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HOW TO MAKE CHALK PAINT There are several different ways to make chalk paint. The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) process involves two simple steps that require light mixing, pouring, and stirring of several ingredients. Follow the instructions below to make your own chalk paint: Mix the Plaster of Paris, baking soda, or unsanded grout and water together enough to remove all the lumps. Pour the baking soda or unsanded grout mixture into the paint.Stir until all of the mixture is dissolved and there are no lumps.
Make sure paint is as smooth as it was when you started. The paint appears at first no different than the latex paint you started with. When the chalk paint dries on the furniture, you will notice the distressed look. For a quart of paint, quadruple the amount, but remember that it dries (and dries out) quickly.
Make this paint in small batches as it can dry fast.
CHALK PAINT RECIPES Here are four of the most popular chalk paint recipes: Calcium Carbonate, Plaster of Paris, Baking soda, and unsanded grout. There are only three ingredients for each recipe and using the quantities specified below will allow you to make just over a cup of paint each. Another popular formulae for a larger quantity is 1 cut of the dry powder added to enough water to create a pancake mix consistency, and add that to three cups of acrylic latex paint.
CALCIUM CORBONATE CHALK PAINT RECIPE 1 cup latex paint 1-1/2 tablespoons water 2-½ calcium carbonate
PLASTER OF PARIS CHALK PAINT RECIPE 1 cup latex paint 1-1/2 tablespoons water 2-1/2 tablespoons Plaster of Paris
BAKING SODA CHALK PAINT RECIPE 1 cup latex paint 3 tablespoons cool water 1/2 cup baking soda
UNSANDED GROUT CHALK PAINT RECIPE 1 cup latex paint 1 tablespoon cool water 2 tablespoons unsanded grout
Don't attempt to work with chalk paint in hot conditions as it will dry out too rapidly. The grout and the plaster of Paris mixes will dry the fastest, and if you are seeking a shabby chic cracked paint effect, carefully playing with ingredients of the underpainting and top coat and I can create good crackle effects.