DIY Chalk Paint

29 Apr

There is a huge trend floating blogland- chalk paint. I’ve seen so many DIYers using milk and chalk paint to refurnish antiques or curb side finds. I’ve been very curious about this technique. In fact, I looked up my local retailer for Annie Sloan paint and literally had plans to make the big expensive purchase 2 days before Crystelle Boutique linked up to my Fine Finds Friday with her easy recipe for DIY Chalk Paint. Intrigued  I clicked over and found out that everything in this recipe I already had! I immediately jumped up and searched for a project to try this on. You ready to hear how easy this recipe is?
Here are the ingredients to make about 1 cup worth of DIY Chalk paint. Remember, chalk paint is softer, smoother, and goes a long way. My 1 cup recipe was sufficient for my entire trunk project: 
1/8 cup water
6 tablespoons paint (any paint! I used acrylic paint I had on hand)
1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch ()
You will need an air tight container to mix and store this in. I made the mistake of just using cheap Tupperware that appeared air tight- it was not and my paint was only good for that one day.

1. In your air tight container, add your cornstarch and water. Stir WELL! No clumps.

2. Add your paint- any color, any kind. I used acrylic/craft paint.

That’s it! Two steps. Here’s my tested spot of chalk paint:
DIY Chalk Paint

Curious what my project is? See the rest HERE! 🙂

This idea/recipe was a link from last week’s Fine Finds Friday party- I altered it to fit my needs. Thank you to Crystelle Boutique for linking up and for providing such an awesome project to try! 

11 Responses to “DIY Chalk Paint”

  1. Donna Wilkes April 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    DIY chalk paint is definitely less expensive than the “store-bought” kind and I have been successful with it for years. I have tried several recipes, but not this one. I am intrigued by adding cornstarch, but as I am highly allergic to corn, I better just look at your projects! :>)

    • Mandy April 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      oh no! Definitely would not want you breaking out in hives! What recipes have you tried? I’d LOVE to try what has been successful for you!

  2. Robin April 30, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    I recently did a post on cornstarch – I’ll have to add this one to the list! Thank you for sharing on Fluster’s Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  3. Sande Sivani April 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    I am a newbie to the chalk paint trend and I have only used the commercial mix. I am eager to try the recipe you gave on an end table I recently picked up at a garage sale. Good to know you are pleased with the results you got. Thanks!!

  4. Deborah M Owen May 1, 2013 at 5:36 am #

    Oh thank you so much for sharing this…I’ve made the chalk paint with plaster of paris and this sounds so much better and easier!

  5. Rebecca May 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Does your version have a little sheen to it? That’s how it appears in the photo on this page and on the trunk you painted with it. I’ve used the plaster-of-Paris homemade chalk paint and love the ease of use but it is so unrelentingly flat, even after being waxed. It would be great to have a version that gives a little sheen.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Mandy May 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

      No not at all, the final product I finished with glaze but it must just be the picture because there is definitely no sheen to it.

  6. Crystelle Boutique May 2, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I’m glad you like my recipe. Thanks for linking back to me…. 🙂

    hugs xx

    • Mandy May 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Of course! Thanks again and again for sharing at Fine Finds Friday!!!

  7. SherryO June 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi Mandy – this is an awesome idea and the makeover of the trunk turned out great! I have some things in need of a makeover and this would work great. I found this at Domesblissity’s 5/1 linky party – thanks for sharing!

    ~Sherry from

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