Homemade Chalk Paint

I love homemade anything…
food, cleaners, skin products, & paint?
Yes.. I love making my own chalk paint. 
{Not to be confused with chalkboard paint.}
& you can make chalk paint too…
It’s very simple & very affordable… bonus!
There are a few recipes on how to make homemade chalk paint
but here is the one that I use & love…

You can find all of these items at Lowe’s.
I found the un-sanded grout in the tile section for about 5 dollars.
You can also experiment with your grout to paint ratio
as well to get the consistency that you like.
Here is my most recent piece that I used 
chalk paint on….



This dresser was a pice of work to say the least.
From the top of the dresser falling apart
& there being about four layers of paint on it.
I had my work cut out for me. 
After sanding the dresser down, I used wood
glue to repair the chipping pieces.
After the wood glue, I used wood filler to fill 
in all the dips & divots in the wood.

The client wanted the desk solid white with out
any distressing. The chalk paint has such 
good coverage that it made it an easier task
to cover this antique beauty.

Benefits of Chalk Paint:
-You do not need to sand the piece of furniture before painting
-No primer needed
- A little goes a VERY long way because it’s so thick
-Easy to distress 
-Dries very quickly & dries with a very nice chalky finish

Now you are probably wondering If I have ever used
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & the answer is that I have not.
Don’t get me wrong, I really do want to try it sometime,
I just have not got around to ordering it & no
one in my area sells it. I will be buying it & giving you 
a review on it sometime soon!

I think in every blog post I talk about the 
cute ‘legs’ of the piece of furniture, but seriously…
look at them. & little wheels.. love them!

The client chose crystal knobs for the top two drawers 
& opted to keep the other wooden knobs…
I love her decision & think the crystal knobs look perfect!

Have you made chalk paint before or used Annie Sloan Chalk paint?
I happen to love it & I will show you more projects of me using 
chalk paint in different ways.
Good luck with your Chalk Paint adventures!!
If you have a chalk paint project go link it up on 
Liz Marie Blog Facebook page, I would love to see them.
O, & you know that little reindeer? more on that little guy soon!
I hope you are having a fabulous Halloween weekend…
I have been having such a good weekend & the Mr. has the 
day off tomorrow, so we get a three day weekend together..
I love long weekends with my best friend.
Talk to you soon!


  1. Janel@hatingmartha says:

    Grout? Grout? I keep seeing ingredients I don't recognize…but I recognize grout! I am so excited…now I feel I can actually try this! Thanks so much for making me feel like I might be able to achieve some of the amazing results I have seen in bloggy world!

  2. Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings says:

    so glad you shared this.. i have been looking for a chalk paint recipe on pinterest.. I I use this for a kids chalk board?

  3. I can't wait to give this a try!

  4. The Old Block House Shop says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe for chalk paint. I'll be picking up some grout tomorrow.


  5. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    Looks great! I want to try painting our old nightstands. I've seen recipes using plaster of Paris too–does that give you chalkboard paint?

    • Marguerite says:

      Yes, I tried mixing plaster of paris with paint to make chalk board paint. It does get very thick, so you may have to add some water. I have also used Annie Sloan’s paint and i have to say that it is better, however it is expensive. I used my own on a large frame and made a mirror out of it. It came out really nice, however, a piece of paint did chip off. I left it because it just added to the character. ASCP didn’t chip. So I guess you get what you pay for. I’ going to try the grout mixture next and see what happens.

  6. Liz Marie says:

    I have found this recipe to make chalk board paint:

    3 teaspoons acrylic paint [colour of choice]
    1 1/2 teaspoons glazing medium [water based]
    1/2 teaspoon powder tile grout [Not Sanded]

    I have never tried making chalk board paint, but maybe I will soon! Hope this helps!!

  7. Shannon@shabbytochicqueencreek says:

    I have been doing this using Plaster Of Paris. Works great! I haven't tried the grout yet, but I suppose it gives the same consistency.

    • Maia Tress says:

      Hi, I am reading your comment that you made chalk paint using plaster of paris…I just read a recipe for that and have a little question.

