my home-made paint is ALMOST as good as $30.00 professional chalk paint. For that kind of savings, I can work around the drawback. Here’s how to make chalk paint.

Here’s the recipe:

  1. 2 cups latex paint (Satin or Flat though Semi Gloss will work too.)
  2. 3 (not heaping) teaspoons Plaster of Paris
  3. 3 teaspoons of water
  4. Cap full Floetrol


  1. Place the 3 teaspoons of water in a small container (I save single serving yogurt cups for this purpose).
  2. Stir in the 3 (not heaping) teaspoons of Plaster of Paris
  3. Mix thoroughly to dissolve the plaster powder.
  4. In a peanut butter jar, pour the latex paint, Floetrol, and dissolved plaster powder.
  5. Tighten the top on the jar and shake thoroughly to mix well.

Warning Using Homemade Chalk Paint

Oil base primer or shellac required before use.

You will experience pesky stain bleed through often. This is because latex behaves differently than the acrylic base that professional chalk paint manufacturers use. So, oil base or shellac primer coat is required for each project! I learned this the hard way and believe it a small price to pay for the large savings.

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