What is Chalk Paint?
Chalk paint or chalk-finish paint is a latex-based paint to which a fine granular powder has been added (often Plaster of Paris). After the paint dries, the granules create a matte finish. Brush strokes and imperfections become part of the look, making it a forgiving finish to apply. The finish can be sanded in places to create a distressed look or waxed for either an aged look or more satin finish than paint alone.
How to Apply Chalk Paint
Chalk Paint Recipe
This DIY version of chalk paint can be antiqued or distressed and tinted in your choice of colours.
Mix 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of cool water; stir until completely smooth. Mix that with 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly. This will make enough chalk paint for one coat on a six-drawer dresser. Chalk paint should not be stored and reused. If you have a smaller project, mix smaller amounts of plaster, paint, and water in the same proportions.
Note: The addition of Plaster of Paris to any paint colour will lighten it slightly compared with what you might see on a paint colour chip.
Apply the First Layer
Add a Distressed Finish
Chalk Paint Project Ideas
How To Terms
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