After investing $45 and a half-day drive on a quart of brand chalk paint, I was tasked to find the very best chalk paint recipes for a budget-friendly alternative.

If you have an interest in mixing your own chalk paint to save some time and money, keep reading due to the fact that I found a lot of fascinating stuff I wasn’t aware of on other blog sites.

I tested four of the most popular homemade Chalk Paint Recipes and the outcomes surprised me and left me with a hands-down favorite! In sharing my experience, I hope it helps you choose which DIY dish is right for you.

So let’s begin my count down…

My least preferred is the baking soda dish.

When using this Homemade Chalk Paint, (HMCP) it had an extremely gritty texture in spite of an extensive mixing. I might, in fact, see the tiny granular in the paint as I was using each coat.

I was fretted it wouldn’t sand down properly, however it ended up simply fine … whew! Here’s what it appears like after the final sanding/distressing.

Although Sodium Bicarbonate Chalk Paint is listed last on my countdown, it’s perfect if you’re trying to accomplish an old weathered, distressed “country” looking furniture piece.

Deana at Alchemy Fine Living has a fantastic video showcasing a dresser painted with the Sodium bicarbonate Chalk Paint Recipe.

Sodium Bicarbonate Chalk Paint Cost – $1.69 for a box of baking soda which can be utilized for another 5 single chalk paint dishes + expense of latex paint.

Time Included – No time was spent on the purchase because I constantly have baking soda in my kitchen area. 2-3 minutes to mix it completely into the paint.

Application – Grainy look and feel even when blended thoroughly.

Adhesion & Coverage – Excellent! No priming or sanding needed and fantastic coverage. Excellent protection after 2 coats however I applied 3.

Odor – No smell aside from the latex paint it’s combined with.

Tidy up – Tidies up like routine latex. Not as easy as 100% green brand name chalk paint.

Distressing – Needs sanding. Not as simple and easy as trademark name chalk paint (ie traumatic with dampened cloth).

Complete – The completed look is milky however not rather as smooth as trademark name chalk paint.

Number 3 on my list is the Unsanded Grout Recipe.

I mixed the grout with the water, then when smooth, added it to the paint. It looked and applied like a trademark name chalk paint. It dried fast (within 1/2 hour), and the surface was just as “milky” as the shop-bought.

It had a little bit of a strange odor… ok … truly weird. However, due to the fact that it was using so wonderfully, I wasn’t troubled by it too much.

Fabulous! … so why is it listed No. 3 on my list?

This DIY Homemade Grout variation began to thicken up while I was applying my very first coat … it turned more like thick icing than paint.

I needed to keep mixing it while I was painting and ultimately needed to add more water due to the fact that it was too thick. The next day it had actually truly caked and more water was required. Take a look … it just kept becoming a thick mess!

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Here is the previously and after. The table left wing is painted with Baking Soda HMCP and the table on the right is painted with Unsanded Grout HMCP. Can you see a distinction?

Unsanded Grout Chalk Paint Expense – $17.99 for a big 10lb bag which will last a zillion single dishes + expense of latex paint.

Time Involved – Easy to discover Non-Sanded Grout online or at any Lowe’s, Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire or any on-line home reno shop. Keep in mind– Grout comes in different colors. You want to purchase a white unsanded grout. Why? If you add a colored grout to your paint, it may modify your paint’s shade. 3-5 minutes to measure and blend it thoroughly into the water and paint.

Application – Fabulous … up until it started thickening up. Then time was spent mixing it and adding additional water to obtain the ideal consistency.

Adhesion & Coverage – Terrific! No priming or preparation required and it had full coverage after 3 coats. The more water I included, the thinner the protection.

Smell – It had an odd smell. I ‘d like to describe it to you however I do not know what to compare it to?

Distressing – Needs sanding. Not as uncomplicated as with a brand name chalk paint (ie rubbing with moistened fabric).

Tidy up – Cleans up like regular latex (trademark name chalk paint tidies up a lot easier).

Complete – The ended up look is precisely like a brand chalk paint. Smooth, chalky and beautiful.

