Make Your Own Chalk Finish Paint

by Silvia on February 10, 2014 · 2 comments

in Mi casa / My home

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I found a small cabinet at a yard sale and I grabbed it because its size was promising and the price was right. But it definitely needed new paint. I’d been looking for something to store our music CDs (Sounds old school I know, but we have so much wonderful music acquired long before iTunes). The CDs were living in a disorganized mess on top of a bookshelf, so they definitely needed a new home.


When the folks at Lowe’s asked me to try a project featuring a chalk-finish paint, I thought this would be the perfect piece for that. So I did it!

Behold the before picture in all its green glory!


And here is the after photo complete with a chocolate-brown, chalk-finish paint and some music-inspired details. I just used a little bit of twine with my glue gun for the details.



I painted it inside and out with the chalk-finish brown. The shelves and front panels got beige. I removed the doors while painting to make it easier to cover every nook and cranny. It was a snap with my 3rill! But other than that I just sanded and painted it.


Here’s a close-up of my treble clef sign.


Want to know how to make the chalk-finish paint?

Chalk Finish Paint Recipe

You will need:

How to Make It

Measure 1/3 cup plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup cold water and mix them really well in the plastic container until the plaster of Paris is completely dissolved and smooth.

Measure one cup of the Valspar latex paint and pour it into your plastic paint bucket. Mix in the plaster of Paris and water mixture and stir until smooth.

This will give you enough paint for one coat for a 6-drawer dresser. I did 3 coats on my music cabinet and there was still a little bit left.

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Happy painting!

PS. I can’t wait to show you next month’s project! Really cool!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

February 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm Mayito Castillo 1

Estoy impresionada con tu excelente trabajo. Te quedo super chevere! completamente como nuevo. Me has dado un buenisima idea ya que no me parece dificil hacerlo. Gracias por compartirlo. Saludos!


February 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm Silvia 2

Gracias Mayito por tu comentario, fue el primer mueble que he construido desde madera, y nos causó un ligero dolor de cabeza pero al final nos gustó y sirve muy bien su propósito.

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