The Best DIY Chalk Paint Ever {REALLY!}

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The biggest craze to hit the DIY market has got to be chalk paint. What’s not to love? There is virtually no prep required, it’s easy to work with and is relatively cheap…….if you make your own. However, when you first think of chalk paint or google “chalk paint”, ‘Annie Sloan’ always comes up. It seems to be the standard that all other chalk paints need to live up to or are compared to. There is only one problem with this paint though, that I will get to in a moment.


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is the brand name for a unique water-based decorative paint. It is a non-toxic paint that is lead-free, EG-free, virtually odour-free and has very low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Developed by Annie Sloan specifically for furniture, it can be applied to most surfaces and very rarely requires any priming or sanding before painting. You can use it on walls, floors, wood, concrete, metal, matt plastic, earthenware, brick, stone and more – inside or outside. You can even use it to paint upholstery and dye fabric.

I had heard so much about this miracle paint that I drove to one of the stores in our area that carries it to buy some for a project I was working on. The store also carried samples of furniture that were painted with this paint and I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. The furniture looked nice enough, but didn’t have that wow factor to completely convince me to buy the paint, particularly since the price was over $40 a quart. The pieces I saw were waxed, which was something I wasn’t going to do because the pieces I was working on were going to be in a living room and well used, so they would require a more durable finish. However, the lure of no priming or prepping that came with chalk paint were too attractive for me to let that go.

I’ve talked to some people who have used Annie Sloan chalk paint and have had good results with it, but to me, the cost was too high for what you get, so I looked around for an alternative solution. There are other companies that make chalk paint or paint with a chalky finish, but were still pricey. I did try the DecoArt paint, but the texture and finish wasn’t what I was looking for, so I set out to try my hand at a DIY formula figuring that I had nothing to loose.

After some trial and error, I found my go-to homemade chalk paint. I absolutely love it to paint furniture. It’s smooth, easy to work with, doesn’t harden and most of all it is cost effective. I’ve read lots of articles and blog posts on rehabilitating old furniture and am very fussy in what I put in my house because there is only so much room for my favourite pieces. Redoing tired furniture only seems to make sense to me from an affordability point of view. I will be sharing my projects in upcoming posts and hope you will be inspired to get on the furniture rehabilitation band wagon. It’s one heck of a ride!

In my next post, I will share my recipe and how I use it.  Here is a photo of a fireplace mantelpiece that I am in the process of finishing. I’m very pleased with how it turned out and will share how I did it in an upcoming post.


Dreary day when I took the photo:(  Will post an update when totally completed to show the full effect!




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