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anyway, thank you soooo much for this great chalk paint tip! haven’t tried any kind of chalk paint, but your mirror has turned out wonderfully! thanks for sharing this and the chalk paint tips with us at inspiration friday! i used power grout mix with paint ,came out great! but i plan to make more for some up coming projects …i’m not buying the calcium carbonate…because well, i have the huge economy version of pop…and there is no need really. i have wanted to try chalk paint for a long time now, but no one around me sells it (or has even heard of it! the trick i found, is to dissolve 1/2 cup of pop in about 1/2 cup of warm-hot water first…then mix into 1 1/2 cups of paint.! i never would have thought of making chalk paint myself!'ve often thought the ridiculously expensive version had to be a simple combo of paint & chalk, or possibly just gesso, as the villabarnes blog has shown us. i save as many plastic screw top jars as i can and store my paints in them they work really well for keeping the leftover paint in. and i will be trying out my own chalk paint very soon! i've been wanting to try chalk paint so much but didn't want to spend that kind of money on a little bit of paint. the vanity i used approximately 1/4 of the 12 ounce jar of calcium carbonate plus a sample size pot of paint. i remember that they had calcium and thought what is the chance. i'm not one to pay for a quart of paint but have been wanting to try it. you just have to dissolve the pop in water first then stir in your paint.'ve already experimented using plaster of paris and martha stewart paint samples. didn't even enter my mind that we can make this stuff.!Hi anita, i have had good luck with the plaster but i prefer the calcium carbonate. the only reason i wanted to use ascp was because you didn't have to prime &/or prep the piece prior to painting & it would still stick. i bought 3 quarts of ascp and have used about 1/3 of each quart which, of course equals about 1 quart and i've painted 6 end tables, a sofa table, 5 large sconces, 8 frames and a few smaller things. anita…i’m ready to order some calcium carbonate but wonder what exactly you ordered? haven’t tried any kind of chalk paint, but your mirror has turned out wonderfully!  i like using the antique brown when i am waxing something painted white. we recommend that you always test a small inconspicuous area before painting, antiquing, cleaning or performing any of the diy techniques. maybe it was because i really stirred out the lumps with water before adding paint? i have never made chalk paint or used it yet…. original plan was to use flat paint and distress and glaze like i’ve done other pieces of furniture that turned out looking good…still might stick with that tried and true method that works for me!

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, i used unsanded grout as well to make a chalkboard, it worked out great! i recently did a dining room table and now i’m hooked on chalk paint. i have not used other brands of chalk paint so i cannot compare this formula to those. saved and washed out glass jars to mix the paint in. too couldnt justify the price of chalk paint but will have to try your idea for sure! you thank you, i will try to make the chalk paint. i tried homemade chalk paint for the first time on a dresser that i just refurbished. not everyone can afford such a lavish price on a small quart of paint. i knew it would be cheaper to make it myself. the paint distressed with no mess and was so much easier to scuff from the edges than any latex i've tried. cc and pop together with latex paint to make the best chalk paint ladies – see my post re in my style 🙂. if bonding is the only big question here, then i'd suggest using a good bonding/leveling primer (such as gripper) as a base, instead of latex paint. i have been kicking around the idea that there must be a way to diy chalk paint, and you have done all the work for me! painted several things and the consistency was good even to the bottom of the can. 😉 for a smoother finish, use a roller or high-quality brush and also more paint to the plaster of paris ratio., i used unsanded grout as well to make a chalkboard, it worked out great! not so easy to find (always the online chance) but it’s cheap and makes a great chalk paint. i found the “recipe” for chalk paint this summer. i am converting an old dresser into a media console for the living room, and i really want to paint it, but am worried that it might chip. original plan was to use flat paint and distress and glaze like i’ve done other pieces of furniture that turned out looking good…still might stick with that tried and true method that works for me!.so i’ve tried plaster of paris, the trick is to mix it in hot water to dissolve all the particles and only mix a small bit at a time (wait till it cools before adding it to your paint)- i’d love to try caco3 and the grout idea, saw white fine grout at the local hardware shop. 😉 that’s what makes it really stick and be super forgiving without having to spend hours prepping the surface first. i didn't add any water to my paint (since the plaster of paris container said not to). ascp colors are nice, but it’s also nice to make one’s own chalk paint in the wide variety of colors available.  but i simply cannot recommend using the plaster of paris, since it does not incorporate well into the paint. check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, a gift from me, and tons of support:Dreamer, thinker, + lemon squeezer; you'll usually find me clutching a mug of coffee, glue gun, fandeck of paint colors, and a child at any given time. can't wait to see what else you paint, well done!  i have used the paint over and over again and each time i just added a couple of drops of hot water and stirred really good.

