If you're serious about furniture flipping and want to have a quicker turnaround, I highly recommend making your own chalk paint recipe that you can use as a primer!
DIY Chalk Paint Recipe Primer for Furniture Projects
Have you seen this sofa table makeover ? I painted it using my homemade diy chalk paint recipe primer as a base coat. I've never been a huge fan of waxing chalk paint, so I found a better way to keep from having to wax and buff.
This table had a slick finish on the top and the bottom shelf. I sanded those, but I didn’t want to sand those legs, that is why I chose to make my own chalk paint and use it as a primer. Many people left comments and wrote me emails asking what my recipe is. I never measure when I cook or when I paint. So, I made a point of mixing some paint and actually measured the Plaster of Paris and the water.
DIY Chalk Paint Recipe
I always mix my Plaster of Paris with water before I add it to my paint. Typically, I use a plastic container of some sort--anything that's handy!
This is the magic formula for my DIY Chalk Paint Recipe.
- 1 Cup latex paint
- 2 TBS Plaster of Paris
- 4 tsp water
things to remember when making diy chalk paint:
Mix plaster and water till it’s smooth with no lumps. Pour your mixture into approximately 1 cup of latex paint. This is not brain surgery folks. If you get your paste too thin, add a little more plaster, too thick? add a little water.
Lightly sand your painted piece after the DIY chalky paint dries--before you add your top coat (just as you would with premium chalk paint) Your experience may vary depending on the consistency of the paint YOU are using.
I have been known to save leftovers for up to two weeks in a container with a lid. You may need to add a little water after storing this chalky paint.
Chalky Paint Projects
I have used this paste in all kinds of paint. The ONLY paint it didn’t work with is a primer. It thickened up immediately. Now, when I say it didn’t work…. I did still use it. So, it did work, but it was more difficult to paint.
For those of you who dislike prep work on furniture pieces, I recommend trying this paint method. Because it’s such a flat paint it makes a perfect primer.
Say you’re painting a piece red, no need to buy a special primer, make your own primer with the same paint you’ll be using as your topcoat! You can finish it off however you see fit, with wax, or latex paint. I have even used wipe-on poly to seal this paint. Need more details? See my tutorial on this Red Sewing Cabinet Side Table.
I heard lots of chatter about Turtle Wax, MinWax, and even Johnson’s Floor Wax. I’m sure it’s all a personal preference that has a lot to do with your budget.
Finish Max Sprays Homemade Paint
I spray 99% of my chalky paint primer projects with a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer for a flawless finish.
Do you mix your own chalk paint? Do you have a frugal way of sealing your pieces?
Click here to see a chalk paint comparison I did with other ingredients such as calcium carbonate and more.
Check out these other projects I've done with DIY Chalky paint
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.