Affordable DIY Chalk Paint: How To Make Your Own With Baking Soda
I absolutely adore the exquisite finish that chalk paint imparts to any surface. It has become one of my most cherished types of paint. However, it can sometimes be quite costly.
If you're eager to embark on a DIY chalk paint project but wish to avoid unnecessary expenses, I have an ideal solution for you. In just 5 minutes, I'll share a brilliant 3-ingredient hack that can transform any regular house paint into fabulous chalk paint!
1. Gather the Supplies
Before diving into the process, collect all the necessary supplies for your DIY chalk paint project:
- Baking soda
- Latex paint (in the color of your choice)
- Mixing container (plastic or glass)
- Stirring utensil (wooden spoon or paint stick)
- Sandpaper (medium to fine grit)
- Clean cloth or sponge
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.
2. Measure the Ingredients
Measure out the desired amount of latex paint into your mixing container. For each 1 cup of latex paint, incorporate 1/2 a cup of baking soda.
Add 3 tablespoons of cold water
Adjust the quantities of the ingredients based on the volume of paint required for your project.
I used a sample size of paint 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!
3. Mix the Paint and Baking Soda
Thoroughly mix the baking soda and latex paint together using your chosen stirring utensil. Ensure a smooth consistency by eliminating any lumps or clumps. Stir until the baking soda blends seamlessly into the paint.
4. Apply the DIY Chalk Paint
Using a brush or roller, apply the DIY chalk paint to the prepared surface. Begin with thin, even coats, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. Continue applying additional coats until you attain the desired coverage and opacity.
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.
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Here is the finished product! I distressed the finish to get that aged look. I absolutely love it!
Let me know what you'll be painting with this chalk paint hack!