Chalk paint has been my saving grace. I can make it home in 5 minutes. It can be tinted it to my liking and its so unforgiving. It is my go-to when painting cabinets for a quick, cheap updated look. I’ve used chalk paint in all of our homes thus far, even the motorhome! There has been one project where the chalk paint wasn’t the best choice and I’ll go more in depth on that below. If you want to know how to make it, use it and love it, keep reading!
I stick to a 1-1-3 ratio when making chalk paint:
I part- cool water
1 part- plaster of paris
1 part- latex paint
I usually do 1/3 cup water + 1/3 cup plaster + 1 cup paint. Just find an old measuring cup or you can use any old cup laying around, I’ve used spray paint lids when I’m too lazy to go find the measuring cup I always use. Mix the water and plaster together first and then add in your paint. This will give you a nice smooth consistency. I have forgotten to mix the water and plaster together before adding the paint in and it works fine it just doesn’t seem to mix as easily.
This makes a fairly small batch but I’ve found that a little goes a long way since it’s thinner than normal paint. You do want to make sure the water is cool, or at least room temperature. If you use hot water it could harden the plaster.
*I have not tried this with oil based paint but I can’t imagine it working well since water is a main ingredient in this mix.
*Also, do not try making chalk paint with Kilz. I tried doing this several times and everytime it came out lumpy and would immediate set like plaster of paris mixed with water.
*Painting over a dark oil based paint may not yield the best results. I talk more about this in our “Avenue” house below.
I do recommend getting a good quality wax to go over your last coat. I’ve looked at various wax products at Michaels and JoAnns and they’re not wax, they’re some sort of liquidy top coat. This is not what you want. A little bot of wax goes a long way. I bought the smaller can of Annie Sloan wax about 2 years ago and it lasted me about 20 cabinets worth. I recently upgraded to the larger size can ($30) since I love it so much. Annie Sloan is a bit pricey, but when it comes to wax I know my money is being spent on a good quality product. I also purchased a wax brush but this isn’t necessary. Any thick, chunky brush will do.
Gandchamp- used in the garage, laundry and bonus rooms
Woodland- Kitchen cabinets
Avenue- kitchen cabinets, bookshelf
RV- all cabinets
I actually ended up using a chalk spray paint for the majority of the doors