103rd Power of Paint Party… Making Chalk Paint

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Welcome Paint Lovers!!!

Hope you’re having a fabulous start to your week.

This last week I decided to try out some homemade chalk paint.  If you’re a paint-lover and a blog watcher I’m sure you’ve heard of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.  I’ve been waiting to try her paint, but there’s no $$$ in the budget for the pricey paint. If you haven’t heard about chalk paint… it’s a thicker paint, with great coverage… no need to sand or prime… sounds great, right!   A few weeks ago one of the links here at the Power of Paint Party was for a recipe for chalk paint.  I figured it was worth a try, especially since it was such a cheap option!

Check out my chair…

She gives a few recipe options, but I went with the plaster of paris add-in.

Here’s the recipe I used…

{Homemade Chalk Paint}

2 parts paint

1 part plaster of paris

I used a bunch of sample paints that I had from when we were picking out our master bedroom color.

I call my custom blue… Classico Blue.  I dumped all the paint and the plaster of paris in a cleaned out Classico marina jar.  After shaking it well, I was ready to go.  If you let the paint sit for a few days you may need to add a few drops of water and shake well if it’s too thick.

I brushed it on with a foam brush.  The paint is definitely thicker than normal paint, but still very easy to use.

Here’s some close up views…

It definitely looks thicker and has more texture than the paint on it’s own.

And feels rougher too.  I haven’t done anything else to it yet… no distressing or waxing.

So what do you think?  I’d love to compare the two side-by-side.  Have you worked with chalk paint?

So what have you been painting???

Power of Paint Party Rules:

#1… This is a PAINT party… so pretty please, link-up only paint related projects.  I HATE deleting!

#2… Please put my nifty POPP button (you can find it up in my menu bar’s BUTTONS) in your blog post or a link back to this party somewhere on your blog… that way others from your blog can check out all the paint projects too.

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  2. I have been using AS chalk paint for about six months and was searching for a less expensive way. I also opted for the plaster of Paris version and have not stopped tweaking the recipe for a couple of months, I personally can not handle the gritty look. I have found that by adding a third coat and then lightly sanding does a good job at getting rid of those little grains that you simply can not dissolve no matter how you tweak the concoction. I don’t think I will ever spend $40 on AS paint again. I have also done a few pieces using a dry brush teqnique (use the home made paint as your base) then regular latex paint dry brushed on top. Makes for a beautiful finish and hides those little granuals.

  3. Hi,
    I have a similar question to Margie’s. Does it matter if the paint you use is flat, semi-gloss or eggshell? I have some semi-gloss that I would like to use on a project and was curious if you have used it successfully.
    Thanks so much.

  4. Hi

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have used ASCP but like others find the price to be to rich for my budget. The question I have is what is the paint? Is it flat, semi-gloss, or eggshell latex.

    Thanks again.

  5. Hello! I am joining the party at #65 with a Mudroom style entryway. Hope you like it! Thanks for hosting and I just wanted to mention that I am having a hard time copying your button. Will keep trying but let me know if you’ve already heard this or maybe I’m just messing up!? I don’t want to leave it out!

  6. I’ve been using baking soda (which is the cheapest option) and it works very well. My spice rack that’s linked up is painted with that recipe. The paint on your chair looks exactly like my paint before sanding – love that you’re using samples and leftover paint too!

  7. I LOVE homemade chalk paint! I use Plaster of Paris too. I put it on barstools and to see it if really held up like they say, I banged the legs together, scraped the leg of one down the leg of the other (yeah, I was hard on them) and it didn’t come off! I still distressed them… just in case… plus I guess it was the look I wanted – haha! 🙂 You’ll be addicted!!

    Thanks for hosting this party – I change EVERYTHING with paint so it’s one of my favorite weekly parties!!!

  8. I’m your newest follower (at least as of this second!) – and I really like your blog! Finally, I’ve met (read) someone who doesn’t own all the latest most amazing paints to transform every piece of old furniture!! I would like to try chalk paint out on my son’s dresser – it is ALL the rage. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  9. Hi Maryann, I use chalk paint almost every day. I have found that the cost is quite high, but it justifies itself in the coverage, usually one to two coats. I sand each coat with a 400 grit sand paper and it comes off in dust, then what is left is baby soft smooth. I finish with a nice wax coat. Depending on how much use it will get, I either use inexpensive Minwax, or a high quality clear wax. I haven’t tried the home made recipes, but I really should! I definitely want to try your recipe, I haven’t seen one for Plaster of Paris yet. Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a beautiful holiday season!

  10. That’s the recipe I used and I thought it worked really well at a very thrifty price! And I have used the real chalk paint. The results are very similar. That recipe is a keeper! … Thanks for hosting Maryann!

  11. I REALLY need to try this homemade Chalk Paint recipe… I have been seeing it ALL over blog land… thanks for sharing and for hosting a fun linky party… I just linked up the DIY Winter Snowman…

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