Best of the Best – Chalk Paint Recipe

Best of the Best – Chalk Paint Recipe

If you are on this blog, more than likely you are into repainting and giving life to old furniture. If this is you then you HAVE to try chalk paint. It’s a great time saver, as it’s a type of paint that adheres really well, and saves you from having to prime or prep if you don’t want to. I found this great multi-step tutorial with awesome pictures from iheartnaptime. All credit goes 100% to her blog.


I looked up the chalk paint price point and it is about double regular paint. If you’re like me…you try to think of way to do it cheaper. Here’s how to make chalk paint at home.

With a little research and talking with a few friends I came up with this formula. I played around with different measurements and found this mixture to be the best consistency.


How to make chalk paint


  • Paint (I matched ‘white raisin’ by Sherwin Williams at Lowes)
  • Plaster of Paris (powder)
  • Plastic container
  • Water
  • Furniture wax
  • Paint brush
  • Vaseline
  • Cloth
  • Medium sandpaper (120 works good)

1. I used Latex (water based) paint with this recipe. I have not tried oil based paint. Flat and Satin finish works best.

2. Make sure to store the plaster of paris in a ziplock bag… inside. If this bag is left open it wont work as well the next time around. Trust me, I tried!

3. Make sure the plaster of paris and water is SMOOTH before mixing it into the paint. It may take a few minutes to stir out all the clumps. You can add more water if it is too thick.

4. Between coats put a lid on your paint and your brush in a ziplock bag. You don’t want the paint to harden. Stir occasionally to keep the paint a good consistency.

5. Whenever my paint starts to get thick I another TB or two of  water and stir.

3The first thing I did was paint the edges black. I did this because I wanted the distressed areas to show black and not brown. I put the black paint anywhere I wanted to distress. 4You can see here how much paint I added. 5Then I applied Vaseline over the black paint. This will make the paint easily come off when it’s time to distress. 6 7For the chalk paint I mixed FOUR Tb Plaster of Paris and 2 TB water in one container. Then I added 2 cups of paint in the other container (okay, so I estimated). Once the plaster of paris mixture was a smooth (thick) consistency I mixed it in with the paint. If it’s still thick add another tablespoon of water! 8 9

The next morning when my paint was completely dry, I lightly sanded the edges (using 120 paper). Since I did the Vaseline technique the paint litterally just wiped off in those spots. This is why it’s important to not get too Vaseline happy. Lol! I may have on one side… just sayin’.

The Vaseline technique really did work great. I didn’t have to sit there for an hour and sand my edges. It only took me about five minutes. It also gives the piece a textured look, which I love.

10That’s it! Are you dying over this yellow paint color?! I’m adding yellow accents to my room and cannot wait to show you how it’s all coming together. Yellow is such a happy color. 🙂1



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