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DIY Chalk Paint Recipe for painted and distressed wood signs


DIY Chalk Paint Recipe


I love making wood signs, and have had paint envy as I ooh and ahh over all the different and beautiful painted signs I have seen in our Facebook group . But, chalk paint can be a bit pricey – especially if you have a request for a color palette that is not common, or if you are like me, need to collect every possible color. One of our group members sent me a message explaining to me how she makes her own chalk paint and shared her “recipe” with me. With her permission, I have written it up to share with all of you!

It’s simple actually. Very few ingredients and takes minimal time. My kind of DIY project! First I want to share the project I created with my DIY paint. I have to admit, I was quite impressed with the ease of mixing it and how well it painted. The paint dried quickly and on a sample board I used, I was able to wet distress with ease. My next concern was if the paint would lift with the stencil and again, it worked like a charm! This is a an easy way to grow a collection of chalk paint colors on a budget!

Before I get to the “recipe” – I want to send out props to Sparkal Designs for a great design SD272, this was actually perfect for stenciling and cut like a dream!


8 oz of latex paint – I used a Valspar color Sample that cost around $3. The Color I used is 772889 Schoolboy Blue

2 and 1/2 TBS Plaster of Paris – available at Lowes for around $7 (This goes a very very long way)

1 and 1/2 TBS cold water


Pour cold water into Plaster of Paris. Mix until completely smooth – smashing any bits and pieces. Once mix smooth – it should have the consistency of yogurt, pour paint into mixture and mix well. I have mine stored in a mason jar. I’m heavy handed when I paint, so I try to remember the saying “Less is More” when it comes to painting. I practically dry my brush on a towel before I let it hit my project that I’m painting. It seems like a waste of paint, but doing it this way I get the most control.