I love the ease of chalk paint–totally minimal prep work, dries quick, looks great and is really versatile to different styles…however the price of chalk paint is kind of a bummer and the colors can also be pretty limited.
Through some trial and error I’ve found a really great recipe to turn any latex paint into chalk paint.
Just use this simple recipe:
- 2 cups latex paint in flat or matte finish
- 5 Tablespoons of plaster of Paris
- 3 Tablespoons of water
I like to use these plastic mixing cups. You can just grab them from Lowe’s or Home Depot or buy them online.
You’ll want to dissolve the plaster of Paris in the water first. Once it is completely dissolved you can mix in the paint.
You can add more water or plaster of Paris if your paint is too thick or runny, but I’ve found this recipe to be pretty bang on to get the creamy consistency we want.
I’d also like to point out if you don’t have the color you want of latex paint already, you can go to Home Depot and have a sample color made in flat or matte of any color! Two paint samples are just about the two cups you want for this recipe, but for a small project (like one table or dresser) you would be fine to get one sample and cut this recipe in half. The paint samples will have to come from Home Depot since Lowe’s doesn’t carry matte finish samples.
Did you try this recipe? Please let me know how it went in the comments below!