Make Your Own Chalk Finish Paint

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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.

Disorganized CD's
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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!

white and green cabinet with two doors

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.

Chalk finish paint DIY cabinet

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.

chalk finish paint cabinet. Brown and beige

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

chalk finish paint DIY cabinet detail

Want to know how to make your own chalk finish paint?

Chalk Finish Paint Recipe

You will need:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water, cool
  • Plastic paint bucket
  • Plastic measuring cups (don’t reuse for food)
  • A plastic container for mixing
  • Paint stir sticks (ask for them in the paint department at Lowe’s. They’re free)
  • Valspar Signature latex flat paint or latex paint with built-in primer in the color of your choice

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.

Want even more great ideas? Check out Lowe’s in Pinterest, Lowe’s Creative Ideas on Facebook, or Lowe’s on Instagram, they are loaded with projects to inspire you, too.

Happy painting!

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

Chalk finish paint furniture, before and after
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I love the little cabinet and it’s “changes”. Where did you get the cabinet? I’ve been looking, but nothing is right for my sewing room except for a small cabinet that you transformed. None the less, you did a great job!

Mayito Castillo

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!

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