How To Make Chalky Finish Paint With Baking Soda

Kara S.
by Kara S.
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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  • Mar51557616 Mar51557616 on Jun 28, 2021

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

  • Vic55368085 Vic55368085 on Dec 03, 2021

    I like this idea very much but have a question. I have some ugly outdoor concrete steppingstones. Does anyone know if by adding the baking soda to exterior latex paint if the concrete could be made to look chalky and also be reasonably durable? Thank you!

  • Darlene Gamez Darlene Gamez on Feb 21, 2022

    Can this recipe be done using oil base paint

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