<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=996690293685739&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />

Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe - Plaster of Paris

18,574 Views
Sadly...I've been informed that my addiction to Annie Sloan chalk paint is causing my husband to develop a complex about our bank account. So what's an ASCP addicted girl to do? Make my own chalk paint! See the full tutorial at http://www.paintyourfurniture.com/homemade-chalk-paint-recipe-plaster-of-paris/
Time: 5 Minutes Cost: $3.15 Difficulty: Easy
  • Tymes Past
    Tymes Past Dayton, PA
    on Mar 25, 2014

    Hi...I have made my own chalk paint with the plaster of paris and loved it--with white. I found when I made black though, and tried to distress the piece, I ended up with an awful gray color--the sanding did not work with this paint. I have seen other pieces where folks have used a distressed chalk paint finish in black. Have you distressed any of your pieces painted with homemade black chalk paint, and if so, how? Just wondering if you have any pointers for me? Here is a link to my "failed" attempt. http://tymespast.blogspot.com/2013/08/rocking-chair-makeover-twice.html Thanks for any advice you can give me...Bev

    • Misty
      Misty Moncks Corner, SC
      on Mar 25, 2014

      @Tymes Past Actually the piece I did for this project, shown in the pictures above is done using a color called jet. It's an almost black color, but not super dark. It still turned out pretty dark though as you can see and when I waxed it, it got even darker. In the picture above, this is just one single coat of my home made chalk paint so it definitely covers. I saw your blog with your project so I see what you mean. My biggest question is what was your original color? I did use a flat and I noticed you used satin, but I don't think that would affect the color so much. Yours looks almost like it was a washed application. So the only thing I can think to tell you....is check to see what your original color was (if it was dark enough) and check your mixture of plaster versus paint. Yours looks REALLY light in color and I wonder if that could be due to too high of a plaster content. What you see above in my picture is even before I applied the wax and it's already very dark, nearly black.

  • Linda Dorn
    Linda Dorn Santa Clara, CA
    on Mar 25, 2014

    Thank you for sharing. I love the finish on the chair. Was your paint flat, latex, smi gloss or something else. Linda

    • Misty
      Misty Moncks Corner, SC
      on Mar 25, 2014

      @Linda Dorn It was a flat latex from BEHR at Home Depot.

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Mar 25, 2014

    When I first started I used Lowes sample paint. Which was a satin. I now use flat. But I really think starting out with the sample paint is easier. I used a mason jar and added the plaster Paris, hot hot,water and then let it cool. Then added the paint. It actually stays pretty good. If it gets to thick, just ad a teaspoon at a time if water. To get it how you want it. Everyone likes theirs a special way. You can play with it to get it the way you want. Some like it chalkier like the recipe above. And I have used this one also.

  • Misty
    Misty Moncks Corner, SC
    on Mar 25, 2014

    Flat seems to work the best, it's pretty much what the finish from Annie Sloan and others give off at the end as well. If you like it a bit less chalky, the waxing takes care of that.

  • Tymes Past
    Tymes Past Dayton, PA
    on Mar 25, 2014

    Misty...I used a satin black...when I purchased paint, I forgot that flat is recommended for chalk paint--I always buy satin so automatically asked for that. The pics where it is gray colored is after trying to distress/smooth it out with sandpaper so I could wax it--it just made it that awful gray. Even with wax, it darkened it but was so streaky. Before trying to sand it, it was black--and it was multiple coats, not just one. Only lightened after sanding it. I think I used a couple of tbsp of plaster...next time I guess I will try less. I liked my experience with homemade white chalk paint--although I did have to apply a few coats--did not cover as well as some folks say. Although I may brush my paint out more than others, thus needing more coats.?? Guess it's all a learning process of trial and error. :)

Inspired? Will you try this project? Let the author know!