I have wanted to try my hand at making my own homemade chalky finish paint for quite awhile now and today’s project lent itself perfectly to experimenting with a homemade paint recipe. I am feverishly trying to get the entire house decorated for Christmas by this weekend and my mantel is of course a top priority! I used my homemade chalk paint recipe on the angel wings and they turned out exactly the way I hoped! But as you can see in the picture below, I have one project that is painfully not yet finished. Please try and pretend that that wall is done. Sometimes the show must go on with all of it’s imperfections and unfinished projects!
I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and recommend using it. It’s fantastic to work with and the consistency is much better than homemade chalk paint. However, when in a pinch for time (or cost) this recipe should be in every DIY’ers arsenal of tricks. To make chalk paint all you need is unsanded grout which can be found in the tile section at Lowes and your choice of latex paint. Flat paint works best but whatever you have on hand will do! I used Valspar’s Paint & Primer Gloss in Brilliant White and it still worked but was more difficult to distress.
The key to getting your chalk paint nice and smooth is to mix the grout with a small amount of water to make a smooth paste before adding your paint. Your paint will be thick but should NOT be lumpy at all. You can try my paint mixing technique to achieve a very smooth consistency. Homemade chalk paint dries very quickly, so you’ll want to work fast. The beautiful thing about it is that you can slap it on without much precision and it levels nicely.
I knew that I wanted angel wings above my mantel this year. I had originally planned on making some by using cardboard for the base of the wings and cutting feathers from cereal boxes. But when I stumbled on these angel wings at Marshall’s for $14.99, I figured I’d save myself 15 hours of work and just paint them!
After allowing my paint to dry (which didn’t take long), I distressed the edges of the wings with a sanding sponge and then added some gold Rub n’ Buff (available at craft stores) to give them some added bling. I coated both wings with Shellac to give them a beautiful sheen. I am thrilled with how they turned out and loved the simplicity of the homemade chalk paint recipe. I had some paint left over in my container, but I just tossed it because it wasn’t enough worth saving. You can store unused paint in a small airtight container, but I’m not sure how long homemade chalk paint keeps. If you are doing a large project, I recommend making small batches of paint so that your paint doesn’t dry out.
Have you used this recipe for homemade chalk paint before? Other recipes? What did you think?
I am a Lowes Creator and was given a gift card to complete this project. All supplies came from Lowes (as did that gorgeous fresh cedar garland). All opinions are always my own, and if you know me well I have quite a few and am never scared to speak the truth :).