This is the second in a series of DIY posts where I’ll eventually be making a rustic Spring-Themed Centerpiece. We already have the holes drilled in the mason jars for the succulent planters and now it’s time to give them a pop of color with homemade chalk paint.
I have finally found the perfect recipe as well as a formula to create your favorite color so that it’s an exact match. The best part is that you can make infinite colors from one can of paint. This is a sponsored post thanks to Oriental Trading Co. As always, all thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links to the products that I used so that you can easily make this also!
When I bought the paint to distress my TV stand, I was kinda taken back by how expensive that stuff was. Not only that, there were only a few (ugly) colors to choose from. I absolutely HATE paying full price for anything so when a friend suggested that I make my own homemade chalk paint, I was game.
I made up a tiny batch to practice with but I didn’t really like how it turned out. It wasn’t “chalky” enough. (I tried the baking soda one and that was just a hot mess.) My other options were calcium carbonate, plaster of paris or grout – and I didn’t have any of those – so I looked online to find out which was the best before placing my order. Turns out calcium carbonate is superior to the other two. The recipe I finally went with is just like you would expect from store bought. Only better.
How to Make Homemade Chalk Paint
For this project you will need:
- Calcium Carbonate/Ground Limestone (Food Grade) – I bought a 5 pound bag and I still have plenty left for any future projects (like my antique dresser that I’ll be taking on soon!) You can order it here → http://amzn.to/2lYkfRq
- Acrylic Flat Enamel Interior Paint – I picked this up at one of those big box hardware stores. I asked the paint guy for the cheapest they had and this was it. ↑
- Acrylic Paint Set – These came from Oriental Trading Co. I ordered a full set of Primary Colors plus a set of Spring Colors. You can make any color imaginable with only white, black, red, blue, and yellow.
- 4oz Jelly Mason Jars (with lids) or even these adorable Self-Sealing Jars from Oriental Trading Co. would work also! (I wish I had seen them when I placed my order, you get 6 in a set!)
- Measuring Spoons – I have THIS set and THIS one too! They are both awesome.
- Wooden sticks – these are perfect to stir your paint and can be thrown away when you’re done!
Since I work mostly with pastels and light colors, using white latex paint as a base worked beautifully for me. I added 3 parts of the interior flat acrylic house paint with 1 part of the calcium carbonate and then added a few drops of colored acrylic paint until I got the color I wanted (if my math isn’t right tell me in the comments below).
If you don’t want to do any color mixing, simply pour a 2oz bottle of acrylic art paint – in the color of your choice – into a bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of calcium carbonate.
What you see pictured is 6 tablespoons of white acrylic paint to 2 tablespoons of calcium carbonate powder. I also made it with 4 tablespoons of white paint and 2 tablespoons of calcium carbonate and they are both essentially the same as far as “chalkiness”, one was just thicker than the other. So depending on your project, simply adjust as necessary.
Tip: Make sure you keep the lid on the jar when not in use (even between brush strokes). You can just place the thin lid while your painting, but screw the lid down tight with the ring after you’re done. I didn’t notice it sticking at all the next day – even where paint was on the rim – which is an added bonus of using mini mason jars!
If you’re looking to get an exact homemade chalk paint color, there’s a method for that too!
How to mix the perfect color:
If you know the hex number of the color you’d like to create (or if you know how to get it from Photoshop) skip to step 2.
Step 1. Figure out the hex number of the color you’d like to create. You can find a paint swatch online or even a random image from an internet search. Simply upload a picture file of your color (or even an image with a color in it that you like) to http://imagecolorpicker.com/. Once it’s uploaded, you can click around on the image to get the hex number. Copy it. The hex number should look something like this →#EBDBE6
Step 2. Once you know the hex number to your favorite shade, use the color mixing chart to find out what percentage of each color you’ll need to mix together to create your custom color. Simply input your hex number into the blank and click “Get Formula” for your results → http://trycolors.com/palette/
Step 3. In my example, the color mixer generator told me that I needed 1 part magenta, 5 parts white, and 1 part black to get pink. Mix the paint together together in the amounts it generates for your hex number and you’ll have your very own custom color!
This is the wooden planter box that will be featured in the next post and it took the paint beautifully! The first coat was a grey/blue color but it was too light so I darkened it up a bit and also added a little bit of green to it (thanks to the color mixer generator!). Once that dried, I applied a coat of my homemade chalk paint in white before distressing with sand paper. It dries SO quickly. So quickly in fact that before I could get all 4 sides painted, the first one was already dry.
As a matter of fact, this is the exact swatch that I found online when I decided to make the color under the white paint a little darker. It came from Country Chic Paint where they have a ton of swatches of distressed wood. I used pure white whereas this sample has a more creamy shade but it’s a pretty close match!
The paint goes on smooth and sands down perfectly, just like store bought (actually better because it’s cheaper and comes in whatever color you want!). Once I got my pieces painted, I applied a little wax to seal it all in.
My only suggestion is to make as much as you think you will need. It thickens over time so to avoid any color changes by adding more paint or water, just stick with small batches. Quite honestly, mine could have thickened because I left the little jars out in my shop where it gets kinda cold at night and I used it without warming it to room temp.
I’m super excited with how the homemade chalk paint turned out and it’s definitely how I will be making it from now on. You can bet that I won’t ever be buying the expensive stuff ever again!
Be sure to pin this to your DIY board for later reference →
Disclosure: Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe with Infinite Color Options is a sponsored post thanks to the generosity of Oriental Trading Co. However, all opinions expressed are my own, including thoughts in tweets. I received compensation, either monetarily, with a free product or both in exchange for this post. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.