3 Easy DIY Chalk Paint Recipes

Chalk paint from the store can be expensive and doesn’t come in unlimited color options. But you can make your own chalk paint at home with these four easy recipes, in any color you want.

Chalkboard wall in child's bedroom

By creating your own chalk paint, not only will you save money, but you’ll also have the freedom to choose any color that suits your project or style. You can transform any wall or part of a wall in your home into a giant chalkboard.

Plus, it’s easy to make chalk paint, and it’s a fun DIY home improvement project!

Why Use Chalk Paint?

If you are looking for a unique way to add creativity and functionality to your home, office, kitchen or a child’s bedroom, then chalk paint is an excellent option. You can also use it to paint furniture like desk tops or headboards, and then chalk fun messages or artwork onto them.

Chalk paint can also be used as a practical tool for family or roommate organization, reminders or menu planning.

3 Ways to Make Chalk Paint

There are more than a few recipes for chalk paint that you can make at home. Here are three:

Recipe 1: Acrylic Paint and Grout

This one is good for smaller and outdoor projects.

  • Mix 1 cup acrylic paint with 2 tablespoons unsanded tile grout.
  • Stir well until there are no lumps.

Recipe 2: Plaster of Paris and Latex Paint

This one’s also good for walls or any other surface you want to paint.

  • Mix 1 cup latex paint with 2 tablespoons plaster of Paris in a bowl.
  • Stir until there are no lumps.
  • Add in 4 tablespoons of water and mix thoroughly.

Recipe 3: Cornstarch and Baking Soda

This one is less durable than Recipe #2. It’s good for kids’ projects and art work.

  • Mix equal parts cornstarch and baking soda in a bowl (e.g. 1/2 cup cornstarch + 1/2 cup baking soda).
  • Add in enough water to make a paste, stirring until well combined.
  • Mix in your choice of colored paint or food coloring if desired.

How to Use Chalk Paint

Once you’ve picked your recipe and made your paint, here’s what you will need to do.

  1. Test your mixture using a small brush or foam roller on a cardboard or paper surface. Make sure it’s smooth enough to paint
  2. Apply your chalk paint over your intended surface. You can use a brush, but will get a smoother surface with a roller.
  3. Allow each layer of chalk paint to dry completely before applying another coat. For best results, two to three coats may be necessary.

It’s always better to paint thin layers and several of them than to apply it too thickly A quart of mix can cover up to 50 square feet at one application.

Don’t worry if some areas look uneven after painting. Once it dries fully, it will even out nicely.

Conditioning the Chalk Board

As with any chalkboard, you have to condition it before it’s really ready to use. If you don’t, your first drawing could become permanent.

But this is simple. Take a piece of chalk and rub the side of it all over the board or wall. Then wipe it off with an eraser or a damp cloth.

Tips for a Smooth Finish

Getting a smooth finish on your chalk paint project is essential to ensure that it looks professional and lasts longer. Here are some tips to achieve a smooth and even finish:

Sand the Surface: Before painting, sand the surface of the object or wall you want to paint. Sanding will remove any bumps or rough spots on the surface, making it easier for the paint to adhere. Use fine-grit sandpaper, then clean up any dust with a damp cloth.

Use Thin Coats: It’s tempting to use thick coats of paint, but this can result in an uneven surface. Instead, apply thin coats of chalk paint, allowing each coat to dry completely before adding another layer. This will help you achieve a smooth and even finish without clumps or streaks.

Avoid Over-brushing: Over-brushing can cause brush strokes and bubbles on the painted surface. To avoid this, apply the paint in one direction only and avoid going over an area once it has started to dry.

Clean Your Brushes Properly: Clean your brushes with water immediately after use so that they don’t dry out with leftover chalk paint. If you’re using oil-based chalk paint, use mineral spirits or turpentine for cleaning your brushes.

With these tips in mind, you should be able to achieve a smooth and professional-looking finish with your chalk paint project!

What Can You Do with Chalk Paint?

One of the most popular uses for chalk paint is creating a chalkboard wall in a child’s playroom or bedroom. This is a great way to let them color on walls and express their creativity. 

You can also use it in kitchens for meal planning and grocery lists, or as an alternative to traditional picture frames by painting a section of the wall with chalk paint and drawing your own frame around it.

Another great use for this paint is in home organization. Paint a chalkboard label on a jar or container, and then you can write on it with chalk.

And you can use chalk paint can be used on furniture such as tables or dressers to create a unique and personalized piece. 

Using Homemade Chalk Paint

Making your own chalk paint can be a fun and cost-effective way to add a creative touch to your space. By following these simple steps and using the right materials, you can create a smooth and durable finish that will last for years to come.

Whether you’re looking to create a chalk wall in your kitchen or add a playful touch to your child’s bedroom, this recipe for chalkboard paint is sure to get your creative juices flowing.