      I am considering painting an entire wooden floor, reasonably high traffic, with a pug and her toenails as well, and am wondering about the durability of chalk paint. I am hungry for any information I can get on this topic and am hoping you will take a minute to share your experience.

      Thank you!!

      Maia Tress in Amarillo, TX

  8. That sounds easy enough, especially since my day job is tile sales, I have easy access to grout! What did you use to finish the piece? Did you use a wax?

  9. Renewed Upon a Dream says:

    You are so lucky to get a 3 day weekend with your hubby. Mine's on overnight shift right now, & I had to go to Traverse City for work for the weekend, so I haven't seen him since Friday morning & I wont see him again 'till tomorrow night (he has tomorrow off!) I get excited to see him for a few hours haha! We only get a full day off together about once a month lately.

  10. That's wonderful! I love the versatility of being able to pick any color imaginable.
    Do you know could this be used on a veneer or laminate without having to sand/prime, too?
    Also, I love the tiny legs, too!

  11. Liz Marie says:

    Thank you everyone! I am sorry I did not include my finish in the post.. I used my trusty minwax poly water based to finish this dresser.

  12. Liz Marie says:

    Hey Aly! Yes, that's the beauty of this paint.. it sticks to any surface, but with me wanting to be careful & not trusting it haha I always do a little light sanding.. even if it's just a brush over with a sanding block. I hope this helps!

  13. Rona Gregory says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. i have been seeing Annie Sloan's chalk-paint everywhere in the blogsphere but, like you, I would have to order and have it shipped to me which sort of makes it a bit out of my price range right now. But grout and paint I can do! who'd have thought? now I just need to see if I can get this minwax stuff around here!

    love your blog and all your projects, keep sharing!

  14. Hi Liz! LOVE your blog- thanks for sharing this- you have made my day! I have been waiting for Chalk Paint to be made available by a dealer in Canada forever…and this solves all my problems! Thanks so much!!! :)

  15. Rona Gregory says:

    Liz I just noticed you used Exterior latex, is that important or can you use interior? Also i have found Minwax but there seem to be several! Which do you recommend? There is one called wipe=on poly that is water based? Thank you xx

    Melissa… I share your frustration…everything I see in all the tutorials is always so hard to get hold of here in Canada! I live in a remote township in northern Ontario 400+ KM from any decent shops making things even more difficult!

    • Wendy Shattler says:

      Annie Sloan paint is available in Bath, ON at the Melon Patch. Also I found a chalk paint recipe on youtube…2 parts latex paint and 1 part baking soda let dry and finish with 2 coats of wax letting dry in between coats. Then buff with a soft cloth.
      Happy Projects everyone!

  16. Liz Marie says:

    Hi Rona! I just sent you an email, I hope you got it! It does not matter the brand.. it's just a water based polyurethane. You can use it in any method {spray, brush on..} It's all preference. That one sounds right! I hope this helps.

  17. Love this. Such a creative idea.

  18. Sara Blohm says:

    Can this be used on walls? Or only little items? Thanks!

  19. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!I LOVE IT!

  20. Traci Rose - yellowWISHBONE says:

    how cute! i love the tutorial and the dresser – the casters give it the perfect amount of charm!

    also, i have to say i am jealous of your furniture finds! do you have any tips for snagging great pieces?

  21. patti west says:

    Thank you for the chalk paint recipe! I only just ordered some AS last week…but am glad to know how you make yours and will definitely make a note of it. Your dresser turned out lovely!! Thanks again!

  22. patti west says:

    p.s. I grouted a tile floor today!! It's a tan colored grout though. ;)

  23. Sugarr2518 says:

    Such a neat idea! I would have never thought to use any of those items to make chalk paint! The dresser looks amazing. I agree with you that the crystal knobs are amazing!

  24. Wow, thanks for all the great information. Do you just use white grout????

  25. Its beautiful!! I found a recipe for homemade chalk paint on pinterest this last week & was wondering if it would work! Thanks for the information!

  26. Maves Faves says:

    Hi and happy Tuesday. I’m one of your newest followers from Blog it forward Tuesday. I paid it forward by tweeting your post chalk paint recipe. Can't wait to give this a try myself. Hope that you come by for a visit and a follow http://mavesfaves.blogspot.com/

  27. Jess@Balancing The Dream says:

    wow!! I didn't realize making chalk paint was soo easy!! I will definitely have to attempt this!! Thanks for sharing and you furniture turned out amazing!!

