The Secret Paint Recipe every DIYer needs


Folks always ask me, "What do you like to use when you paint furniture?" So, let me fill you in. I have a thing for making my own paint; Paris paint that is.
Alright, I'm not reinventing the wheel here. Chalk-y paint took the DIY world by storm a few years back and I've used what I like to call my "Paris paint" since before that. I absolutely L-O-V-E using it and I think some form or another should be in every DIY'ers arsenal of tricks.
Here's my not-so-scientific recipe.
And, for the record: I have not tried any of the name brand paints that are so popular. I would like to at some point I just haven't gotten around to it yet. But after today's Hometalk hangout on the Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint, I feel like I really want to get my hands on some asap. I'll let you know how it works out. ;)
My not-so-scientific recipe for Easy #DIY #ParisPaint
My not-so-scientific recipe for Easy #DIY #ParisPaint
Supplies Needed
Supplies Needed
Start by pouring in your paint of choice into a container (I like to use the plastic ones with lids)
Start by pouring in your paint of choice into a container (I like to use the plastic ones with lids)
Measure out your Plaster of Paris in another little container
Measure out your Plaster of Paris in another little container
Sprinkle that into your paint
Sprinkle that into your paint
Pour a few drops of water in at a time and stir
Pour a few drops of water in at a time and stir
Keep repeating that process until you like the consistency of your DIY paint
Keep repeating that process until you like the consistency of your DIY paint
And you're all set. Ready to paint.
And you're all set. Ready to paint.
Fresh Idea Studio - Therese

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1 question
  • Leah
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Hi, I've spending a fortune on the trendy, costly chalk paints on the market and want to try to make my own for comparison. Do you have to start with a "flat" latex or does it matter?

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  • Jeanette
    on May 24, 2015

    Does the plaster make the color lighter? I also wondered about the finish...When you use glossy or semi-gloss paint - does it make the finish more like a satin or matt finish due to plaster?

  • CK
    on Dec 3, 2015

    I too use this recipe and what I like about it is you can make it 'chunkier' if you want to have a very aged looking item. I used a 'chunky' formulation on a metal chandelier to make it look like very old, aged wood. Over the chalk paint I then dry brushed on a lighter color. It's sort of unique. BTW, the former teacher and proof reader in me noticed an error "Dip your brush in. Your ready to paint." It should be spelled "you're" because it's a contraction for "you are". ;-)

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