Refinished Chest, before and after
Jenni West portrait

Refinished Chest

Updated with Homemade Chalk Paint

Jenni West

Girl Meets Restoration

Behr Colour Palette

This colour is Ultra Pure White

Ultra Pure White

1850

This colour is Soft Mint

Soft Mint

HDC-MD-19

This colour is Totally Black

Totally Black

HDC-MD-04

I’m your typical Millennial so naturally I love anything one would consider effortless. I’m an avid bargain hunter so I love a good deal. And really, who doesn’t love great quality?! For those of you that can relate to me on even just one of these levels, you will love this simple Furniture Hack that is about to revolutionize your DIYing.

I'll take you step by step through my process for mixing your own chalk paint using BEHR Latex Paint and Plaster of Paris.

Tools and ingredients for making chalk paint
Top view of recipe and chalk paint ingredients
Mixing chalk paint in a red plastic cup

Homemade Chalk Paint

Yes, folks! It is possible to get the same ease, quality, and outcome that you would from name brand chalk paint by mixing your own at home for a fraction of the price in less than 5 minutes. Nay! 3 minutes! Not to mention your endless choice of colours. I’ll take you step by step through my process for mixing your own chalk paint using BEHR Paint and Plaster of Paris. Let’s get started!

Recipe

  • Mix 1/3 cup Plaster of Paris with 1/3 cup cool water; mix until smooth.
  • Combine 1 cup of BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA Interior Paint with the Plaster of Paris mixture and stir thoroughly.

See? Couldn’t get any easier! Mix, pour, stir & voila! Homemade Chalk Paint

Using a sanding sponge to sand the dresser

To prep your piece simply take a sanding sponge (any grit between 120-180 will do the trick) and quickly sand down the piece. I don’t spend more than 5 minutes on this step. You want to rough up the finish just enough to keep it from being slick. Then begin.

Dresser top showing the difference between one coat and two coats of paint

You’ll notice the first coat is streaky. Do not fret! The magic happens when you apply the second coat. The texture of this paint is exactly what you’d think... chalky and extremely matte. If you love that texture, great! If not, it sands down to a beautifully buttery smooth finish.

Visualize It

White dresser in front of a cream-colored wall

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The Big Reveal

Finished dresser in front of a cream-colored wall
Detail of dresser top
Detail of dresser bottom

To give this super outdated piece a modern flair I simply used painter’s tape to create a couple of stripes down the middle. I went through the same process with the black paint (Totally Black HDC-MD-04) and mint paint (Soft Mint HDC-MD-19) to mix up a chalk paint finish for easy application. I store my paint in a sealable container so I can reuse. I don’t typically save beyond 2 weeks. To preserve your creative genius for all of time, apply a couple coats of Polyurethane or furniture wax to protect. Both work equally as well with this homemade paint.

Jenni West portrait

Jenni West

I’m Jenni, your average, run-of-the-mill, twenty-something trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up with a whole lot of passion for designing, reviving, and repurposing old furniture. Visit my Girl Meets Restoration blog for more projects.