Thursday, February 16, 2012

Homemade Chalk Paint!

Okay, I've stopped my jumping for joy long enough to type this post.  But I'm just so dang excited...more jumping for joy - because I JUST MADE HOMEMADE CHALK PAINT!!!  I got the idea and recipe from Sherry at No Minimalist Here.  Thank you Sherry!

There are a few versions of the recipe and I decided to try the Plaster of Paris - mainly because I knew I could find it easily and I'm impatient - ha!  I bought the above supplies at Home Depot.  The 4-pound container of Plaster of Paris was $6.78 (and it will last a long time).  I bought the plastic container and lid for easy measuring and storing.  I used 8oz. of Plaster of Paris and 16oz. of paint - oops paint that cost me $1.  It's best to run a plastic fork or something thru the Plaster of Paris before adding the paint.  I stirred well and added a little water.  Stirred more and added a little more water.  There were some small lumps and I thought it was going to be a disaster.  I got a board and tested it out.  The lumps just went away as I used the paint brush.  It is remarkably similar to the expensive name brand chalk paint - the way it goes on, the way it dries, the way it sands - amazing. 

The best part, of course, is the price but the second best part is the endless color possibilities!  I'll be sure to share the results when I paint an entire piece with my homemade chalk paint!

7 comments:

Nancy @ Ella Elaine said...

I have seen several recipes for chalk paint and this one looks like it would be the best one yet. Easy and the plaster of paris probably sticks to the surface!
Thanks for sharing!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm looking forward to making some soon...love anything thrifty!

Blessings,
Linda

Vintage and Company said...

Can't wait to see how it furniture turns out...I would love a good chocolate brown color in "chalk paint."! Yippee!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Steph, thanks for sharing. What a considerable price difference. Happy Friday, T

Tracy said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

lynn said...

thanks for sharing this--i want to try this:) have a great weekend!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Stephanie, I am so glad that you like the paint recipe! Thanks so much for the link. Hugs, Sherry