A Comprehensive DIY Chalk Paint Guide

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Ever wonder what chalk paint is made of? Turns out it is not only you as many people do so judging by the overwhelming number of times I get asked by readers how to make DIY chalk paint, if at all that is possible. Well, before I tell you what Annie Sloan's chalk paint recipe and ingredients comprise let me go back to a brief history and overview of this type of paint that has become a global phenomenon. This should help starters be on the same wavelength. Afterward, I will show you how to make your own paint.

A Brief History and Overview of Chalk Paint

A British color expert cum female artist and author called Annie Sloan in 1990 introduced chalk paint. The paint can be used to give furniture pieces that desired velvety ultra-matte look. For starters, this kind of look for furniture surfaces lacks luster or gloss and instead has rough or granular characteristics? A matte look lacks shine and instead highlights a matte finish.

Chalk paint answers the need for a versatile paint that works great on furniture without sanding or priming. Additionally, the paint is easy to use and quick to dry. What's more, it can be used for several different paint techniques.

It is worth mentioning that Annie Sloan’s chalk paint products contain lime, water, calcium carbonate and a whiting agent such as distemper, gesso or calcimine. Unfortunately, the brand’s chalk paint recipe is proprietary, which means no one understands it except for the company.

Making Your Own DIY Chalk Paint

Tired of spending money on store-bought chalk paints that will not even last long? If yes, you can easily make your own paint at home. You could revamp some old furniture, perhaps copy the style of one of these dressing tables that have a vintage feel or go for the rustic look of one of these rustic makeup desks. So long as you have the following ingredients and items, you should be able to create your own chalk paint in a few easy steps. Let us begin with a list of ingredients as well as items you will require:

Ingredients and Items You Will Need

  • 1 cup of latex paint in the color of your choice.
  • 1 tablespoon Talc. This is a great partitioning agent. In Chemistry, partitioning is the process of distributing a solute between two immiscible solvents like aqueous and organic phases.
  • 4 tablespoons of Calcium carbonate.
  • Water in amounts enough to thin the chalk paint to your desired thickness.
  • A blender.
  • A mixing container.

Directions

  • Pour the latex paint into the mixing container.
  • After doing so, add 4 tablespoons of calcium carbonate.
  • Then add 1 tablespoon of Talc.
  • Next, add water to achieve your desired thickness.
  • After doing so, blend the ingredients for 3 minutes.

2 Great examples of it in use here (why not try some DIY)

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Final Thoughts


Chalk paint can be a great coating material for furniture pieces. This popular type of paint gives furniture pieces that desired aged appearance and feel. Apart from furniture, chalk paint serves as an amazing painting for walls. The paint can transform your bedroom, dining room, living room or any other room in your house into a masterpiece with great effect. It has a good bite and adheres well to surfaces. Now that you have a simple chalk paint recipe, what are your thoughts? Are you going to make a DIY paint? Or teach a friend how to do so? Please feel free to comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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