How To Make Chalky Finish Paint With Baking Soda

3 Materials
10 Minutes

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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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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  • Kristine Kristine on Aug 02, 2020

    Can you do the drippy effect with this?

  • Carol August - Daykin Carol August - Daykin on Aug 21, 2020

    I had already bought a paint and didn't like its sheen. To not waste this paint I thought I would try this method out. The flatness of the paint is exactly what I was looking for. It leaves behind a bumpy texture though. Besides sanding this is there another way to avoid this? If not I'll try the plaster of paris way next

  • Mar51557616 Mar51557616 on Jun 28, 2021

    Can I use acrylic wall paint instead of lytax paint for outside pls


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  • Liz Liz on Aug 15, 2020

    Awesome...I gotta try!!!!

  • Amanda Gerow Amanda Gerow on Jun 15, 2021

    This is one of my favorite methods. It also looks like a terra cotta finish on glassware if you're ever looking for a new project!