Thursday, March 21, 2019

Chalk-like Paint Tutorial

Have you ever revisited an old post (looked back in time) and tested your original 'great idea' to see if it still works?

Last Sunday a fellow re-seller in our mall and I were talking about over-painting a reddish brown vintage and well used top cabinet that had a great look but was too DARK in its display space. I asked if she had any white chalk paint - she had a lovely blue but ...

We talked some more and I promised I would give her my 'how I made my own chalk like paint' ideas.

I decided to re-write my original version for making home made chalk-like paint. At the end of this post is my 'do it all again to make sure everything works' test. 

The photos below are from my original  'make it and use it' tutorial on making a chalk-like paint.

For my first try, several years ago, I used 1 scoop of plaster-of-paris, 1 scoop of fairly warm water and 3 scoops of white latex flat paint.

Test it Out Sequence:

• in a small container mix the 1-1 ratio of plaster-of-paris with the water until it is VERY smooth

(ie) 1 Tsp or scoop of plaster-of-paris and 1 Tsp or scoop of very warm water, mix very well (I use a small wisk)

• add the paint to the plaster-of-paris mixture,  
  mixing VERY WELL until it is very smooth.

• test out the paint mixture on a board for 
  smoothness. Test again whenthe first coat is 
  dry. Paint again.

• if it feels a bit 'rough' sand it very lightly, 
  remove any grit with a clean cloth

• apply a light coat of clear wax and polish and 
  see if you like the effect.

I used Bondex Plaster of Paris. I had a litre of white satin latex paint sitting on the deck (all winter), a clean empty rhubarb/ strawberry jam jar, well worn paint brush, 1/4 cup measure and some newspaper. What could be better - my first try at making chalk-like paint.

Recipe I used:

1/4 cup plaster of paris powder

1/4 cup slightly warm water
3/4 cup latex paint

[1/1/3 ratio]

Mix measured plaster of paris in measured warm water, mix very well.

Add measured latex paint to the mixture, continue mixing until smooth.

I had a 'need to be made pretty again' bedside table for my paint trial.

I painted the first coat. The paint went on much the same as ASCP [which I love]. Dried in about the same amount of time. Added second coat. Dried in. The water stain on the back didn't really cover properly so I opened some white Kilz oil paint and covered the water stained back. When it dried I painted another layer of the chalk-like paint.

Check out the work that went in to the original finish on the little bedside table, all that gold lining!

Filled holes and cracks with DriDex and sanded smooth, first coat on top and a colour sample of fresh and old paint.

Condition of legs, first coat of chalkpaint.

Second coat (drawer got 3 coats of chalk paint).

Painting finished. Surface feels the same as ASCP to me, slightly chalky feel.

Used clear wax to seal the paint.

Dressed with a vintage netted hat and long black gloves.

Before (in the daylight) and after (in the late evening).

2019 test boards


warm water
acrylic latex paint

Mixture ratio: 1 plaster-of-paris, 1 warm water mixed well. I also used a fine sieve to strain the plaster/water mixture before adding the 3 acyrlic latex paint measures. Mix well before using.


Painted first two coats.

3rd coat of the chalk-like paint:

My opinion:

The plaster-of-paris/warm water/acrylic latex paint covered in 3 coats. It dries quickly so wash your hands/spills etc. directly after each coat OR wear thin latex type gloves while painting.

Finished surface is a bit rough but an added stencil looks the same as using commercial chalk-like painted boards.

I attempted adding a small trailer but wan't happy with my colours so I will be 'painting over'.

I painted a few more boards to triple check and was pleased with the coverage.

Remember to:

Clean up with water (and soap/spray nine, etc).
2-3 coats needed for full coverage
Can be distressed
Colours can be layered
Needs to be sealed with wax and then polished
Can use a top coat of clear sealer (read labels carefully and test before using on your finished project)

The chalk-like paint can be scratched off so a sealer is needed.

It was a bit of fun to try out something from 2012 in 2019 to see if I had the same results - and - yes I did.

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  1. Looks like it turned out really well! Very pretty. :)

  2. You make it look far easier than it is. I can not be trusted with a paint brush, it will fly out of my hands and paint everything in site. Thank you for this great tutorial.


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