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