  28. Thanks for sharing, this piece looks great!

  29. Jacqueline says:

    I've been seeing allot of post on blog land about making chalk paint, its pretty much the same thing to make chalkboard paint, but I'm definitely going to try it as I love making my own colors and even though I want to try her paint its really expensive. Your dresser came out beautiful!

  30. A Lived in Home says:

    So easy! Who would've thunk it?! I need to try this bc I don't want to pay the price for the Annie Sloans.

  31. It turned out great! Thanks for sharing bc like others have said I wanted to try it but didn't want to dish out that cash for Annie Sloans! Where did you find that braided rug? Love it.

  32. Thank you for sharing! Found your blog post from the inspired by you party. It turned out beautiful!

  33. Little Vintage Cottage says:

    It's beautiful! And I have just GOT to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!


  34. Anneke {RustiChic} says:

    This piece turned out great! I've never made a chalk paint, but I use ASCP and it is A.MAZ.ING. My hubby kept laughing at me because I kept getting him the first time I used it saying, "Look at this! This stuff is crazy!!! Just look babe!" Lol. I still use other products, but I definitely use it for particular pieces. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  35. The dresser looks beautiful. I have used AS chalk paint and I love it. I am definitely going to try your recipe and see how it compares. I'd love if it works as well because the only drawback to the AS chalk paint is the steep price. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  36. megan {homemade ginger} says:

    so awesome! I need to make this. the dresser turned out beautifully!

  37. Kirstin Joy@ Burlap and Buttons says:

    Do you find the chalky finish rubs off on anything you set on top? love the look!

  38. Hi! Thank you for sharing and for dedicating yourself to this beautiful blog. I have a little situation and i would really appreciate your help.

    The furniture pieces im trying to restore are not authentic wood. They're made of plywood and pressboard. I wish I could upgrade to better stuff but right now I can't. Do you think chalk paint would be better for this type of situation? Do you have any special secrets on painting these types of furniture?


  39. Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy says:

    Oh my goodness I completely adore you and your blog can we please please be best friends?! Ohhh this is AMAZING!!!!! :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  40. This is great, I don't think you can even buy chalk paint in Australia, but now I can make my own!

  41. Terri @ A Creative Princess says:

    This is great! Thank you so much for sharing how to make it! I'm going to Lowe's today! I would love for you to link up to “It’s a Party” going on right now!

  42. Very nice! Chic and charming :)

  43. Kerry Rossow says:

    And here I thought chalk paint was going to put me in the poor house! This is fantastic- thank you for sharing!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  44. WhyCuzICan says:

    As always, Liz Marie, great before/after and tut for homemade chalk paint, I'll have to give it a shot. Thanks the the recipe!~

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's Linky Party,
    Smiles and thanks for sharing,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  45. freckled laundry says:

    I love chalk paint! Thanks for sharing! xo Jami

  46. CraftyCanadian says:

    Very very pretty :)

  47. The Corson Cottage says:

    This turned out just great! What a great tip to use for chalk paint! Thanks for sharing:) Carrie

  48. I have been looking for a way of aking my own chalk paint, and now I have found it!!! I use Annie Sloan paint, but it is expensive. How do you tint the colour?


  49. Angela (Cottage Magpie) says:

    I can't wait to try this! Does this paint keep at all? I've seen this recipe and also one using Plaster of Paris… but it would seem like either the grout or plaster would make the paint turn into a solid rock after a short while? Does it? Or does it stay liquid because there's so little grout in it? Also, did you try any of the other recipes or just go with this one?

    Thanks so much! Love your blog!


  50. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    I use ASCP all the time. Worth the price because it goes forever and ever. The whole purpose that the chalk paint was created for was to replicate a time worn aged finish that European antiques get over years of time. The wax creates the most gorgeous patina. It completely changes the look of the paint and makes it adhere to the piece you are working on.
    ASCP also dries very fast because there is no latex in it. A project can be finished in less than a day.

