How to Make Chalk Paint



We have a lot of old wooden furniture in our flat, most of which came from various friends who were moving house and couldn't take certain things with them. This has lead to quite a hodge podge of different shades and types of wood in our home, aesthetically this irritates me a little and I've wanted to paint most of our pieces for quite a while. My boyfriend and I live in a small one bed flat with no proper outdoor space so sanding and prepping wood is impossible, this lead me to research chalk paint.

If you haven't heard of chalk paint it's a product first made famous by Annie Sloan. Annie Sloan started producing chalk paint as a way to easily paint onto wood, metal, plastic without the need to prep or sand the surface, essentially you can use it to paint anything. Recently more paint manufacturers have started to produce chalk paint but it's quite expensive at around £20 per litre, more than twice the price of making it yourself.  FYI chalk paint is not chalkboard paint, have a little look on google to get more information.

Below is the method I used to make your own, I literally gave the furniture a quick wipe down and started applying the paint directly onto the wood and the results were brilliant.

What you need:

Paint Kettle £1.40
Emulsion paint
£1.10 for 75ml / £15 2.5 Lt
Plaster of paris £3.50 1.5 kg
Paint Brushes £2.50-£5
Plastic spoon / stirrer

Method:

The ratio you need to create your paint is three parts emulsion to one part plaster of paris. Mix a little water with the plaster of paris to create a paste and blend thoroughly with a plastic spoon or coffee stirrer until smooth. Add the paint and stir, stir, stir until the lumps are gone. You are now ready to paint your chosen piece of furniture! Start with a  relatively thin layer of paint as your first coat then on your second you can really slap it on to create some texture. If you have never painted furniture before I highly suggest some practice and research.


The Plaster of Paris Paste


Scotch Grey by Sanderson


My Bureau Before it was Painted


The First Application of Chalk Paint


The Finished Bureau! 

Painting this piece has really brightened up our bedroom, I liked the original wood but it was so beaten up and dark I think it really needed updating. You can also see my decorative bits and pieces a lot better now as the colour really makes them stand out. I have also painted our dining table and I'm planning on painting the chest of drawers in the bedroom charcoal grey tomorrow, I've caught the painting bug!



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19 comments

  1. This is cool, I want to try it sometime.

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    1. It is so easy! I had only ever painted two pieces of furniture before I tried making my own paint. When you got a spare few hours you should go for it!

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  2. This is brilliant, I had no idea you could make your own chalk paint- duly noted and bookmarked, I have a few pieces that need painting! #homeetc

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  3. LOVE this Nancy!! And happy new year by the way!

    I'm a massive fan of chalkpaint and have read lots of different tutorials about making your own. It's lovely to read that it goes on really well — am definitely going to give this a go this year — thanks so much for sharing! And thanks for linking up with us too #HomeEtc

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    1. Oh yay! I'm glad you like it Caro. It works a treat!

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  4. This is a genius idea. I used Annie Sloan paint a few times but never even considered that you could make it yourself. I love the colour you chose too. The first house that my husband and I bought had a room that had been decorated a bit like a Swedish sauna with different colour wood on the floor, walls and ceiling. I still shudder at the thought.

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    1. Hi Rachel, that sounds pretty nasty to me! I don't really like lots of mixed wood in one room!

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  5. WOW!!!! You clever person as it looks so, so pretty afterwards! We used the cheaper version from Homebase and it looks nice but I didn't think about making my own. Thanks for linking up and welcome back! #HomeEtc

    Jess xx

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm sure the Homebase stuff is good but at least this way you can mix your own colours!

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  6. Wow never thought of making my own, love it as makes colour choices endless too.

    Love the bureau xxx

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    1. Exactly! Its a pretty useful craft to have under your belt!

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  7. Hi I enjoyed the articlean and will definitely try it myself. Do you have to seal the paint after the 2nd coat

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    1. Hello! I didn't do anything after painting, but if you're painting furniture that will be used everyday like a dining table I suggest using a soft wax to protect it.

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  8. Do you need to varnish or wax after. Thanks

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  9. Do you need to varnish or wax when this is dry or is the emulsion paint hard wearing enough?

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    1. Hi Senga, I would wax any furniture that will be used daily (like a dining table) to protect the paint.

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    2. Thanks for your advice. I have found other recipes that suggest acrylic and even vinyl Matt. What are your thoughts on this.

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    3. Hello! Do you mean they suggest that you can paint onto acrylic and vinyl? If yes, then those should be fine. As long as the surface isn't flexible as this would cause the paint to crack.

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