How to Make Colored Chalk Paint at Home


Hey there, crafty mamas and creative souls! Gather ’round because today we’re about to embark on a colorful journey of artistic expression. Picture this: you, armed with paintbrushes and a zest for DIY magic, transforming your plain Jane items into stunning masterpieces. But wait, there’s a twist! We’re not just talking about any old paint here. No, my friends, we’re talking about the wondrous world of colored chalk paint. It’s like a burst of sunshine on a gloomy day, a splash of confetti in a dull room.

So buckle up, put on your imagination caps, and get ready to unleash your inner Picasso as we unveil the secrets of making this enchanting paint concoction right in the cozy corners of your own home. It’s time to let your creativity soar, one brushstroke at a time!

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In this video, Deidre from Our Upcycled Life shares a tutorial on how you can transform a paint tester into chalk paint for a small project. If you don’t want to buy a big quart of paint and just need a small amount, she will show you a simple recipe to turn it into chalk paint.

Deidre went to Home Depot and found the Bear paint testers, which you can find in the little carousel at the paint counter.

She picked a color she liked, a pretty orange shade since it’s fall-themed now. She had the paint mixed up for her and brought it home to turn it into chalk paint. In a step-by-step tutorial, she will show you how she did it.

Now let’s get started. The paint Deidre bought to make chalk paint is a Bear Premium Plus color sample in a matte flat finish. She finds that the matte flat finish works best for making chalk paint. The color she chose is called “Tart Orange,” which is perfect for Halloween projects.

To turn the tester into chalk paint, you will need lukewarm water, the tester paint, a stir stick, a bowl, a spoon, and some plaster of Paris. Deidre instructs to take two tablespoons of plaster of Paris and put it in a dish.

Then, add two tablespoons of lukewarm water and mix the plaster of Paris and water together. Lukewarm water tends to mix better than cold water. Stir the mixture with a stir stick until all the lumps are gone, and it becomes a smooth consistency, similar to the paint in the tester.

Next, take the tester and pour half of it into the plaster of Paris mixture. Even if there are any goopy bits, it’s not a problem as they can be stirred out. Blend the plaster of Paris mix into the tester paint using the stir stick until it’s all blended together and smooth.

What’s great about working with chalk paint is that you don’t need to do any prep work on your project beforehand, and it adheres well to glass or metal, making more projects enjoyable without worrying about the paint not sticking.

Once the mixture is ready, Deidre suggests putting it in a recyclable container with a lid, like a yogurt container, to keep it fresh. It will stay usable for a few weeks in this container. Now she’s ready for her project.

She found a coffee pot or teapot at a yard sale for only 50 cents, which she will paint with the chalk paint she just made from the tester. Deidre applies a thin coat of chalk paint all over the metal surface, and because it’s made into chalk paint, it adheres well.

To make it fancy, she decides to add some graphics using the Decoupage by DecoArt in a matte finish. She presses the graphics firmly onto the project, ensuring there are no air bubbles or wrinkles. Then she lets it sit overnight to dry before removing the paper.

Excited to reveal the graphics, Deidre wets a damp cloth and gently rubs the paper until the graphics start to appear. She continues rubbing with her fingers until all the paper is removed, leaving the graphics on the project. For a more rustic look, she uses sandpaper to roughen up the edges.

Finally, it’s time for the final coat. Deidre prefers using Krylon lacquer to seal and finish the project. And there you have it, a finished product!

It’s a coffee pot that Deidre suggests placing on your kitchen table for the fall season with flowers or little pumpkin ornaments. The chalk paint adhered well to the metal surface, offering endless possibilities for creativity.

FAQ: Making Colored Chalk Paint at Home

Q: What is colored chalk paint, and why should I make it at home?

A: Colored chalk paint is a versatile and vibrant paint mixture that can be used for a variety of crafts and DIY projects. By making it at home, you have the freedom to choose your desired hues, experiment with different color combinations, and save money by using readily available ingredients.

Q: What materials do I need to make colored chalk paint?

A: The beauty of making colored chalk paint at home lies in its simplicity. All you need are some acrylic craft paint in your preferred colors, unsanded grout (available at hardware stores), water, a mixing container, and a stirring tool. Voila! You’re ready to mix up your magical paint potion.

Q: Can I customize the intensity of the colors?

A: Absolutely! You have the power to control the vibrancy of your colored chalk paint. If you want bold and intense colors, simply use a higher concentration of craft paint. For a softer, more muted look, dilute the paint with a bit more water. Feel free to experiment and find the perfect shade that speaks to your artistic soul.

Q: What surfaces can I use colored chalk paint on?

A: Colored chalk paint is incredibly versatile and can be applied to various surfaces, including wood, metal, glass, and even some fabrics. It adheres well and provides a beautiful matte finish. Just make sure to clean and prepare the surface properly before applying the paint for optimal results.

Q: How long does colored chalk paint take to dry?

A: The drying time of colored chalk paint can vary depending on factors such as humidity and thickness of the paint layer. Generally, it takes around 20-30 minutes for the paint to dry to the touch. However, for a fully cured and durable finish, it’s best to let it dry overnight or for at least 24 hours.

Q: Can I seal colored chalk paint?

A: Absolutely! While colored chalk paint dries to a matte finish, you can further enhance its durability and protect your masterpiece by applying a clear wax or a water-based sealer. This step will help seal the paint and provide an extra layer of protection against wear and tear.

Q: Are there any special techniques or tips for using colored chalk paint?

A: Experimentation is key! Colored chalk paint is incredibly forgiving and allows you to explore various techniques. You can create distressed or aged effects by lightly sanding the dried paint or applying a second coat in a contrasting color and distressing it with sandpaper. Get creative with stencils, layering colors, or even using it for writing on chalkboard surfaces. Let your imagination run wild!

Q: Can colored chalk paint be used outdoors?

A: While colored chalk paint is not specifically designed for outdoor use, it can be used on exterior surfaces if properly sealed with an outdoor-rated sealer or varnish. Keep in mind that exposure to the elements may result in faster wear and fading, so occasional touch-ups or resealing may be required.

Q: Where can I find inspiration for using colored chalk paint?

A: Inspiration is all around you! Browse through crafting blogs, social media platforms, and even local art galleries. You’ll discover a treasure trove of ideas for transforming furniture, home decor, and various objects using colored chalk paint. Don’t be afraid to put your own unique spin on things and let your imagination be your guide!

Kim Lazaroe

Hi, my name is Kim. I've always enjoyed making crafts for each holiday and season throughout the year. My fond memories are making crafts with my mom or helping my dad build something around the house. Now I get to create new crafting memories with my daughter and husband as well as share my knowledge and experience in crafting with the world. Hope you enjoy my site.

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