Video: How to Make Chalk Paint + What to Do With It

One of my favorite tools in my decor toolbelt is paint. Not just any kind, however. I have a particular fondness for chalk paint. In this post, I’ll explain what exactly chalk paint is (along with why I love it so much!). Plus, I’ll show you how to whip up a batch of DIY chalk paint and a fun way to use it in your home.

Painting furniture professionally has gotten me pretty spoiled when it comes to what paint I use for projects. My favorite type to use by far is chalk paint. Not only do I like the rustic finish it has, but it is by far the easiest paint to use, hands down!

I often prefer to buy chalk paint by my favorite brands, however, there’s always a time or two when I do not have access to my favorite one and I need to paint something, ASAP. Anyone know what I mean?  There are lots of recipes out there for DIY chalk paint, but this one is for when you’re in a pinch and need to make some fast.

How to make DIY Chalky Paint

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What is Chalk Paint?

Let’s chat real fast about what this incredible paint actually is. Chalk paint is a type of paint that has a signature matte finish. It’s a great paint to reach for if you want to give an item a distressed finish. If you love a rustic, chippy appearance, you’ll love this stuff!

That’s not to say you have to produce an aged appearance when you use this paint. In fact, you can also use it to give a super smooth coat to a worn-out piece of furniture too.

Benefits of Using Chalk Paint

First of all, I love the finish you get with chalk paint. Like I mentioned above, it can give even brand new items a rustic, aged finish. I like the matte finish it has much more than a glossy shiny one.

Secondly, chalk paint requires no prep work. Typically when you want to paint something you have to spend hours sanding it, cleaning it, and prepping it. With chalk paint, there’s none of that grunt work! Simply pick up a brush and start painting. Seriously.

Lastly, you can buy chalk paint in so many different beautiful shades, but you can easily make your own custom DIY chalk paint in whatever color you like. How fun is that?

How to Make Chalk Paint

Now that you know how awesome this paint is, let’s chat about how to make a batch of your own. You likely have most of the supplies at home already, which is always nice!

DIY Chalk Paint Supplies

  • Baking Soda
  • Any latex paint of your choice (mine was SW-Salty Dog Satin)
  • Spare container for mixing (I recycled an old plastic Hellman’s mayonnaise jar—just rinse it out first!)
  • Sharpie
  • Chip brush
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Gilders Paste Wax Rub in Gold (optional)
  • Spray SealerSupplies for diy chalk paint including jar of baking soda and latex paint

Step by Step Instructions for How to Make DIY Chalk Paint

  1. Measure out and pour 1 cup of water into your spare container and mark it with a Sharpie.  Pour out the water and dry your container out with a paper towel.
  2. Pour out your latex paint into the spare container up to the 1 cup mark only.
  3. Measure out 1/2 cup of baking soda and add to the paint in your spare container.
  4. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of cool water to your paint mixture and replace the lid tightly.
  5. Then shake your container vigorously for a minimum of 5 minutes to mix thoroughly.
  6. Now your paint is ready for use immediately.
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Tips for Painting With Chalk Paint

  • Tip #1 – If you need to stop painting for a short time and plan to use the same brush and color; wrap your wet brush up tightly in a wet paper towel followed by a piece of saran wrap. See below.Paint brush covered in DIY chalk paint being wrapped in saran wrap for use laterSaran wrap used to keep paint on paintbrush fresh
  • Tip #2 – If you aren’t able to do Tip #1 in time and your paint dries on your brush, soak it in some Murphy’s Soap for a few hours and watch your brush come back to life!  It’s literally magical! See below.How to use Murphy oil soap to clean dried chalk paint off brush
  • Tip #3 – Place a rubber band around the paint container. Use this to scrape your brush against and get off the excess paint instead of the lip of the container. This helps the lid to not stick to all the paint later on. Plus, it’s just cleaner.

