I expected to find reviews of the best brands. Instead, I kept finding recipe after recipe for DIY chalk paint. So my research officially ended right where it started. If all these other bloggers were making their own paint then I would too.
While some of the recipes varied in measurements, most of them had the same basic ingredients. So I decided to wing it and just started mixing and testing on my own. After a few attempts, I succeeded in establishing a mix that I liked. The recipe is below.
1 Part Water
1 Part Plaster of Paris (Dry)
3 Parts Latex Paint
1. Mix the one part water and one part Plaster of Paris together thoroughly. Don't leave it idle for too long or it will start to set and get chunky.
2. Add three parts paint to the previous mixture and stir.
I use Popsicle sticks to mix the ingredients. I'm usually working with small quantities of paint and the normal paint sticks are just too big for the job.
I provided the recipe in parts rather than actual measurements. It's easier to scale your needs that way. Also, the last thing I want to do when painting is measure out paint and transfer it into several different containers. Totally unnecessary.
I like to use Tupperware containers when painting my furniture. They are small and easy to handle. They also have lids that can be snapped on to keep paint fresh for a few days so you can do several coats without making a new mix each time.