How To Make Custom Color Chalk Paint ~ I am thrilled to share how to make a custom color chalk paint. It is so doable and makes a lovely paint to work with.
Have you seen all of the wonderful furniture painting projects that are being pinned on Pinterest? A lot of the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ images are quite remarkable. What were once old, worn and outdated pieces of furniture now have a whole new look thanks to a fresh coat of paint.
I finally got brave enough to try my own furniture makeover project. I bought an outdated dresser at the thrift store and made it into a TV stand with a fresh coat of paint. I share the instructions for how I did it in Furniture Makeover: Outdated Dresser To New TV Stand. The color I painted it was Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore and the type of paint I used was chalk paint.
I decided to make my own chalk paint because I wanted to have a custom color that matched a feature wall in the basement family room. It also matches beautifully with this ottoman I bought at the thrift store. I recovered it with this with a gorgeous navy blue fabric.
Pros And Cons For How To Make Custom Color Chalk Paint
The pros for making your own chalk paint are that it is less expensive and you have many more color choice options because you can make a custom color. The other pro is that it is super easy to make.
Before I go on I should also share the cons with you. After having made my own custom color chalk paint I do have to admit that it is a little more work and takes a little more time to make. But I have to say the work and time can be measured in terms of minimal effort and a few extra minutes compared to buying ready-made chalk paint.
What Is The Best Kind Of Chalk Paint to Make?
I did a fair bit of research before starting this furniture makeover and I found out there are actually a few different ways with different ingredients for making chalk paint. The best place for chalk paint information is the blog In My Own Style. Diane Henkler is the very talented blogger and creator of this blog. She shares several different recipes for making chalk paint as well as loads of inspiring painted furniture projects.
Based on Diane’s recommendation I chose to go with a chalk paint that is made with Calcium Carbonate mixed with water and combined with the latex paint. I also chose to go with the Aura Benjamin Moore paint. It is their higher end paint but I wanted to ensure I was working with quality products.
What Is Calcium Carbonate?
I also did a bit of research on Calcium Carbonate. It is one of the most commonly found minerals found all over the world. It is found in limestone, calcite, chalk and marble. It is also found in pearls, the skeleton of coral and eggshells. Interestingly, Calcium Carbonate is a dietary supplement used to add more calcium in a diet. It is also used as an antacid to relieve heartburn and upset stomach symptoms.
I knew it was a supplement that I could readily buy at the pharmacy. That was one of the reasons I chose to use this ingredient in my custom color chalk paint. But I had a bit of problem. I assumed I could just buy the powder form but that was not the case where I live. When chatting with the pharmacist she recommended that I use a food processor to grind the tablet form into a powder. She also said that when I wanted to make more chalk paint she would order in the powder for me. As it turned out it was a bit of an extra effort to grind the Calcium Carbonate tablets but it really did work. I used a small food processor that I bought at the thrift store. Calcium Carbonate in a powder form has the same texture as chalk. It even has an ever so slight greasy feel to it. As a result it made cleaning the food processor a bit difficult to clean because Calcium Carbonate residue was quite difficult to totally wipe clean. That is why an inexpensive small food processor is a recommended option.
Here is an image of Calcium Carbonate purchased as a supplement at the pharmacy and how it looks when it has been ground to fine powder using a food processor.
Here is a closeup of Calcium Carbonate powder.
Some Tips For Working With Calcium Carbonate
If you use a food processor to grind the Calcium Carbonate tablets into a powder you will notice that there will be some chunks remaining. Don’t worry about this. I found the chunks dissolved when mixed with the water and completely disappeared when mixed with the latex paint.
I bought a used food processor at the thrift store that I solely use for grinding the Calcium Carbonate.
I also invested in a Rubbermaid Seal & Save Paint Container to mix the chalk paint in. You can easily use a yogurt container or even a mason jar. I liked the size, stability and how secure the lid fit on the Rubbermaid container. It made the job a bit easier to work with such a secure container.
I have to admit I really enjoyed this painting project. And working with chalk paint. Making the custom color chalk paint was so doable. Here is how to do it…
Ingredients For How To Make Custom Color Chalk Paint
- 2-tablespoons Calcium Carbonate Powder
- 1-tablespoon water
- 1-cup latex paint
Yield: one cup
Instructions For How To Make Custom Color Chalk Paint
- Combine the Calcium Carbonate powder and water. Stir well.
- Add to one cup of latex paint. Stir well.
Here is an image of Calcium Carbonate powder mixed with water. It does get a bit bubbly but you can see that the powder mixes very well with the water.
I tested this recipe on an inexpensive end table I picked up at the thrift store for a couple of dollars. I first cleaned and sanded the table and then I applied two coats of the custom color chalk paint in the ‘Hale Navy ‘ paint color by Benjamin Moore. I was so impressed with how easy the custom color paint was to make, how easy it was to work with and how it turned out. This navy blue table is now an updated and coordinated piece of furniture in the downstairs family room. What an improvement for hardly any money!
I have several more furniture painting projects waiting to be completed. I now have the know-how and the confidence to go ahead and see what new updated pieces I will be creating using custom color chalk paint.
Here is a pinnable image for future reference and for sharing…
I would love to hear your thoughts about chalk paint. Have you worked with it and if so, what projects did you complete? Do you buy your chalk paint or do you make your own. If so, what ingredients are you favorite to work with?