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its such a cheaper solution then the expensive brands and i don’t have to make it., chalk paint can be applied to most any surface without priming or sanding, even over wax. i ended up making tiny batches for each coat of paint.  but i simply cannot recommend using the plaster of paris, since it does not incorporate well into the paint. in the 70's i used to make a lot of wood-wash using plaster of paris which incidentally burnishes beautifully however once again this will not form a bond to pre-finished surfaces without primer etc. now, if there was just a magical way to make a slipcover! here’s my hideous thrift store hutch before the makeover (oh the horror! i mixed plaster or paris with a little water until smooth before adding paint. do you tape before painting these type of items or just razor off excess after? i pick up those small latex paint samplers from home depot. am really new to the whole chalk paint experience, and have a couple of questions.’m so glad i read your preference in making your own chalk paint…i had actually written down a recipe using the pop and was going to try it on a dresser in the den when i start my re-do but won’t be buying the pop now that i’ve read this review., i just googled diy chalk paint, and it brought me to your blog.! question: i mistakingly purchased calcium gluconate powder & mixed as you suggested. too used the latex paint/plaster a paris to do 2 nite stands and a wardrobe. i read your post to my daughter and she said, "that is what i told you (about the calcium carbonate).  chalky paint is cheap to make and now you can have it in any color. and latex paint usually needs to cure for a while before you can distress it, but you can sand off chalk paint pretty much as soon as it dries. for the thrifty tips on the making of chalk paint. all love chalky paint, and of course, i still highly recommend buying annie sloan’s chalk paint, unless you are on a tight budget or just want to save some money. ascp must have some kind of additive that makes it adhere to any surface? as i told sherry before, i've been painting up a storm with her recipe.’m a little late, since your replies are from 2012, but i use pop mixed with calcium carbonate and water. i have wanted some chalk paint to redo my dining room table and chairs but was not about to pay the price for it. i just make a paste with 2 tablespoons of cc and add it to 1 cup of paint. i love your chalk paint makeover, i'm going to try your chalk paint recipes and i'll let you know how they turn out.. now, add 3 parts paint to your 1 part of plaster of paris. i can also mention that i use the abovementioned pva paint for most mixes of chalk paint.

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i have used plaster of paris with paint and with gesso successfully but probably didn't realize that i was using some form of chalk paint. is actually calcium carbonate and the product can be purchased in health food stores and at numerous on-line stores. line marking powder is calcium carbonate, maybe that would be easier search since it’s ready to be available at hardware stores, but not named calcium carbonate, but rather line marking powder.  you may need to add a few drops of  hot water to the paint and occasionally stir it if gets too thick. i used plaid craft acrylic paint anddap plaster of paris,and it worked beautifully! best homemade chalk paint recipe that i have found is the one from in my own style. may i ask why you want to use the chalk(y) paint on the walls?[…] started out with a gold frame, and using my homemade chalky paint recipe, i painted the frame a creamy […].. yesterday, i mixed some plaster of paris with some paint. i was just wondering, does it distress in the same manner as the annie sloan chalk paint?  btw, i painted the clock too; i couldn’t help myself. i was wondering just how big or the size of your "sample" paint that you used? i'm the gesso queen, but i've also mixed plaster of paris into paint..To get the chalky paint look just add any one of the above to your latex paint. haven’t had any issues with pop once i found out it’s best to mix it with a little water first before adding it to the paint. just read that you can substitue baking soda for the calcium carbonate - this would be even cheaper!! i just posted a recent project with ascp, but what i didn't share is the cons that i found with the paint. do you tape before painting these type of items or just razor off excess after? can also create custom colors by adding acrylic craft paint to the latex and powder mixture. you tell me if i could use the baking soda in the behr paint and primer? so i got some plaster of paris at our local hardware store and made my own chalk paint following your guide. i used plaster of paris ( couldn't find any of the other additives) and latex paint. cc and pop together with latex paint to make the best chalk paint ladies – see my post re in my style 🙂..too,works w/any color,very cheap to make & works great,way better than pl.!) i have used the real chalk paint many times, but cannot wait to try your ideas! you carrie for the wonderful recipe for the chalk paint, it is amazing the transformation of the hutch it really was unattractive until you used your magic paint. i just couldn't justify paying the king's ransom for paint. i am going shopping for the calcium carbonate this weekend and mixing up some of my own paint.

