DIY – Homemade Chalk Paint Dresser

Happy Friday everyone! This week as been really busy for me, so I’m looking forward to the weekend!

Today, I have a little furniture makeover I did a few months back. I saw this dresser in the garage of my husband’s parents. It must have been painted years ago, but definitely had seen better days. I decided it would work in our master bedroom and I have been dying to try chalk paint. I had seen all sorts of blog posts and pins on Pinterest about chalk paint. I decided I would go the homemade route and mix up some chalk paint myself.

After researching, I decided I would try using this method for making your own chalk paint. If you haven’t heard about chalk paint before, it is different than other types of paint because you don’t have to sand or prime the furniture if you don’t want. How awesome is that! I was a little apprehensive of this paint – thought it would be too good to be true.

The recipe calls for calcium carbonate & latex paint. I bought the calcium carbonate through Calcium Carbonate (make sure it is powder form). I used 2 parts paint to 1 part calcium carbonate. I mixed the calcium carbonate with a little bit of water before mixing it with the paint (probably a few tablespoons). I bought a quart of the paint, but the dresser only took about half the quart and I did 2 coats.

After the paint was thoroughly dry (I waited a few days), and then did a clear coat of furniture wax. I used a cheese cloth to apply the wax and then buffed off with a clean rag. It was a pretty easy process that should help protect the piece for everyday use.

To finish off the piece, I gave the existing hardware a new look with just some silver spray paint.

I’m really happy with the way the piece turned out and the color is exactly the shade I was going for. This paint went on very smooth and I didn’t need to sand or prime. I still can’t get over that, but I’m for anything that will save me time! I didn’t try to age the paint at all, but I read that chalk paint is great if you want that distressed look. Can’t wait to use this technique again on another piece soon!

Have you tried using chalk paint before?

I would really like to try Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and see how they compare to the homemade kind.

Have you tried either one?

I will be sharing this recipe at the following link-up parties this week and next:  Miss Mustard SeedSomething SwankyThe Shabby Creek CottageThe 36th AvenueThe Frugal Girls,Tatertots & JelloWhipperberrySerenity NowThirty Handmade DaysPositively Splendid, and Sugar Bee Crafts.


  1. says

    Oh my! I LOVE the color of your dresser! Do you mind sharing the name of the paint color that you used?

    I actually just posted about using AS Chalk Paint…it works like a charm! But, I’m anxious to try the “home made” version as well. :)

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