My number 2 choice is the Plaster of Paris recipe.

I made a smooth paste with the plaster of paris and water before mixing it into the paint. When mixed well, it was silky smooth and used simply as well as trademark name chalk paint.

The 2nd day it did thicken a little and appeared a little rough, however, after a thorough blending, it was great.

The leftover paint was saved in a glass pickle container and utilized again 2 weeks later on.

Plaster of Paris Chalk Paint Expense – $6.00 for a large box which will last for a long time + expense of latex paint.

Time Involved – Easy to discover Plaster of Paris on-line or at any Lowes, Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire or craft shop. 3-5 minutes to determine and mix it thoroughly into the water and paint.

Application – Fabulous! The consistency was fantastic and it used like trademark name chalk paint.

Adhesion & Protection – Terrific! No priming or preparation needed. Applied 3 coats for complete coverage.

Smell – None aside from the latex paint utilized.

Stressful – Needs sanding. Not as uncomplicated just like a brand chalk paint (ie rubbing with dampened cloth).

Clean Up – Cleans up like routine latex (trademark name chalk paint tidy up is much easier).

Finish – The ended up appearance is exactly like a brand name chalk paint. Smooth, milky and charming.

I used the Plaster of Paris Chalk Paint Dish to re-purpose an old sewing table into a little lady’s desk. What do you believe?

My by far # 1 option was the Calcium Carbonate Dish … which makes common sense considering that Calcium Carbonate is chalk!

It mixed into the paint easily, had a perfect consistency, protection was wonderful, dried within 30 minutes, AND left me with the best chalky finish. I stored the leftover paint in a yogurt container and it kept the same consistency for days. (I did stir it vigorously each time prior to usage.).

The only downfall to my # 1 option as I had a challenging time finding it! Very few stores sell it in powder type and the pill form will not work even if you grind them up.

My regional drug store-bought it in for me and I chose it up 4 days later. Ever since I have actually discovered a great grade Calcium Carbonate On-line and will be purchasing from the comfort of my home.

As I mentioned above, the Plaster of Paris recipe was utilized to re-purpose the sewing table into a desk, but I utilized the Calcium Carbonate Chalk Paint to paint the matching chair. Can you discriminate?

Calcium Carbonate Chalk Paint Expense – $11.99 for a 500g container which I’m practically finished. I’ve painted 1 chair, a large desk (NOT the one revealed above) and 2 big chalkboard frames. I have enough left over for another small/medium job. Out of all four( 4) recipes, Calcium Carbonate is the least cost-effective. However, comparing it to brand chalk paints, the cost difference is still pennies on the dollar in these dishes favor! + cost of latex paint.

Time Involved – Took me 2 weeks to track these things down! I browsed Shoppers Drug Mart, Health Food Stores, Organic Stores and lastly asked at my local pharmacy. Next time, I’ll be purchasing it online! 3-5 minutes to determine and blend it completely into the paint.

Application – Fabulous … precisely like trademark name chalk paints.

Adhesion & Coverage – Great! No priming or preparation needed and the protection was fantastic. It dried faster than the Plaster of Paris (within 20 minutes) due to the fact that no water was added.

Odor – None, other than the latex paint used.

Upsetting – Needs sanding. Not as effortless as with a trademark name chalk paint (ie rubbing with moistened fabric).

Clean Up – Tidies up like routine latex (brand name chalk paint tidy up is a lot easier).

Finish – The finished look is precisely like a brand name chalk paint. Smooth, chalky and stunning!

So the very best Homemade Chalk Paint Dish … Calcium Carbonate!

Although these HMCP recipes are not 100% green, the coverage and surface are VERY comparable to trademark name chalk paints. In researching all my choices, I also discovered Wall Texture, Limestone and Whitening Powder can be utilized to make chalk paint. But this paint is totally safe if you’re going to repaint your baby’s room to make it cozy and fresh.

I wish I knew who to give credit to for the above recipes. Whoever initially developed them … thank-you … absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!