How to Use Chalk Paint

The entire reason I made this DIY chalk paint was to give these old planter pots in my backyard pool area a major makeover.

chippy plastic planter pots

I decided to see if they could be salvaged. As you can see, they were in really rough shape with old chippy paint and grime; therefore, they got a bath!  Then they sat out in the sun to dry completely.

They were easy to cover with my DIY chalk paint, but they definitely needed two coats! Optionally, you can sand them lightly after painting if you’d like a super smooth surface, as this recipe is a little gritty. These pots are going back in my yard, so it was a ‘no’ on the sanding for me. As you can see, I simply brushed the paint right on—no prep necessary!

Painting planters with bright blue DIY chalk paint

I like to give my DIYs a little extra something, so I added some of this gold-colored wax to the raised areas of the planter pots for added detail and color.Gold gilder's paste wax on a clothWoman rubbing gilding wax over raised edges of pot

Finally, since these were going to be outside all of the time, I sealed them with Triple Coat Spray Sealer. Again, this step is totally optional. Can of Krylon clear glaze spray next to a planter painted in blue DIY chalk paint

Viola!  Quick & easy diy chalk painted pots! See how easy this was?

2 blue planters painted in chalk paint with gold detail on the trimPlastic planter painted with blue chalk paint and filled with flowersResults of learning how to make chalk paint - two blue painted plantersPlanter painted in chalk paint with blue and gold and filled with pink flowers and greenery

Final Thoughts on DIY Chalk Paint

This is my “go-to” recipe for DIY chalk paint in a pinch! Try it for yourself and see if you like it when you don’t have the real deal available! I use this on all materials; wood, glass, metal, plastic. It’s ultra forgiving and provides a great coverage.

I will say, there are definitely other recipes for DIY chalk paint. Most require Plaster of Paris (which I never seem to have on hand). These recipes may have a bit smoother finish. This recipe just works for those times when you’re in a pinch and need to paint something and don’t have “all the things”!

How to make DIY Chalky Paint

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diy chalk paint tie-dye t-shirt idea

My friend Amy Sadler wrote about a cute idea that uses DIY Chalk Paint on t-shirts to create a fun tie-dye effect over on her blog Chateau Chic DIY.  Using this method is so easy and fun to do with the kiddos! You’ll be addicted to tie-dye projects in no time. Visit her post to learn more about the process and options to create your very own tie-dye t-shirts!  >>How to Make a Tie-Dye T-Shirt using Chalk Paint<<

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>>>Leave your thoughts below in the comments, please… BTW— Life is short—Enjoy the mess!  If you liked this DIY idea, you may also enjoy this other outdoor project using chalk paint and stencils… Pool Storage Box DIY
 

How to Make Chalk Paint

DIY chalk paint can be made in any color you can think of. Plus, it's simple to make! Here's how to do it.

Materials

  • ยฝ cup Baking soda
  • 1-2 tbsp Latex paint of your choice
  • Water
  • Spare container with lid for mixing
  • Sharpie

Instructions

  • Measure one cup of water out and pour it into your container. Mark the spot where the water comes to with a sharpie. Dump the water out, and pour the latex paint to where the line is.
  • Add 1/2 cup baking soda.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of cold water, place the lid on the container, and shake vigorously for at least 5 minutes.

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59 Comments

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    1. Judy Zeppa says:

      Now I can make any color of chalk paint I like!!! Thanks Melanie!!!

  2. Michelle Hall says:

    Looks like a great way to make DIY chalk paint

  3. Cindy Johnson says:

    I cant wait to try my own chalk paint!

    1. southerncrush says:

      I’m so glad!

  4. Denise Liberman says:

    This tutorial came in handy this week. Have not been able to shop and used this “recipe” to help keep me busy.
    Thanks Melanie I love your page, and am looking forward to the craftathon.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Yay! I’m glad you’re here!

    2. I shared this Chalk Paint to my Facebook Group! They loved itโ€ผ๏ธ

  5. Judy Cline says:

    Very informative. I’ve just started using chalk paint so this is very helpful.