    I haven't tried making my own, but have heard from others that it comes out very gritty and has to be sanded. ASCP can be sanded, but does not have to be. There is no grit. I have also heard the stored homemade kind can smell rank later. No smell with ASCP.

    Your piece is very pretty though. Found your blog post on my sidebar from Blogher.


    • I’m glad you shared your thoughts re ASCP…I took a workshop in our town for ASCP but tried to make my own CP and it’s very gritty and stinky! I’ve been trying to read up more on DIY bec of that darn grit!

  51. I will so have to try this! Love how yours turned out! Thanks for sharing how!

    • For painting, at bare miniumm power wash. Applying bleach afterward is better. Etching with acid (after both of the previous steps) is best.Bear in mind:Paint will wear quickly on a driveway.After proper prep, several coats will give you more time between needing to touch-up & add more paint.

  52. Katherines Corner says:

    I love it when can you bring it by, giggle Big Hugs ♥

  53. Nike@ChooseToThrive says:

    Soooooo pretty! And no priming? Score!

  54. BeingBrook says:

    What a cool idea! I love the chalk paint finish. This is going on my list of things to try!

  55. Perhaps you can help. We tried this recipe twice. The first time was kind of clumpy (had some tiny but hard lumps) and the second time it was a giant, clumpy mess and when we applied it to the chair (after we decided we couldn't stir it anymore because both of us had done it until each arm was tired) it came out streaky. We had to apply 3 coats and still have to do more tomorrow. There are still streaks and we can still see the wood of the chair under the 3 coats. And that second time we only used 1/2 the amount of grout hoping it wouldn't be as clumpy as the first time. Any ideas why this could be? Have you had this problem or is it smooth when you do it?

    • lora tillman daniels says:

      Try sifting the plaster or the grout to get out any lumps before mixing, also cut back on the plaster or grout.

  56. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    Awesome! I had no idea! I wonder what it is that makes you not need primer? The grout obviously, but it must be the slightly gritty texture? Crazy! Can't wait to try this!!

  57. Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} says:

    Love it! I also love that cute rug and the gold deer! Great Job! I haven't tried chalk paint yet but I've been dying too! I'll have to try yours.

  58. Between U & Me says:

    I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!

  59. I love the transformation. The dresser looks wonderful. I haven't tried using chalk paint before. I will have to give it a try.

  60. This is genius! I have been hearing about chalk paint for a while now. So now that I know how to make it, I am totally going to have it give it a try! I am so happy you shared this @ Show & Share, thank you!

    Ps–I am going to be featuring this tomorrow. :)

  61. I've used this recipe many times over the last couple of years to make chalk board paint, but have not used it as actual paint.
    your dresser looks great!

  62. house no. 2 says:

    you are awesome. i love love love your blog, can't believe i didn't find it sooner! the chalk paint is the best.

    this gives me hope for an old rickety dresser i have in my garage. it's the UGLIEST thing, oh my gosh! it is screaming and crying for some white paint and glass knobs.

  63. Holly Lefevre says:

    I love this. I have yet to use (or make) chalk paint…but I definitely have a few projects to try it on!

  64. reflective vests says:

    Neat idea! I would have never thought to use any of those stuffs to make paint! The dresser looks amazing. I agree with you that the crystal makes amazing!

  65. Simply Beautiful Now says:

    Lovely. I just transformed a thrift store dresser, (seen here at: http://simplybeautifulnow.blogspot.com/) and would love to have used your chalk paint formula.

    Will try for my next project. Thanks for sharing!

  66. Christina says:

    Absolutely gorgeous piece!

    I have also used this recipe to make chalkboard paint and it works very well!

    @Aly – I was also concerned about clumpiness (as many comments to the chalkboard paint recipe I found mentioned it); to solve this my hubby and I simply gradually added the unsanded tile grout to the paint, mixing very well in between each small addition. And the result… NO clumps at all! :D Hope that helps!

    Take care,

  67. Megan @ Megity's Handmade says:

    I have a little dresser that is waiting for a paint makeover. It's currently sponged painted in a color that I think is supposed to represent 80's yellowed oak. I had to come over and check this one out. Do you know how well it will hold up?

  68. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    it looks beautiful and sweet! i have got to try that!

