Learn how to make your own chalk paint using our simple recipe
The reason I love DIY projects that you can get awesome results on a BUDGET! Even if I were the richest person out there, I am sure I would still be doing some DIY projects just to prove how resourceful I can be. Therefore, I started making my own DIY chalk paint recipe, long before a lot of stores starting selling it.
If you are like me and want to be able to redo almost anything for near pennies or almost free, then you are in the right place. I have used this recipe to redo almost a piece of furniture in each room of my house.
You can use DIY chalk paint to create an ombre effect on a dresser, distressed look, clean look…
Okay, again, you get the picture.
Check out the images below of some of the dressers I have redone using this DIY chalk recipe or see how I used different chalk-based paint to create an amazing DIY Chalkboard Art Wall.
Tips for Creating this Ombre Dresser Makeover
Use the DIY chalk recipe below. However, go to any paint store and find a paint swatch of your color palette. Make sure there are 5 different paint colors on the swatch. Request samples of each color. The samples will be enough to make your chalk paint for each drawer.
Why use chalk paint?
Chalk paint allows you to quickly cover a piece WITHOUT sanding and priming! It can be a true lifesaver and time saver. You also can easily distress a piece of furniture that has chalk paint on it.
If you want to distress furniture, after you have painted with the homemade paint, simply use a fine sandpaper and lightly take away the paint. As you can see in the picture below, I love taking off just enough paint on the edges to really make it a shabby-chic furniture piece.
I have used a variety of painting methods to redo furniture, from spray paint, as we did in our home office, to sanding and staining. Using chalk paint is by far the simplest and easiest way to redo furniture quickly and achieve awesome results.
Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe
1) Mix 1/3 parts cool water with 1/3 parts Plaster of Paris. I like to slowly add the Plaster of Paris to the water and stir until it is smooth. The mixture should stick to the spoon when you pull it out.
2) Once there are no lumps, add around 1 cup of paint and stir.
3) Use it right away. You can save this paint for a little if you place it in an airtight container, but it probably will not last longer than the time you need to complete your project.
4) Depending on the project, I will use two or three coats of DIY chalk paint.
5) Once chalk paint is dry, you can use fine sandpaper to distress areas. If you mess up, you can always repaint it and try again!
6) Once you are completely happy with the look of your project, you will need to seal your chalk paint if you want it to last.
Chalk painters will swear to buy different types of wax, but I have had success just using a good wipe on acrylic polyurethane. My favorite look has been when I use a satin finish. It gives just enough protection without making it to shiny.
Store-bought Chalk Paints
If this doesn’t sound appealing to you, then here is a link to decent chalk paint you may want to use. There are also other brands, such as Annie Sloan paints, but they can pretty expensive. I have not been able to justify buying paints that you can easily make, but hey do give you awesome results and are easier to clean-up.
Add fun hardware pulls and knobs
Another way I love to add more to my furniture makeovers, is by changing the hardware. You would be amazed at how the look of a piece of furniture can change by adding new hardware.
World Market is by far one of my most favorite places to buy hardware that is different and not expensive. Even some of the hardware in these pictures is from there.
Feel free to click the images to see some of the hardware that is on my wishlist and that I have bought in the past.
How do you like to redo furniture?
What is your favorite way to repurpose furniture and other items? Other bloggers and furniture makeovers may use chalk paint made with bicarbonate. If you are looking for more information on different ways to make a DIY chalk paint or other DIY paint techniques be sure to check out my DIY Painting Technique Pinterest Board.
If you like this simple tutorial on how to create your own DIY chalk paint, you may also want to see how we cleaned our own brass hardware to make it look brand new on a midcentury modern dresser that is currently undergoing its own transformation! Check back to see how we were able to create an amazing dresser makeover using this DIY chalk paint recipe and gel stain without spending anything!