How to Make Your Own DIY Chalk Paint

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Learn how to make your own DIY chalk paint.

In my daughter’s boho bedroom makeover, I decided to reuse an existing dresser as a nightstand. The size was perfect and added storage is always nice.

It needed a paint job though, so I decided to make my own chalk paint so that it could match her room.

Make your own chalk paint

Reasons to Make DIY Chalk Paint

Cost. Pre-made chalk paint can be pricy. Making your own chalk paint is very affordable.

More Color Choices. Chalk paint normally comes in a small color palette. Making your own chalk paint allows you a greater variety in color. It also allows you to match your decor.

Coverage. DIY chalk paint has superior coverage. I find that it covers in 1-2 coats.

Can You Turn Regular Paint into Chalk Paint?

Yes! I make chalk paint with latex paint that I already own.

And so far, I’ve seen no difference between sheens. I’ve used gloss and flat with the same results. I’ve read that glossy paints get too thick, but chalk paint doesn’t last very long anyways.

Click to read how to fix common chalk paint problems.

How to Make DIY Chalk Paint

Keep in mind that DIY chalk paint doesn’t last long. To make it last longer, store it in an air tight container such as a mason jar in between use.

Even in an air tight container, it probably won’t last more than a week.

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Supplies Needed

Mixing DIY Chalk Paint

  1. Mix 1 tbsp of Plaster of Paris with 1 tbsp of water.plaster of Paris in mixing cup
  2. Mix until is become a paste. plaster of Paris and water mixed for chalk paint
  3. Pour about 1/2 cup paint into the paste.mixing chalk paint
  4. Mix until blended well.
  5. If the mixture is too thick, add more water.
  6. Letting it sit for a few minutes will thicken the mixture.
  7. You might need to add water as you go if the mixture starts to thicken too much.thickened chalk paint

Paint Your Furniture

For this piece, I used a layered chalk paint technique to give it more depth. DIY chalk paint works great for this process and I was able to use the colors that I had already used in my daughter’s boho bedroom.

1st layer of DIY chalk paint

As you can see, the first coat covered pretty well for it to be a light color going over a dark color.

blended chalk paint on dresser drawers

I painted a 2nd coat and added the blending technique for perfect coverage. 

lavender dresser painted with DIY chalk paint

details of lavender dresser

DIY Chalk Paint

DIY chalk painted dresser

Learn how to make your own chalk paint. This is a great way to make chalk paint in custom colors.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • Latex Paint
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Mixing Cups
  • Water
  • Stir stick
  • Mason Jar (for storage)


  1. Mix 1 tbs of Plaster of Paris and 1 tbs of water to form a paste.
  2. Add 1 cup of paint to the mixture.
  3. Stir until mixed well.
  4. Paint as usual.


Add more water as needed. The paint thickens over time.

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  1. Hi! Any reason why my paint would clump and become unmixable within a few mins of making? I followed all the measurements, used a regular paint/primer in one paint that I had on hand. The texture was perfect and I began painting my project. Within a few mins it started clumping badly so I added more water and started mixing, within seconds I was unable to mix it it had gotten so hard and clumpy. I had to throw it out. I’m not sure where I went wrong. I’ve mixed this same recipe before without issue.

    1. Plaster of Paris is supposed to harden, so you have to add more water than you think. I normally mix my batch and add water as I go to keep it from getting clumpy. By the end of the project, it’s pretty thick.

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