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Make your own chalk paint

If you want to make chalk paint for painting furniture, the easiest method is to combine equal quantities of interior crackfiller and water, mix to a smooth past and blend into 1 cup of your acrylic paint. That's right... interior crackfiller! The result is a super-smooth painted finish that can be treated with antique wax for a truly vintage look for your painted furniture.


You will notice that this chalk paint recipe doesn't use any fancy ingredients such as plaster of Paris or calcium carbonate, but still works fantastic. I have tested on quite a few surfaces and it comes out ultra flat and smooth. Now you don't have to hunt around for ingredients to make chalk paint - you can buy everything you need at your local Builders Warehouse and get more paint for your money!





Why bother making your own chalk paint when you can buy matt paint?

  • Chalk paint is truly flat, while many matt paints still have a certain amount of sheen once they dry.
  • The feel is also different, as chalk paint feels chalky rather than the plastic feel of a painted finish.
  • You also use less paint when adding crackfiller and water to make chalk paint, so your paint goes a lot further.
  • It's easier to distress chalk paint. Simply rub down the sides with 120- or 180-grit sandpaper depending on the amount of distressing you want.

How to apply chalk paint to furniture

  • Whether the furniture has an existing varnish or painted finish, a light sanding with 180-grit sandpaper will suffice to de-gloss the piece and prepare it for painting with chalk paint.
  • Wipe clean with a clean, lint-free cloth to remove all traces of dust.
  • Mix your chalk paint by combining 1/2 cup of interior crackfiller with 1/2 cup of water to a smooth paste. Add this to your measured cup of acrylic paint. Only mix enough paint to work a small section at a time. The paint dries quickly with the added ingredients.
  • Apply 2 to 3 coats, or enough for coverage on the piece being painted and let each coat dry properly before applying the next coat.
  • Finish off by distressing the edges and finally applying antique wax.