  69. Darling @ Junque 'n my Trunk says:

    I am so going to try this! I work at a flooring store – grout is plentiful, and free for leftovers! I really didn't know that it was so easy to make chalk paint. It is so hard to get chalk paint where i live, in fact impossible. Shipping was the only option…until now. Thank You :)

  70. Trish @MomOnTimeout says:

    This is really so awesome! I have only heard of chalk paint and never tried it. I think I'm going to have to give it a go now. I wanted to ask you since the paint is so thick, can you see brush strokes easier or not? Thanks you for sharing this tutorial at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Hope to see you again this week :)

    –Trish@Mom On Timeout

  71. Wow! Thanks for the info, and your piece came out great!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  72. Fascinating. That actually *is* the recipe for chalkboard paint, according to Martha Stewart and several other bloggers, including me. Now I'm not clear on the point of chalk paint, but that's nothing new :)

  73. Jenny @ Simcoe Street says:

    It is beautiful!


  74. Artsy VaVa says:

    Thanks for the chalk paint recipe. The dresser looks great!

  75. Hi Blog BFF I just wanted to let you know that this is amazing….!!! I am just getting used to getting excited and super excited by each one of your posts! So I for sure had to feature this over at my place tonight!!! Thank you so much for the amazing tutorial!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  76. Mosaic Diva says:

    In the picture showing the grout and paint, the paint is exterior. Does it matter? Just wondering. Hope to try this soon. So glad there are some recipes for chalk paint to try. I knew it couldn't be rocket science!

  77. Southern Junk Chic says:

    Looks great! Did you have any problems with lumps in the mixture? I tried making my own chalk paint to make colored chalk boards, but had issues with lumps.

  78. I'm currently experimenting with baking soda, but will try the unsanded grout too. Lovely job on this dresser – the crystal knobs add just the right amount of glamour :)

  79. Michelle Johnnie says:

    I've heard good things about chalk paint. I will be featuring this tonight at somedaycrafts.blgospot.com.

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  81. Thanks for the recipe, the dresser is gorgeous. Love the knobs.

  82. Honey at 2805 says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips!

  83. Linda @ it all started with paint says:

    I'm so glad you were a fan favorite on The Shabby Nest because I saw your link on one of the link parties, planned to go back and click through, got distracted and then couldn't find you again!

    I have a new (old) dresser I picked up on craigslist with the same super cute little legs and wheels. I think I'll try your chalk paint recipe when I refinish.

  84. I love your blog – so pretty! Just found it via pinterest and became a follower. I will have to try your chalk paint recipe! I have used the Annie Sloan Chalk paint and it's wonderful, but expensive!

    ~ Rachael

  85. Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff says:

    Can I ask what top coat did you use with your DIY chalk paint?

    I pinned this idea!


  86. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU — I had a set of chairs for my kitchen table that were ready to be painted at exactly the same time I read this. I was trying to figure out what I was going to do because while I wanted the ASCP look, I couldn't afford it. I bought the grout, and painted my first coat last night. It is the most unique painting experience I have ever had. The look of the paint, once mixed, totally belies how it behaves. LOVE IT!!! I will have to do probably 3 coats to get where I want to be – but am putting the 2nd coat on tonight so maybe not…. we'll see. I can tell that there are a lot of projects I will be using this on for sure…..
    And I am glad I came back today to read the comments – I was confused about a finish/top coat —- now I get it – plain old poly…..
    Quick question – has anyone had luck with CP on laminate?? (IE – fake wood bookshelf that I would like to jazz up a bit.)

  87. HOOTENANNY...Jennifer Jacks says:

    Bought some chalk paint at Scott's in Atlanta this past week. Wish I had seen this…looks great!

  88. Stitches and Stuffing says:

    Gorgeous! Now I just need a "well-loved" antique to try this on….I feel a trip to the thrift store coming on!

  89. I have to say I tried this technique and it didn't work out for me. The first 15 or 20 minutes, it was okay, but the paint began getting thicker and thicker until it was like painting with marshmallow creme. When I tried to thin it, it became very lumpy. Used unsanded grout and Valspar interior matte paint. Wish I had a more favorable experience to report.

