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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.

2 thoughts on “DIY Chalk Paint Recipe for painted and distressed wood signs

  1. Hi, I made my first batch of homemade chalk paint the other day, but recipe was 1/3 cup plaster of Paris and water. To 8oz paint. I felt it was way too watery. So searched for new recipe and came across yours. I’m hoping you can answer this question… with having different measurements of ingredients, do you think it will change the shade of the paint? I did one piece in my daughter bedroom and now on to the second using same color. I’d appreciate any advice since this is my first time with homemade paint. Thank you

    1. Hi Lee Ann! I’m glad you found us! I don’t think it will change the paint color necessarily, but it will change the sheen of it which could give a “duller” color if that makes any sense! Good luck with you project!

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