Whether you have considered how to make chalk paint or not, you can’t have missed this gorgeous matt finish gracing surfaces in the most stylish of modern homes.
Catapulted into consciousness four decades ago by British color expert Annie Sloan with her popular palette and trademarked collection, chalk paint has weathered the vagaries of interior design trends and paint ideas to become a style staple.
As well as its beautiful matt finish, chalk paint is loved for its ease of use. This has made it a favorite with creatives and those who love to restore or refresh furniture.
‘The great thing about chalk paint is that it’s easy to use, incredibly versatile, and can be applied to almost any surface, including wood, metal, plastic, fabric or leather, ceramic or glass, walls, and floors, with almost no prep work or priming required,’ says Molly Gaviston, founder of Vintage Tonality.
‘It’s one of the most popular ways to update outdated furniture. Chalk paint dries quickly to a matte finish, can be easily distressed, and can give you a smooth, blended, or textured paint finish depending on how you apply it. Chalk paint allows you the flexibility to apply a completely different look and feel to each new project.’
The only downside with ready made chalk paint is that it can be pricey, which is why social media is awash with those who have made their own for a fraction of the cost. So what do you need if you want to make your own chalk paint?
How to make chalk paint
There are numerous DIY chalk paint recipes that use calcium carbonate, plaster-of-paris or even crushed chalk sticks as additives, but which is best?