    Judy Cline

    1. southerncrush says:

      Yay! I’m so glad!

  6. Carolyn Franklin says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on making the chalk paint and doing the flower pot. The tips were a nice bonus.

    1. southerncrush says:

      You’re welcome!

  7. Toma Williams says:

    The flower plantar looks great. Love the technique you used.

  8. I love that you shared your recipe for chalk paint. I enjoy watching a lot of your videos.

  9. Thank You Melanie for all of the inspiration you give to us crafters!

  10. Thanks so much Melanie for showing us how to create all the ideas ๐Ÿ’ก you have. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š so much

  11. Stelia McClain Jones says:

    Is there any way to make chalk paint with acrylic paint or any other paint besides house paint? I dont have latex paint and would have to go buy it and if I’m gonna do that then would be cheaper to just buy chalk paint.

  12. So glad to get the recipe for the chalky paint. I need to make some to try.

  13. Thanks the info. I loved the finished planters

  14. Lee Ann Hill says:

    Thanks for sharing how to make chalk paint. I also have some flower pots to paint.

  15. Love this recipe:โค๏ธ

    1. Canโ€™t wait to try this

  16. Thanks for the recipe for chalk paint. I canโ€™t wait to try it.

  17. Pam Davis says:

    Thanks Melanie I found your blog I really like that I can go back to it when I need to,I can’t wait to make chalk paint.

  18. Marty walket says:

    Love the chalk paint recipe.Gotta try it!!

  19. Alice Rawlings says:

    I love watching you, beautiful work and great ideas!

  20. Tonia Krautlarger says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your chalk paint recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  21. Rhonda Jones says:

    Iโ€™m going to try this! Thereโ€™s always flower pots to paint!

  22. Charlotte says:

    Making your own chalk paint is easier than I thought. And I love the look of it. Thanks for the recipe.

  23. Jo Ann Hassell says:

    Great instructions

  24. I just love you Melanie and all the crafts that you do! You are very talented and always do crafts that everyone can afford! Thank you for all you do! I really enjoy watching you each week show me new things ๐Ÿ’œ

  25. Sandy kidd says:

    I cant wait to try the paint! Love the flower pots

  26. Wanda Walton Hollowell says:

    I appreciate this info. Iโ€™ve never chalk painted anything. My neighbor just gave me two old windows. I need to repaint and distress them a bit. Now I will know how to do that. Thanks!

  27. Thank you for the chalk paint recipe and directions.

  28. Linda Newby says:

    Thank you so very much for your chalk paint instructions. This will help so many of us. Enjoy your blog posts every day.

  29. Canโ€™t wait to try this!

  30. Penny Kitchens says:

    I love this quick and easy chalk paint recipe! Definitely a recipe I will be following. Thanks,.

  31. Anna Cecco says:

    I never knew you could make your own chalky paint!!

  32. Sandra Starcher Brannon says:

    Thank you for share. Definitely a must do

  33. Pam Davis says:

    Love watching your crafts and the ideas we can use around the house thank you

  34. Lindy Womble says:

    The information is sooo good!!!

  35. Charlene Pledger Koger says:

    Enjoyed this demo!

  36. I love the changes on the planter pots

  37. Janet Idziak says:

    Thank you for the easy to follow recipe for chalk paint.
    Hope to make some in the near future.

  38. Love this idea…Iโ€™ve been wanting to try to make my own chalk paint…now I know how!! Thank you so much for sharing this!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  39. Jenny brooks says:

    Love the flower pots I will have to try these

  40. Ruby Like says:

    Thanks for the recipe

  41. Evelyn Morgan says:

    I need to do this will look good on my back porch.

  42. angela Marie maggio says:

    chalk paint

  43. jessica webb says:

    this is a gorgeous way to accent any dark color black would also be awesome

  44. Michelle Thompson says:

    Thank you Melanie for the chalk recipe. I am so going to use this!!

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