DIY Chalk Paint

You know how we love chalkboard paint, but have you heard of chalk paint?  It’s the paint that makes prep work unnecessary.  You can purchase it already made (at upwards of $30 or $40 per quart!) or you can follow our quick tutorial for a much less expensive, and equally beautiful, option.

I purchased this soon-to-be adorable bookshelf from a consignment shop, and was able to get a solid wood shelf for the same price as what a particle board shelf would have cost me at a big box store.  I bought a sample size (1 cup) paint color at Lowe’s for about $3.Chalk Paint shelf before


  • 1 cup paint color of your choice
  • 1/2 cup Plaster of Paris
  • 1/2 cup water
  • brush or sponge applicator
  • paste waxChalk Paint supplies

Simply mix the Plaster of Paris with the water until you achieve a smooth consistency.  Mix together with the paint.  I recycled a gallon milk jug for this project by cutting off the side.  Now paint as you normally would.Chalk Paint process

No sanding required!  I did three coats of white to cover the dark wood of this piece.  I chose not to antique the piece, but you could go over the edges with some sandpaper to achieve a worn, chippy look.Chalk Paint wax

When your project is dry, wax it with the paste wax using a soft cloth following the directions on the can of wax.  You may want to wear gloves for this part or you’ll have really water repellent hands!Chalk Paint completeI love the result!

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