DIY Chalk Paint for Less

So a few weeks ago I was shopping around for chalk paint to refinish a dresser for my daughters room. I was blown away when I came across $21 for a 16oz jar of Annie Sloan chalk paint (and that was before shipping and tax!) You guys, thats the size of a water bottle! And that didn’t include the price of the wax to finish the project! Oh no, no, no! For this recipe I spent about $39 (including the finishing wax) and it made a gallon of paint, so now I can paint all of the dressers in the land!
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Before I go on I have to say, I’ve heard of people not stripping and sanding the surfaces for chalk paint projects. I Don’t recommend cutting corners.

A. It might look really crappy (like you cut corners)


B. Every time you look at it and see the imperfections you’ll wonder why you didn’t just do it right the first time. Then you’ll leave it alone because you don’t want to re-do the whole project and you’ll make up excuses for why you never have enough time. Then every time someones asks you about it you’ll only point out the imperfections and you’ll wish you would’ve just done it right the first time. So can we all agree to not do that?.


So heres what you’ll need:

1 Gallon Colored Flat Paint (remember this will lighten when you add the other ingredients)

2 Cups Plaster of Paris

1 Cup Water

1 Johnson Paste Wax

Glass bowl

Paint brush


In a glass mixing dish, mix together plaster of paris and water until it is smooth, get out all of the lumps with a wire whisk. Add in water and plaster of paris mixture to paint and mix well! Start painting!Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 10.35.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-05-03 at 10.36.09 PM

Check out this tutontial on how to paint HERE

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To finish up, use an old terry cloth and rub on the Johnson paste and rub it on evenly in a circular motion. After its dry you’re ready to go!  And isn’t that the most gorgeous color ever?! Stay tuned for the whole before and after coming soon.




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