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DIY: Easy Affordable 3 Ingredient Chalk Paint Recipe

by Shaina

There are what seems like hundreds of chalk paint posts on the web. Some how you made it here. Congratulations! My goal is to save you the trouble of reading through all those posts and present you with the easiest, most affordable recipe out there… sorry if you’ve already combed through a bunch of posts before landing here 😅. I decided to mess around with chalk paint recipes when I discovered it would cost 20 – 30 dollars for a quart of chalk paint at the store. Thats a pretty hefty price tag for some paint I’m trying to put on a free piece of furniture I found on the side of the road. Turns out its incredibly easy to whip up your own chalk paint with a few minutes and a couple ingredients from the store. 

What is Chalk Paint?

Chalk Paint was originally created by the popular paint brand Annie Sloan, official chalk paint is technically a trademark of the company. However, there are now a bunch of copycats on the market and recipes online for making DIY versions (we both know this post contains the best recipe 😉). Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, which creates a surface that can be written on with chalk, this paint creates a chalky feel and appearance. 

Why Chalk Paint?

Chalk paint is a very popular paint amongst crafters and DIYers because It will cover nearly any type of surface. Sometimes it eliminates the need for sanding entirely. Its super easy to work with, it can be made in any color, and its easy to clean. There are many brands of chalk finish paint however most are really expensive. This DIY version is super quick and easy. With a few minutes of your time, you can create your own chalk paint for 3/4 of the price. Its a no brainer.

Chalk Paint Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 Plaster of Paris 
  • 1/3 Cup Room Temperature Water
  • 1 Cup Flat Latex Based Paint 

Chalk Paint Recipe: 

  • Mix Plaster of Paris and Water together. Stir Until completely smooth. 
  • Add Flat Latex Paint and stir until throughly combined.
  • Your Chalk Paint is Ready to use!


  • Make chalk paint in small batches on a need basis. This paint cannot be stored and reused.  
  • Use paint samples, left over paint, or cheap gallon paint. You don’t need to get a high quality paint for this recipe to work. Get the cheapest thing on the shelf! 



Above are my chalk paint escapades! As you can see I’m super boring and painted all of my furniture white, but you can make chalk paint in any color you wish! I didn’t even go through a gallon of paint for these projects. Chalk paint can be applied with a paint brush or a roller. If you want a more vintage textured look to your furniture I would go with the paint brush. If you’re just trying to change the color of something and don’t care if it looks vintage or not, I would paint the large areas with a roller and the trim and smaller surfaces with a paint brush for faster application. This chalk paint recipe surpasses other chalk paint recipes because, aside from being the most affordable recipe out there,  you don’t have to special order any of the ingredients. You can purchase all ingredients at your local hardware store, craft store, or Walmart. Good luck with all your DIY adventures! If you have any questions leave a comment below. 


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