With its matte appearance, chalk paint is a popular choice for furniture and home décor. If you want that rustic or vintage yet chic style, chalk paint is ideal and will add character and a vintage charm. With a few easy steps and almost no effort, you can create chalk paint in the color you want in minutes. Here are what you need and how to create your chalk paint.
- Plaster Powder
- Paint (Satin, Eggshell, or Flat)
- Fork or Hand Mixer
- Measuring Cups
- Mixing Container
To make chalk paint, you need paint and plaster powder. No need to buy expensive paint but the better the paint, the better the final product. Acrylic latex is what you need for this project because it is water-based. Eggshell is a little above flat and a little below satin, and any of the three will work to create your chalk paint, although you will get the best results with flat paint.
To create chalk paint, you will need a little water to mix with the plaster and turn it into a runny paste before adding the paint. To mix both ingredients, you must have a container and consider how much of the final product you need to cover the surface you want to paint.
Use a container that you can seal after mixing to ensure that the chalk paint does not dry. A jar with a lid that can seal is a good choice, and a decent size brush will fit in its opening so that you do not have to pour paint into another container. It would be good if you had something to mix the ingredients with and either measuring cups or a measuring device.
Step 1. Measure One Part Plaster Powder
Ensure you use the correct measurements to get the best consistency for your chalk paint. Too much plaster added will quickly dry out the paint, and you need it to keep its liquid form to spread evenly with the brush.
- Open the plaster container and ready the mixing jar.
- Take your measuring cup and fill it with the plaster powder.
- The plaster powder must be one-third of the paint you want to mix.
- Use something straight, like a short ruler, and scrape off the access plaster above the rim of the measuring cup.
- Place the measured plaster powder into the jar or container to mix the chalk paint.
Step 2. Add Water to the Plaster Powder
The plaster needs to have a smooth, creamy texture similar to mayonnaise. Mixing the plaster with water will give the plaster a paste form.
- Take a small measuring cup and add water to the plaster powder in the jar.
- You must add a small amount of water during the stirring process.
- The rule is that you can always add a little more water, but if you add too much, you cannot take it out.
Step 3. Mix and Smooth Out the Plaster Powder and Water
Continuous stirring will give the plaster mixture a smooth texture, and it is necessary to avoid any lumps to ensure that it mixes well when you add the paint.
- Take a fork and mix the plaster and water.
- If your mixing jar is big enough or you choose to use a big container, you can use a hand mixer to make mixing easier. Be sure to rinse the mixer right after the mixing proses to avoid the plaster hardening if you want to use it again.
- Mix the water and plaster powder for about a minute.
- Ensure that the plaster is lump-free and has the same consistency as mayonnaise or a little less.
Step 4. Add Three Parts Paint
The paint must be the majority of the mixture, and you will use a measuring cup to get the correct amount to add to the plaster paste.
- Open the paint tin you bought for the chalk paint mixture.
- Place a newspaper under the paint container if you accidentally spill some paint.
- Pour one part of the paint into the measuring cup.
- Pour one part paint into the mixing jar with the plaster paste.
- Add two more parts to give you three parts of paint to one part of plaster paste.
- If you have a measuring cup that takes all three parts at once, you can fill only one cup and add it to the plaster paste.
- The final measurement must be a one-part plaster to three parts paint.
The final step is to get the two ingredients to blend until it has a smooth, paintable consistency.
- Depending on what mixing container you decide on, you must take the fork or hand mixer and mix both ingredients.
- Mix the paint and plaster paste thoroughly until it is smooth and has a good paintable texture.
- Seal it if you want to store it later, or grab your brush and start painting.