How to Make Your Own Chalk Paint

Give your old furniture a fantastic chalky matte effect by making your own chalk paint in just five minutes! This super simple paint will make it even easier...

What You'll Be Creating

Chalk paint is named because of its matte, chalk-like appearance when dry. It gives you a nice matte finish and makes distressing a piece of cake. It's fast drying to a velvet effect, super easy to use, and doesn’t require you to sand first. But also really easy to make at home!


  • Pοwder plaster (of Paris)
  • Latex paint (water-based)
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Mixing container

1. Measure the Ingredients

Measure your ingredients to make the right consistency. For every three parts of paint, you need one part of the water-plaster mixture. 

For example: for a cup of paint you need 1/3 cup water and 3 spoons of plaster.

2. Mix the Ingredients

Step 1

Add the plaster into the water and stir it using the spoon. Keep stirring until the mixture is smooth.


Step 2

Pour the mixture in the paint and stir thoroughly.

If you think your paint is too thick, just add some more water. If, on the other hand, it becomes too dilute and runny, add some more plaster powder.


3. Your Paint Is Ready!

Now you can paint on just about any surface. Renovate an old piece of furniture or refresh a decorative piece.


Give new life to a wooden box for your brushes or your knitting needles.


Make lovely wall decorations and add finishing touches with chalk paint.


I've got a tutorial coming up soon that will show you how to make these adorable himmeli butterflies, so stay tuned!

You can leave your masterpiece the way it is, or go even further. Because chalk paint leaves a matte finish, it's recommended that you apply a soft wax after the paint is dry. The wax brings out the color of the paint and takes away some of the dullness that the chalk paint leaves. After you add your wax, you can distress your furniture for your desired result.

Have you ever used chalk paint? Have you ever used it on a different surface, other than wood? You can share your ideas and links to your creations in the comment section below.