Chalky Paint Recipe Using Calcium Carbonate

 If you follow me on social media, you know that I love to paint furniture! Chalk paint is one of my favorite kinds of paint. 

I love the matte finish that comes from chalk paint. It's so easy to use and in my opinion, it's hard to mess up. Seriously.

I have tried several different brands of paint that advertise a chalky finish. I've even done side by side comparisons for price, consistency, availability, etc. 

But that's not what this blog is about. 

At the request of one of my Youtube followers, I decided to try and make my own chalk paint using calcium carbonate. 

Calcium carbonate is a white powdery substance that can be purchased at your hardware store or online. I bought mine online.

Recipe for Calcium Carbonate Chalk Paint

My recipe is as follows:

2 tablespoons - Calcium Carbonate

8 ounces - Latex Paint

1 tablespoon - Water

Mix calcium carbonate and water together and stir well. Pour this mixture into the 8 oz paint and mix well.


The result is a chalky-like paint that can be applied in most cases without primer and dries to a matte finish. I love it! Bonus: this is much cheaper than paying retail!

Tip: Store your homemade chalky paint in a sealed glass container, unless you plan to use it right away. I used a recycled pasta sauce jar for storage.

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