DIY Chalk Paint: How to Make Your Own Chalk Paint

(Last Updated On: July 22, 2019)

After using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, I was determined to find the BEST Homemade Chalk Paint formula for a cost efficient alternative. You will love how easy it is to make it yourself. I’ve painted many pieces of furniture using this recipe and love the results. The beauty of using the original Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan as well as other recipes that have a chalky texture is that it can be applied to many surfaces with minimal prep work.

DIY Chalk Paint

 LET’S GET STARTED!  Click here to watch the video!

You will need the following materials to make your own paint.


  • Measuring cup
  • Paint stirrer
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Water
  • Latex Paint
  • Container to store paint in




  • Add two tablespoons of calcium carbonate and one tablespoon of water and mix well. You can find calcium carbonate online. I purchased a bulk size from Amazon because it received great reviews.


  • Add one cup of latex paint to your calcium carbonate mixture.
  • Stir thoroughly until combined.

I like to use the small trial size latex paint from Home Depot or Lowe’s or the quart size for larger projects. You can choose any color from their color sample chart and they will make you a sample size in the color of your choice.

Sherwin Williams and Behr paint mix well with the calcium carbonate. When I tried Valspar paint, it left clumps in my mixture when mixed with the calcium carbonate. I tried painting a piece of furniture with this paint and it left small clumps on my furniture.

Latex Paint For DIY Project


  • Put your lid on your jar if you’re not ready to paint. I’ve stored my paint for up to three weeks before painting a piece of furniture. And that’s all there is to making your own homemade chalky texture of paint

 NOTE: You can always add more or less calcium carbonate to suit your taste as well. If you want a more chalky finish, then add more calcium carbonate. Have fun experimenting! 


  • 2 tbsp calcium carbonate
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 cup latex paint


  • Add 2 tablespoons of calcium carbonate to jar.
    Add 1 tablespoon of water to calcium carbonate mixture and stir well.
    Add 1 cup latex paint to mixture and stir well


If not ready to paint, store paint in a sealed jar.
Happy Painting!

I like to label my jars with Chalkboard labels.


It is also helpful to keep track of the different colors so that I can reference them for future projects. I paint Popsicle sticks and label the color that I used.

paint colors chalk paint

Continue reading if you would like to see some examples of how I used this homemade chalky paint. 


Before and After Chalk Paint Nightstand

Unpainted Nightstand Project

 This is what it looks like after applying one coat of paint. I like to apply a thin coat and then let it dry and apply another coat.I usually like to apply three coats to the top surface for extra durability and two coats of paint to the rest of the piece.

DIY Chalk painted nightstand first coat

                                                                           Here is the finished piece.

Here is another example of how I used this homemade chalky paint recipe. Click Here to see how I painted this desk using chalk paint.

I applied three coats of paint to this desk for extra durability and followed up by protecting my piece with Varathane instead of wax for extra protection. I prefer Varathane over other products because some polyurethane brands add a yellowish tint if I’m painting with white paint or other light colors.

I LOVE to be inspired by others as well as to inspire. Have fun painting and creating!