DIY Chalk Paint!


by Isabel Brickley


Everyone has heard of this great new (or not) chalk paint. Very easy to use on furniture, cabinets, and anything you pretty much want. Best make over tool yet! Every up comes with a down, correct? Well the price of the chalk paint not so friendly for those of us trying to make the re-mod an inexpensive one. For that reason I bring you a very easy to do recipe for chalk paint made from regular paint!




-1 Cup of latex Paint (It really goes a long way!)


-2 1/2 table spoons of plaster of paris (found at your local home improvement stores ie. Home Depot, Lowes)




-1 ½ table spoons of cool water




-Mix the water with the Plaster of Paris until the grainy texture is COMPLETELY smooth.

-Then add this mixture to your paint and BOOM you have chalk paint! That was easy, right?

Well I will show you how my very first project with this wonderful DIY Chalk Paint went.

I purchased this very old window ( it is over 100 years old ) from a gentleman on craigslist ! p.s I love Craigslist! ($25 Window)

I cleaned the window very well! I had to make sure to get all the dirt and grit from all the corners. You never want to use paint to cover up dirt, right? ( Unless you are on a Naval Ship and it is time to come home from deployment ;) )

Then I used vaseline in some spots, never too much vaseline or you will be wiping up most of your paint. I used the vaseline so when I painted my window and the paint dryed I could easily create that worn down look instead of having to sand the paint down. If you don’t like the color that is already on your item, lay a first coat of a color you would like to show through the color you have already chosen for your top coat.

I didn’t mind the old wood color that was on my window so I went ahead and laid the SMALL amounts of Vaseline. After I had all the spots I wanted to show through my Chalk paint covered with the Vaseline, I painted!!!! I barely used 1/3 of my paint on the first coat. This stuff is really thick and covers up really nicely. I let that dry  ( not very long, as I am extremely impatient) then I laid down my second coat.

After the second coat I let the paint dry really well. I gave it until the next morning, I don’t think that long was necessary but I have a 20 month old and sometimes my schedule isnt up to me. :)

I grabbed a paper towel and wipped the edges where I had put down the vaseline, and just like that my very old window had CHARACTER .

I chose to spray a matte sealer, you can deffenitly use sealing wax or any other finishing sealer. I would recommend sealing it, but all up to you!

I was creating a hanger for my bedroom, I was really tired of my purses just sitting in a corner ( I use a few of them a week, so I wanted them in a place where they were accessible, not to mention my scarfs just hanging or laying everywhere) and this felt like the perfect fit!

I added cabinet knobs and door hooks to the bottom and I used “I” very loosely there, my husband did it for me. I can totally use a drill but he is particular about his tools so it was best he did it ;)

Then I added fabric to the glass squares of my window, and I sprayed one of the glass squares with chalk paint so it can double as a small note pad!




If this inspires any crafty ideas please share with us!

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