    • I had this problem too, but then realized that adding water to the paint WAS the thing that was making it lumpy, since grout reacts chemically and gets hard when water is added.
      (otherwise, thinning latex paint with water is perfectly acceptable, never use paint thinner with latex!). There is an additive you can buy called Floetrol for thinning latex, though i haven’t tried it and am not sure how it would react with the grout/paint mixture. Otherwise, I think a short shelf life and thick consistency is the downside of this chalk board paint recipe. Perhaps the baking soda alternative that some have mentioned might thin better? Still, for small batches, this one works well.

  90. breezelife says:

    Thank you for this. Your work is beautiful. A question: doesn't grout come in different colors? Do you try to match the grout to the color of the paint? Thanks again!

    • Grout only comes in Light/dark Gray or White. I have never seen it in a different color. It’s possible!

      • Sorry! I was thinking of mortar I’ve only seen it in two colors. Grout comes in many different colors and one of the reasons is to match the color of the tile but also to match the color of your walls in whatever room in the house you are having tiled.

  91. Hi, I live in Australia where we don't have Chalk Paint. I tried your recipe with some flat white ceiling paint and powdered Grout. It left a gritty texture when dry, however I still LOVED IT! I am never going back to normal paint. It only took one coat to cover, then a sand with a fine sandpaper got off all the gritty bits. It looks amazing. Love the way it thickens the paint. I found layering it on very thickly and leaving it to completely dry over night worked best. Thanks again for sharing!

  92. Hi, would it work with plster also? Thanks

    • I heard it does work with plaster. One of the gals that I sold some furniture too after we started talking about Annie Sloans chaulk paint and how expensive it was, she told me she makes her own chaulk paint. She uses plaster! She loves it! She even makes her own chaulk board paint.

  93. Hi, would it work with plaster also? Thanks

  94. Anonymous says:

    You are amazing! Thank you. I used your formula to paint the inside of a re-purposed armoire. Yes, the paint got thick, so I added a bit of water, and that seemed to work. Then I got to thinking how dull the inside of my china cabinet looked, all that dark wood, you know. So I got a sample jar of Behr paint, added the grout, and magic!!!! It makes my whole room pop and my china looks even more gorgeous.

  95. Thank you so much for the recipe! I have heard that you can use baking soda or plaster of paris also.



  96. Thanks so much for the recipe Liz! I just tried it out and gave my review about it today :-) P.S. for those who were wondering, I used grey grout with white paint and it did not change the color of my paint at all. Here is a link to my post http://spruceyournest.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-chalk-paint-review.html

  97. I have just discovered your site and recipe for chalk paint. We cannot get chalk paint in Australia so I was thrilled when I saw your site. Tried this afternoon and will do second coat tomorrow on something I was practising on. I shave read so much on various blogs about this paint, I contacted the manufacturers and Aussie is very far down the list. I am told it is very expensive anyway so your recipe rocks. Thanks for sharing

    • Lisa latreille says:

      I am the Australian distributor for “Autentico vintage Chalk Paint”.
      It pretty much has just landed here, i did try to make my own chalk paint in the past also & it works well, however after using Autentico’s i was hooked, soooooo easy & great colour range.
      I loved it so much that i brought it to Australia.
      I had been using porters paints before that and they are not cheap, so i find that Autentico’s price is really good considering.
      For all those in australia feel free to contact me : latreilledesign@gmail.com.
      Love your work,!

  98. I just tried your recipe. I live in Alaska and there is not chalk paint that I’m aware of up here. Just wondering (not having seen/used chalk paint before) what is the texture supposed to be like? Because I’m finding my to be very lumpy. The paint is thick enough too that it seems to leave brush strokes. Could you give me some tips on painting with chalk paint? It doesn’t seem to go on as smoothly as regular paint.

