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How To Make Chalky Finish Paint With Baking Soda

Chalky finished paint gives your surface an aged, matte look that is easily distressed. For me, this is one of my favorite types of paint that matches my home decor. However, chalk paint can get super pricy. I've got the perfect 3 ingredient hack for turning any house paint into chalk paint in 5 minutes!

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Time: 10 Minutes Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy

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First thing first, you'll need baking soda. This recipe will make a little over 1 cup of paint. For a quart of paint, quadruple the amount, but remember that it dries out quickly.
Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of latex paint. I used a sample size of pant from Home Depot for my desired color but if you have extra paint left over from painting a room or project you can use that!


The last ingredient is 3 tbs of cold water.
Mix your ingredient until they create a thin, non-grainy texture. This takes a bit of time to dissolve all the baking soda.

And that's all it takes! This one cup of paint was more than enough to paint my end table and coffee table. After I was done I stored it in a tightly sealed mason jar. Let me know what you'll be painting with this chalk paint hack!

Here is the finished product!

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  • Haysha S.
    Haysha S. Cedarhurst, NY
    on Dec 29, 2016

    Wow! Who Knew!?

  • Lucy
    Lucy Old Forge, PA
    on Dec 30, 2016

    Thanks for "chalking" one up for the DYIers by saving us money.

  • Katerina Stepovikov
    Katerina Stepovikov
    on Jan 3, 2017

    Going to try this !!

  • Jan.wilson25
    on Jan 3, 2017

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this great tip 😍

  • Shoshana Drucker
    Shoshana Drucker New York, NY
    on Jan 3, 2017

    So cool!

  • going to give this a try for sure

  • Hpcasale
    on Jan 3, 2017

    Tried it. Worked great.

  • Cathynapier
    on Jan 3, 2017

    Sounds like a plan. I will try this!!

  • JamieLadybugjp
    on Jan 3, 2017

    Why isn't there a photo of the finished project?

    • Walt Cherry
      Walt Cherry
      on Jan 3, 2017

      . . don't think so!! . that top is still waitin' on bein' painted!

  • Judith Stevens
    Judith Stevens
    on Jan 3, 2017

    Dissolve the baking soda in the water before adding to paint?

    • Kara S.
      Kara S. Jersey City, NJ
      on Jan 3, 2017

      You can mix all 3 at the same time. If you mix just the baking soda and the water it will be very paste-like since it's a small amount of water.

  • Pporter100
    on Jan 3, 2017

    I've been a Hometalker for just a couple of months and countless projects require chalk paint; you're going to be very popular! I'm keeping this one for moiself. Thank you for sharing.

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Jan 3, 2017

    i am going to save and try. i have plenty of baking soda. thanks so much for the idea

  • Sam
    Sam Middleton, WI
    on Jan 3, 2017

    great idea! going to try this one!

  • Alain.goldstein2412
    on Jan 3, 2017

    Hi I m from belgium , IBELIEVE you but I wont more see of thé vidéo , how did you make your tabel Thank you

  • Nadine
    Nadine Houston, TX
    on Jan 3, 2017

    So easy and cheap. Thanks for sharing!

  • Charlotta
    Charlotta Saint Louis, MO
    on Jan 3, 2017

    Love the easy less expensive formula. Does the finish hold up to everyday use? And did you use a follow-up coat of wax or polyfinish? Terrific!

  • Laura
    Laura New Lenox, IL
    on Jan 3, 2017

    Never tried baking soda I always make my own chalk paint with plaster of Paris and any flat paint. Will have to try this.

    • Charlee Hunter
      Charlee Hunter Troy, MI
      on Jan 3, 2017

      I also make my own using plaster of paris and latex paint. You can use any latex, but works best with satin or flat latex. Samples are almost exactly one cup, so that is mostly what I use. The formula is 1 cup paint, two TBS of Plaster of paris, and 1/4 cup warm water. Mix plaster and water together , then add paint. Mix until smooth and well blended. Store in air tight container. I do use wax as a sealant.

  • Jan Greenwood
    Jan Greenwood Gladewater, TX
    on Jan 3, 2017

    gladto have this recipe for chalk paint now to do alot of projects

  • Fauxgal
    Fauxgal Lawrenceville, GA
    on Jan 3, 2017

    I'm thinking you need to tell everyone that this does not create a strong paint. Regular chalk paint has concrete in it....

    • Leslie
      Leslie La Junta, CO
      on Jan 3, 2017

      Hmmmmm. Don't think there's concrete. Maybe calcium carbonate... I've seen other recipes on the internet as well but have never made any.

  • Pung61
    on Jan 3, 2017

    This may sound silly, but what type of baking soda do you use? There are 2 types - and not everyone knows this - one is for cooking and one is for cleaning. The cooking one has a picture of cookies and cakes or pies on the box. The other one says it's not for cooking, but can be, but they don't recommend it because it's made a little differently. So, do you use the cooking or cleaning one?

    • Dail Procko Loflin
      Dail Procko Loflin
      on Jan 31, 2018

      Im a chef and Ive never heard of 2 different Baking Sodas. There is Baking Soda, Baking Powder and Washing Soda. I think the "fresh and natural" has something added to it, possibly a fragrance. But Sodium Bicarb is Sodium Bicarb.

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