There are millions of posts in Blogland about chalk paint. Some love it and some see no point paying extra money when there is good old latex paint. Having tried almost all different brands of chalk paint and latex paint, I understand why chalk paint lovers swear by it. However, I ended up loving my homemade version of chalk paint for the following reasons:
- It is almost as cheap as latex paint.
- I get to decide on the thickness of the paint.
- I can have it in any color I like.
Before coming up with my own recipe, I searched and tried all four DIY chalk paint recipes out there. Although I was satisfied with the recipe that used Calcium Carbonate, I took my recipe one step further and added talc to enhance my version.
Working in the construction industry gives you the tendency to learn about construction materials in terms of what they do, how they work, what additives can be mixed together and so on. I knew talc was used in many areas of our daily life, including paints. I also knew that talc not only improves the adhesion of paint but also works as a matting and anti-cracking agent in paints. For more info on what is talc and where it is used please visit Industrial Minerals Association North America.
So how do I DIY my homemade chalk type paint?
- 1 cup of latex paint in the color of your choice
- 4-5 tablespoons of Calcium Carbonate
- 1-2 tablespoons of Talc
- Water (as much as you deem necessary to thin the paint to your desired thickness).
I don’t premix anything like many others do. Because I use an old cheap blender to mix my paint, I just dump all these ingredients in and blend it for 3 minutes. But if you are going to hand mix the paint, then I would suggest that you to mix calcium carbonate and talc first. Then add a bit of water into that mix and stir really good so you don’t end up having lumps. Then add the latex paint and keep stirring till you feel all are mixed well.
Here are some further tips/details on the ingredients that will hopefully save your time on searching them:
Latex Paint: I know many bloggers suggest flat finish paint in their recipes, but I like eggshell finish. Besides, since I use talc in my recipe, I don’t have to worry about whether my homemade chalk type paint will be matte enough or not.
Calcium Carbonate: I bought and used all these 3 products below thinking they could be different as pricing were different. But truth to be told they all provide the same result and basically work exactly the same. So you can go for any of them depending on how much you will need or how much you want to spend.
Talc: I believe any scent-free talc powder should do. But if you are like me and can’t decide which one to get here is the link to what I use.
Water: As I mentioned before the amount of water is to your desire. But if you will be using a blender like I do, then I would suggest you to start with no water first. Once you mix it for 2-3 minutes take a look at the paint and see if the thickness of it is what you want to have. If you want it more fluid, then add 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time and carry on like this until you reach the paint thickness you desire.
I think I mentioned all there is to this recipe, but if you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments section or by using our contact section. I’ll do my best to respond at the soonest I can.
UPDATE: Modified recipe for spray painting
I modified my homemade chalk paint recipe to be able to use with my Wagner Paint Sprayer (by simply increasing the water content). If you have the same Wagner Paint Sprayer, then you might want to give this recipe a try as it will surely pass the velocity test. But please note it may not pass other spray painters’ velocity test. Therefore if you have other brand paint sprayers then I recommend you to do the velocity test before using it with your paint sprayer.