Hello Friends! Today, I’d like to share with you a (not so) DIY Chalk Paint Recipe, using a product I have been testing. I know you guys have heard all the hype about the miraculous Chalk Paint, and many of you are devoted fans. But for those who haven’t, Chalk Paint is a beautiful velvety, matte finish paint for furniture that requires NO sanding, priming, or any other surface preparation what-so-ever. It distresses beautifully, and can be waxed to a luminous, smooth finish. Why, it practically paints itself on, and for the price, it should! It costs roughly $40 per QUART, plus shipping, because it is available only from exclusive stockists. Oh, and the limited color selections are gorgeous… if you purchase several quarts to mix your own color.
Hence the need for an inexpensive alternative to the highly regarded Chalk Paint… Enter the world of DIY Chalk Paint Recipes.
There are several variations out there! And believe me… I’ve tried them all!! Everything from plaster of paris, to calcium carbonate, baking soda, and non-sanded grout. I’ve varied the ratio’s, intermixed the components, and begged my little experiments to behave more like a well mannered Chalk Paint. Sadly, there is nothing worse, than the fading excitement of not having to sand your furniture before painting, only to have to sand your furniture after painting… These homemade recipes just don’t measure up. Something’s just not quite right, something is missing.
The truth is, all the DIY Chalk Paint Recipes in the world will fall short of a true Chalk Paint, because we are missing the secret ingredients!!
And do you think Annie Sloan or CeCe Caldwell are going to give up their secret ingredients? Not likely. But… I have come across a simple solution:
Use the secret ingredients in your DIY Chalk Paint Recipe.
I’ve found a product called “Paint Minerals” -it’s the exclusive blend of mineral additives specifically formulated to create Chalk Paint. All you do is add the mixture to any brand of latex paint, in your choice of color, and you have just created Chalk Paint!! If you want a high quality Chalk Paint be sure you use a high quality paint as your base. Don’t expect $40 results from a $2 quart of paint, unless it’s a mis-tint, and in that case Rock On!! Also, true Chalk Paints are flat, so you’ll want to take the sheen into consideration as well.
I have been using this formula to paint my reLoved furniture for a while, and I am in deep love!! What I admire about Paint Minerals (besides the price) is the versatility. I like to think of it as an on-demand kind of freedom. I can mix a small batch in any color, and achieve a high end result! I don’t need to invest in countless quarts of Chalk Paint. I don’t even need to mix large quantities. I’m free to be creative on a whim! If you’d like to read step-by-step mixing instructions, check out my tutorial here.
Also, this product is excellent for making Gesso, Impasto and Gouache.
So when the opportunity came available for me to distribute the product, of course I could hardly contain myself!!!! I am truly excited to announce Paint Minerals are available online, through my Etsy shop, and only $7.95 for the 1 quart mix is HOT!!
What is your experience with DIY Chalk Paint Recipes if any??
Would you be more likely to try a packaged Chalk Paint Additive, or a homemade blend? I’d love to hear your feedback!