DIY Chalk Paint Recipe

by | Aug 17, 2018

Make your own chalk paint that is smooth and durable!

When I first started painting furniture I didn’t know that you could make your own chalk paint.  I purchased a popular brand of chalk paint, soft wax, and a couple of brushes.  Because of this, my garage sale find turned out to be a very pricey project.

Since then, I have painted well over 100 pieces of furniture and have played with multiple brands of paints and my own recipes.

If I am painting a small project, I usually go ahead and purchase a small jar of this paint.  It is affordable, offers lots of colors, and has always performed nicely!   If you have a Hobby Lobby nearby, you can purchase it there with a coupon.  If not, it is available online here and is actually a little cheaper than the shelf price at HL.

Here are a couple of things I have painted with this brand of paint.

A couple of easy projects!

The table on the left and the shutters are painted with Vintage and have a stained glaze finish.  The middle table is Everlasting with a little Relic mixed in.

DIY Chalk Paint

If I am painting a large piece of furniture, I always make my own paint.  I think it is silly to spend $35+ bucks on a quart of paint.  I also like being able to pick from the countless color options.

When painting large items, I ALWAYS use a sprayer.  It saves so much time and you get a really even finish.

This is the sprayer that I have used for going on 5 years.  It is affordable and is really easy to operate!

When using a sprayer, you definitely want to make your own paint due to the volume of paint you will use.

This is the paint I have settled on for my favorite recipe.  I tried several, and this provides the best finish in my opinion.

This sprayer has painted LOTS of furniture!

Behr paint is available at Home Depot.  Make sure to get the Matte finish.  You will get the deep base or white base depending on the color you pick.  (This post is NOT endorsed by Behr or Home Depot…just my FAV!)


Recipe for Painting with a BRUSH

Recipe for Painting with a SPRAYER


  1. Measure the Plaster of Paris and Calcium Carbonate into a container with a lid.  I usually purchase some plastic bowls from the dollar store.
  2. Add the Water and stir with a disposable spoon until it is smooth.
  3. Add half of the paint and stir.  Mix in the rest of the paint and stir until smooth.

Make your own chalk paint!


  • Only mix up enough chalk paint for the project you are working on.
  • If you are using a sprayer and it is sputtering or not coming out evenly, simply add a little more water.
  • Keep the lid on the container when you are not using the paint.  It dries quickly.
  • I haven’t been able to find Calcium Carbonate in any stores.  I always order it here.

You will be able to use the Plaster of Paris and the Calcium Carbonate for several projects.

Happy Painting!!

For more information on using a sprayer to chalk paint, check out this post on How to Paint Furniture – The Easy Way.

Chalk Paint Furniture with a sprayer

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Chalk paint recipe for brush or sprayer!
Save money and make your own chalk paint!

I’m Melinda, and I am thrilled you are here!  I’m a wife, mother to 3 energetic boys, DIY enthusiast, and lover of all things creative.  Make This Day Count is my place to share my love for projects, family life, and natural living.



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