Asked on Aug 28, 2015

Mixing chalk paint with craft paint or other kind of paint

Colleen Bement
by Colleen Bement
I have a container of Americana Decor Chalk Paint in Delicate that I want to paint a hutch with but I want it to be a little more yellow than it is. Can I add some yellow craft paint to the chalk paint to adjust the color or will that ruin the paint?
  12 answers
  • Dee Dee on Aug 28, 2015
    Yes you can add craft paint to change the color. I would not add paint to change the amount ex: quart to gallon.
  • Yes, it should be fine! Good luck with the project! :-)
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 28, 2015
    Make sure the paint is the same consisity. Home talk actually has a whole section on chalk paint. Do research before you take yes for an answer.
  • Tania Tania on Aug 29, 2015
    I have added a ton of craft paint the1$ ones to Americana Chalk paint to change the colors and I mix them. I wouldn't add a latex paint unless its a flat finish. Good luck
  • Nancy Nancy on Aug 29, 2015
    I asked Annie Sloan this question, the paint she suggested, was in the artist section of paints, like at Michaels... the "Golden" brand... it is a lot more expensive then your craft paints, but the bonding of the two paints were more compatible.
  • Laurie Brennan Laurie Brennan on Aug 29, 2015
    I have added inexpensive craft paint to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint with good results
  • Damian Mastnick Damian Mastnick on Aug 29, 2015
    Just be sure to only use flat paint. Also, only add latex paint to latex paint and only add oil based paint to oil based paint. If you want to darken the color be sure to add a paint that is much deeper than what you want because it will become very diffused when you add it to a lighter color.
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    • Sarah Holden Sarah Holden on Aug 08, 2020

      Hi - Do the two paints bond well together? Someone I asked basically said they were incompatible compounds - I have lots of eggshell that I would to make more matt. I am concerned about the longevity of the paint if I mix them. thanks.

  • Alicia Avena Lynde Alicia Avena Lynde on Oct 07, 2020

    Can I mix chalk and milk paint together?

  • Rebecca Gazzo Rebecca Gazzo on Dec 05, 2020

    Can I use mica powderd to color white chalk paint?

  • Elvina Hutchinson Elvina Hutchinson on Mar 19, 2021

    I have a lot of chalk paint to use in white but want to turn some grey. I have found paint dye in the shops, can I add them to chalk paint please? Thanks

  • Teresa Teresa on Jul 16, 2021

    So here is the real deal regarding chalk paint, “regular house water-based latex paint “ and acrylic paint.

    chalk paint is regular water-based house paint. It has both latex and acrylic resins in it. Plus a calcium carbonate powder added.

    regular water-based house paints have latex and acrylic resins in it.

    acrylic “craft” paint is the purest form of water-based latex paint and is very expensive to make. That is why vinyl resin is added to regular house paint. Acrylic paint does not have vinyl resins in it.

    so, from this it could be concluded that acrylic craft paint could be added to chalk paint because, while it doesn’t have vinyl resin in it, it is the purest form of latex paint and chalk paint is simply latex paint (with vinyl resin) and with calcium carbonate powder added.

    however, if you are mixing large amounts, which would be very expensive with acrylic paint, you might want to add more calcium carbonate powder.

    UPDATE: here is a scientific comparison of calcium carbonate (citrate) and sodium carbonate (soda ash aka baking soda):

    Here is a link to Amazon for calcium carbonate powder than is not over priced as a paint additive:

    one can also conclude that soda ash aka baking soda can be used as the powder component of chalk paint. Though experimentation with the amount would be necessary to obtain the correct consistency. But that could be said of the citrate as well.

    one thing is certain-the chalk paint must be top coated. The paint will simply wear off if it is not.