  99. Tried it. Love it! Thank you sooo much for the recipe!

  100. denise deerong@aol.com says:

    please tell me what wax are you useing

  101. Hi there from the uk!
    Ive painted just about everything in my home with annie sloan and a new paint called autentico, They are both far too expensive for my liking, not dissing them but i do feel they are pushing it a bit too much with their prices. Im going to get some uncut grout?? do you mean emulsion paint is the one i should mix it with?
    Regards Lucy

  102. Sandra Frazier says:

    Hi there from British Columbia, Do you use wax and if so what kind do you use?? I have used annie sloans wax and love it but was wondering if there are any comparable ones as it is a long way for me to go to get hers. Thanx and the dresser is beautiful!! sandra

  103. Gloria Eastland says:

    I’m really confused about making chalk paint. One site said that plaster of paris can be used as well, and that is what I used. The first time I mixed it, I mixed water with the p of p, then added paint. Didn’t like that. Then I mixed the p of p directly into the paint, and that was better. But I can’t see that it has very good coverage at all. I’m doing a trunk style table and I have put 3 coats on. Am I making it to thin? Should I try the grout instead. I used way more p of p than 1 T. to 1 c. of paint. The approximate measure was 1 part p of p to 3 c. paint. Help!! Thank you

  104. I have spent the morning trying to make chalk paint using plaster of paris. I started out with a 4 to 1 mixture I used an electric mixer to mix. i ended up adding the entire quart of paint but the plaster of paris still rolls up when applied…Please tell me what i did wrong. thanks

  105. I just came across your blog! I too make my own chalk paint. I have however tried Annie Sloan and Cee Cee Caldwell. Both quality pains which are very nice to use. My preference for my own paint comes from saving a lot of money and getting the custom colors I desire :) I use flat paint, unsanded grout, and a tiny bit of water. I place these in an old blender… this cure my issue with having it be a little rough?
    My recipe is
    2 cups flat paint
    2 Tablespoons Unsanded Grout
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    I blend the grout and water in an old blender on high speed for about 15 seconds. Then I add the paint and blend on medium speed until smooth. It works wonderfully!

    Love your paint project!

  106. Pat Read says:

    I painted an old desk with latex satin paint and it turned OK but not what I had hoped for. Can I just paint over it with chalk paint or should I sand the finish first? I love old cupboards and such and am excited about doing some using your technique.

  107. Tiffany Edwards says:

    Hey there! What type of wax do you use after you use your chalk paint recipe?


  108. I have made my own chalk paint using calcium carbonate – it did NOT turn out gritty. Paint did not chip – I distressed it and it stayed great. I applied a thin coat of clear wax to finish. ASCP is great – I have used two cans of her paint, but like many others, my budget doesn’t stretch that far – for those that can afford it great – but not all of us can. Don’t downgrade the homemade version unless you have tried it.

  109. Debra Richardson says:

    I´m glad to see your recipe for chalk paint. Sounds like lots of people are making their own and finding it very successful. I was very disappointed with Annie Sloan´s chalk paint. I bought a litre (quart) of her paint which is $50 where I live in Canada, and a can of her clear wax for $38 and her book for $32 and tried the paint on a small oak table, which I had sanded lightly first as her book said. Even after three coats of her paint, the stain bled through. I contacted the seller who said to put on a coat of shellac and paint it again. I have painted a lot of furniture and this was the most work I´ve ever had to do and by far the most expensive. So, I´m back to my old method of a coat of primer and a coat of paint. But, I will definitely get some grout and add it to my paint for home-made chalk paint!



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    Annie Sloan paint is ok. Don’t bother with her wax though. Through recomendation I have discovered AUTENTICO. The wax is amazingly soft and doesn’t take the paint off, it is so easy to brush on and a little goes a long way. I am definately going to use the paints which the same source has said are so easy to use and you won’t get the “balling” that you get with AS. I wish I had found it earlier.

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  135. Does it have to be flat paint? I have a mis-mix can I bought for $2 and would love to use it, but I’m not positive that it is flat.

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  137. I have used the plaster of paris recipe with great success. I mix 1 heaping tbs. of POP with 1 tbs of warm water in a container with a flat bottom till it is smooth & creamy. Containers with any contour cause a lumpy outcome. I add 3 tbs of any latex paint and mix thoroughly. Ratio is 1 part POP/water : 3 parts paint; 2 parts paint gives you a thicker paint. Single or double batches of this recipe work best for me to maintain the pigment and consistency so I don’t have to deal with it getting clumpy.
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