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How to Make DIY Chalk Paint
If you’re looking for a way to dress up your furniture with a fun and fresh look, I have an easy color recipe that you can use over and over again. Chalk finish paint gives almost any surface a pretty matte finish, including wood, metal, fabric, and glass. And the best part is that there’s little to no preparation required – all you need is a clean, dry piece of furniture to work on.
The main ingredient in this recipe is gypsum, which gives it a great matte texture and helps it stick to almost anything. To make the plaster, mix 1/3 of a cup with 1/3 of a cup of cold water and stir very well until the plaster has completely dissolved. Then add a cup of paint (just plain old latex) and stir. That’s it! This may seem like a really small batch, but you’ll be amazed at how far it will go—it’s not about getting a totally smooth finish like you would with shiny latex or oil-based paint.
The paint has a more brittle surface, so you want to protect it from wear. You can use a spray polyester or wipe wax to help seal the finish and protect the paintwork. If you want an aged look, you can layer colors on top of each other to add depth and interest.
This frame has raised patterns that are brought out by the chalk finish paint. The color is soft and matte, making it easy to distort and blend. This makes it user friendly and forgiving.