The internet is a buzz with various options for DIY Chalk Paint. Bloggers have compiled, tested and reported back on their preferred methods.
Here is a rundown on the best homemade chalk paint recipes. Most often, these domestic creations are pitted against professional brands (i.e., CeCe Caldwell, Annie Sloan) and the pros taut eco-safe ingredient lists they aren’t exactly light on the purse strings. Plus, they have limited color selections and the nearest distributor 80 miles away. Needless to say, I’ve never considered making the investment.
So when I did decide to throw my paintbrush in the chalk paint ring, I ran with my own variation of a DIY recipe. And by that, I mean I mixed it completely ass backwards. Remember when I was laid up with that sinus infection and taught you all how not to chalk paint? Apparently, the main ingredient in the version I chose (and what puts the chalk in chalk paint) is toxic. Typical.
Shortly after that hot mess, I received an email from an Esty shop owner asking if I had heard of a powder you add to your paint to give it the smooth, primer-and-prep-free consistency people were willing to shell out the big bucks for. Um, no?! I was more than happy to give her my address so she could send me over some to try.
Now, I don’t pretend to understand the science behind what my new BFF over at Paint Minerals does. All I know is that when I added tap water to her powder, mixed it and then added it to the paint color of my choice I didn’t wind up in the doctor’s office filling a prescription. And that wasn’t just a fluke, my friends. I’ve actually used PM on more than a few projects lately and even when I ignore the recommendation to use flat latex paint or forget to use an actual tablespoon to measure, the paint mixes up and spreads on effortlessly. And the best part? My brush isn’t hardening up halfway through the first coat. Nope, I’m not running back to the sink to thin out a cakey mess of paint.
Actually, as I painted up my mom’s Plain Jane wardrobe I didn’t rinse out my brush until I was done. For three days that Purdy was full of paint (wrapped in a plastic bag overnight) and ready to go every time I needed her. This concoction even spreads out beautifully using a foam roller. And when it was time to clean up, both my brush and roller rinsed out easily with generic dish soap and water.
So how exactly do you use the magic white stuff? Allow me to demonstrate!
First, grab a container and add (2) tablespoons of warm tap water.
I scored an old metal ice tray from my pops last weekend and it was the perfect size for both brush and roller.
Then, spoon in (2) tablespoons of Paint Minerals. Mix well.
When I am at home I like to whip it all up with a fancy Pampered Chef mini-whipper because that’s the only time it actually gets used but hanging at the P’s I had to rough-it and used a paint stick. It worked just as well.
When you slop some of it over the sides on to the counter, table and floor just wipe it up with your sleeve. A paper towel works well too but know that it doesn’t stain clothing or carpeting. I’ve tested this for you already.
Ok, now grab that tablespoon and add (2) scoops of your paint.
The directions say it will yield ‘amazing paint that needs no sanding or priming’ when added to flat latex but I’ve honestly added PM to satin and eggshell finishes and haven’t noticed a difference in consistency.
Every time the paint rolls on like silk and sands to a super smooth finish.
Make sure to mix the paint in well with the water/mineral base until you’ve got a creamy texture (think yogurt or pudding).
That’s really all there is to it.
Over on the Paint Minerals website there are recipes for other uses and applications but so far, painting wood is all I’ve experimented with. When the half bag I have left is gone, I do plan to pick up the bulk pack because honestly, I just can’t see ever going back to the old way of painting again.
And at less than $12/gallon I’m going to be able to paint a whole lot of stuff with cash to spare.
You can get this magic mineral powder at Paint Mineral’s Etsy store. Or, peruse the plethora of crap in my shop begging to be made over and I’ll do the work! (assuming you’re local unless you’d drive to WI for pick up)
And just cause I like ya, I made up a print ‘n keep recipe sheet.