How to Make Chalk Paint: A Step-by-Step Guide from a Professional Painter

Bob Thomas


If you've been thinking about giving your furniture or home a fresh new look, chalk paint might just be the perfect solution.

Chalk paint is versatile, easy to use, and can transform almost any surface into a chic, rustic piece.

As a qualified painter and decorator, I've used chalk paint on various projects and I'll share my personal experiences and expertise to help you create your own chalk paint at home.

Quick Summary

  • Chalk paint is a versatile, easy-to-use paint that gives surfaces a matte, chalky finish.
  • You can make your own chalk paint using latex paint, calcium carbonate, water, and a mixing container.
  • Follow our step-by-step guide to create your own chalk paint and start transforming your furniture and home.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Chalk Paint

  1. Gather Your Supplies

To make chalk paint, you will need the following materials:

Item No.
Latex paint
In your chosen color
Calcium carbonate powder
Available online or at health food stores
To mix with the ingredients
Mixing container with a lid
For combining and storing the mixed paint
Measuring cup
To measure the paint and other ingredients accurately
Mixing stick or spoon
To mix the ingredients thoroughly
Paintbrush or roller
To apply the chalk paint to your desired surface

Measure and Mix the Ingredients

Start by measuring out 1 cup of latex paint and pouring it into your mixing container.

Next, measure 2 tablespoons of calcium carbonate powder and mix it with just enough water to create a smooth paste.

This paste will help to thicken the paint and create the chalky texture we're after.

Combine the Paint and Calcium Carbonate Mixture

Add the calcium carbonate paste to the latex paint in your mixing container.

Stir the mixture well, ensuring that the calcium carbonate is fully combined with the paint.

You can adjust the consistency of your chalk paint by adding more water or calcium carbonate if needed.

Test Your Chalk Paint

Before applying your homemade chalk paint to your furniture or home, test it on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure that you are happy with the color and consistency.

Remember, the color will appear slightly lighter once it dries due to the added calcium carbonate.

Apply Your Chalk Paint

Using a paintbrush or roller, apply your chalk paint to the surface in thin, even layers.

Allow each layer to dry before applying the next.

Two to three coats should be sufficient to achieve full coverage and a beautiful matte finish.

Finishing Touches

Once your chalk paint has dried, you can choose to distress the surface by lightly sanding the edges and corners to reveal the original finish beneath.

This step is optional, but it can add character and a vintage feel to your piece.

To protect your painted surface, apply a clear wax or topcoat.

Personal Experience

Last year, I used this homemade chalk paint to give my garden fence a fresh new look.

The process was simple, and the results were stunning.

I've also found that using a high-quality paintbrush or roller makes the application process smoother and more enjoyable.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to experiment with different colors and techniques.

Chalk paint is a fantastic way to breathe new life into your furniture and home without breaking the bank.

Frequently Asked Questions Section FAQs

Q. Can I use homemade chalk paint for stencil projects?

  A: Yes, homemade chalk paint can be used for stencil projects. Just like store-bought chalk paint, it provides excellent coverage and adheres well to surfaces.

Make sure to use a stencil brush or sponge to apply the paint evenly.

Q. Can I use chalk paint on metal surfaces?

  A: Yes, you can use chalk paint on metal surfaces. Chalk paint adheres well to various surfaces, including metal.

Just make sure to clean the surface thoroughly and, if needed, apply a primer before painting.

Q. How do I clean brushes after using chalk paint?

  A: To clean brushes after using chalk paint, rinse them under warm water and use a gentle soap or brush cleaner to remove any remaining paint.

Gently massage the bristles with your fingers or a brush comb to ensure all paint is removed, then rinse thoroughly and reshape the bristles before letting them air dry.

Q. Can I mix different colors of chalk paint to create custom shades?

  A: Yes, you can mix different colors of chalk paint to create custom shades.

To do this, simply mix the desired amounts of each color in a separate container until you achieve the desired shade. Remember to mix well to ensure even color distribution.

Q. Do I always need to wax or seal chalk paint after it dries?

  A: While it's not always necessary to wax or seal chalk paint, it's recommended if you want to protect the painted surface from wear and tear, especially on high-traffic areas or furniture pieces.

Wax or sealant also enhances the durability of the paint and provides a more polished finish.


Creating your own chalk paint is a fun, cost-effective way to transform your home and furniture.

Follow our step-by-step guide, and you'll be well on your way to creating beautiful, custom pieces that reflect your personal style. 

Suggested Products:

  1. Calcium Carbonate Powder: NOW Foods Calcium Carbonate Powder is a high-quality and pure option for making homemade chalk paint.
  2. Plaster of Paris: DAP Plaster of Paris is a reliable and widely used product that can be mixed with latex paint to achieve a chalky texture.
  3. Clear Wax: Annie Sloan Clear Chalk Paint Wax provides excellent protection and a smooth finish for your chalk-painted projects.
  4. Dark Wax: Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Special Dark can be used to create an antique or distressed finish on your chalk paint projects.
  5. Paint Brushes: Purdy XL Series paintbrushes are known for their quality and durability, making them an excellent choice for applying chalk paint.
  6. Sandpaper: 3M SandBlaster sandpaper offers a range of grit options, allowing you to achieve the desired surface for your chalk paint projects.
  7. Drop Cloth: The Trimaco SuperTuff Canvas Drop Cloth is a durable option to protect your work area from paint spills and splatters.

Please note that these are specific product suggestions, and you should research and choose the products that best suit your needs and project. Always read reviews and ensure that the products are suitable for your specific application.

About the author 

Bob Thomas

A fully certified interior decorator and house painter , Bob Thomas brings immense expertise and knowledge amassed from many years of hands-on experience with residential, commercial and specialty painting and decorating projects of all sizes and scopes.

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