Why Use Chalk Paint?
Chalk Paint is a faster drying than latex paint and will not require a primer coat of paint. You can paint any surface with chalk paint and it adheres with little prep work outside of cleaning. For super glossy enamel surfaces, I would still suggest to lightly sand the surface for the best application. Any latex paint can be made into chalk paint using my DIY chalk paint recipe below and it's non toxic. For more information on how to chalk paint furniture or cabinets, check out this link (How to Chalk Paint furniture) for a step to step how to directions. You can also turn any color latex paint into a chalk paint wall for a room in your home.
DIY Chalk Paint Recipe
12 tblsp of Calcium Carbonate
1 quart latex paint
4-6 tblsp of Water
Mix your calcium carbonate and water in a cup or bowl. I stir in 4 tblsp of water; adding additional tablespoons of water as needed to get a nice smooth consistency like thin pancake batter. After the mixture is smooth, you will add this to your latex paint. If you are mixing the paint and cc mixture together in the same quart the paint came in, you may need to put it in another container or take out a little paint so that the mixture doesn't overflow the quart. Mix really well! Keep mixing until it looks smooth.
That's it! Easy right?
*Helpful Tips: If this is the first time painting with chalk paint, understand that you will need several coats. I usually do 2 to 3 for good coverage. Drying time varies between coats but you can count on them drying 20 to 30 minutes in between applications.
Remember to apply a coat of clear wax to your piece after painting. This seals the paint and gives it a professional look.
Calcium Carbonate can be purchased online or at your local health food store. It is non toxic! :)
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