I’ve made my own chalky finish paint for almost 3 years now and I still love it! Using this paint to paint furniture and home decor (like picture frames) is so much fun and can be really addicting! What I love most about making my own paint is how versatile it is. Once you use it a time or two you will begin to see what techniques you like best.
Did you know most of my furniture and home decor I picked up for FREE? Or at least for a great price on Craigslist. I share my tips for updating Craigslist furniture finds here.
My gallery wall also features a number of chalky finish picture frames. I love using left over paint from a project to paint picture frames from the thrift store. You can see how I paint picture frames by clicking here.
How to make chalky finish paint:
I like to use Plaster of Paris mixed with latex paint samples. I love picking up oops paint from Home Depot for $1 or less. If you stick to neutral colors you will always have a need for the paint.
You can find so many recipes on Pinterest using Plaster of Paris, calcium carbonate, or unsanded grout. I started by using 2 Tbsp of Plaster of Paris and 1 Tbsp of water mixed into 8 oz of paint. I’ve changed that up as I’ve painted more but it’s a good beginner recipe.
When it comes to this paint I love that there is no prep (practically) and that it dries so quickly. I’ve had a few bumps along my road of furniture painting but I will give you all the tips I can to keep you from making the same mistakes I made.
Tips for Using Chalky finish Paint:
- Take your time. You don’t want the paint to drip because it dries so quickly and it’s hard to fix a dried drip! With a thinner paint recipe you will want to barely dip your brush in the paint. The coverage is amazing! Seriously! Let each coat dry in between.
- The only prep I do is to clean the furniture and spray it with bleach mixed with water. Once it dries you are ready to paint. The bleach water will help lift out any oils that are on the furniture.
- Store left over paint in a sealed container so you can use it for smaller projects. I also store my paint brush in a plastic bag in between coats to keep it from drying out.
- Seal your work with a wax paste or polyurethane for protection.
Sometimes I use stain over my painted projects. It makes the piece look antiqued and I think it serves as a little protection. If you are looking for more of a solid color and do not want to change the color of your paint than just seal your project with wax. I’ve painted cabinets, bookshelves and a dresser with paint and no stain.
Homemade chalky finish paint makes painting furniture easy! There is no sanding or priming before you start painting!
Do you have a piece of furniture you’ve been dying to paint but don’t know how? Are you worried it’s going to be too much work? Do you have questions on how to get started, what you will need, and if it’s even worth the work?
Your Guide to Painting Furniture will take you through the process of finding furniture, making your own chalky finish paint, and how to use paint your furniture. Plus my tips on protecting your painted furniture, basic repairs, and tips for picking out paint colors!