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i have made some myself with plaster of paris and paint .  btw, i painted the clock too; i couldn’t help myself..thankyouthankyouthankyoui've got the chalky look down to a tee with elbow gease, but my elbow is tired . maybe it was because i really stirred out the lumps with water before adding paint? add one part of plaster of paris to a container (i like to use a clear container to make measuring/mixing easier). i just mixed up a teal paint using a similar recipe. the draw back was the paints i dislike ordering colors i'm not sure about and also waiting for them to come in. the trick i found, is to dissolve 1/2 cup of pop in about 1/2 cup of warm-hot water first…then mix into 1 1/2 cups of paint. i think the key is to mix the plaster of paris with water first…get it all dissolved, and then add that to the paint. chalk paint, diy chalk paint, chalk paint recipe, cheap chalk paint, antique vanityFurniture painting always seemed daunting to me– there’s the prep, the sanding, the filling, the painting, the repainting, the coating– yikes! lumpy, i did some more research and found that most bloggers recommended using calcium carbonate instead. i want to do an “painting after noon” with some friends this summer. best homemade chalk paint recipe that i have found is the one from in my own style. to make chalk paint and modeling paste from calcium carbonate (marble dust). painted several things and the consistency was good even to the bottom of the can. the only recipe i had seen was to use unsanded grout with flat paint. and i found this site after i had done my painting. also, if you were going to try and make your own chalk "paris grey", what base would you start with?’s a side-by-side comparison of out-of-the-can latex and my mixture; if you use the correct ratio, your paint color won’t change. i have a bfa and when first saw the hoopla over the chalk paint, i thought back to my classes and knew all it was is an old master plan of adding a drying agent, chalk or plaster to paint. i thought chalk paint was for painting things in order to use chalk to write on. me declare straight off the bat that i have an interest in ascp as the scottish distributor, but alongside that i am a trained house painter and decorative painter of 25 years experience and have a lot of knowledge of making traditional paints and materials and i teach some of this in my classes in both scotland and in the usa (am currently in sf teaching a class). had to run out all over to find the calcium, which i did. i’ve been wanting to make my own chalk paint because i can’t afford to keep buying quarts of it. on creating chalk paint; i kind of always suspected that it wasn't rocket science, although the price of it sure makes you think it is :). ques…i was about to begin painting a mirror today with ascp…but had a battle with the piece just trying to tape off the mirror from the frame. does it sand/distress as easily and with as little mess as chalk paint? i have a couple of pieces i plan on painting this weekend.

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an invention there is always a cheaper and just as good way of doing things now will you paint my project for me ? i have some new finds primed and ready for paint. "recipe" i had said mix half paint and half plaster of paris. i have made some myself with plaster of paris and paint . just asking because i have a big can of semigloss i would like to use, but i want that flat look that the chalk paint has. you’re unfamiliar with the term, there is a name brand paint with ‘chalk’ in the title. i'd simply assumed i was out of the chalk paint party, until i read this.! i have painted numerous pieces and just tonight actually, finished my tub of pop and am looking forward to trying the cc to see which i prefer. it’s a little abrasive, hence the ‘chalk like’ texture. you ever used the paint samples you can get from bm or sw? actually it doesn't matter to me whether people in scotland add whiting to paint or not. genuinely applaud anyone who thinks out of the box, learns a little about paint technology and uses low cost materials and paints to create new and exciting finishes and this is in many instances totally possible with inexpensive materials like whiting which we use all the time. has anyone who has used chalk paint before tried this as a comparison? i strongly dislike dull paint finishes so would definitely be waxing any piece that i painted with chalk paint..We all love chalky paint, and of course, i still highly recommend buying annie sloan’s chalk paint, unless you are on a tight budget or just want to save some money. thanks for sharing this and the chalk paint tips with us at inspiration friday! i've used chalk paint and i do like it but i like your formula a whole like better! : ) i wondered what was in it that made it "chalk". even though the price is high you can paint a lot of pieces. i'm going to look for the calcium carbonate next time i go to town.  it is cheap and you can paint many large pieces with just one jar..I just finished painting two mirror frames with latex paint mixed with whiting powder and some small items using the plaster of paris. does adding the chalk to red paint make it pinky? it will "stick" to the surface but no lasting bond can be made and you certainly can't paint over wax and hope for it to last in the way that ascp can - actually ascp is the only paint i have found worldwide that will go over wax successfully. the only recipe i had seen was to use unsanded grout with flat paint. carbonate (also called whiting) can be found at ceramic supply stores. the paint is definitely something i will be able to make and use. i actually just had somebody mention to me the other day that i could make my own with some plaster of paris and gesso.

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i have seen a number of pieces painted with a popular chalk paint and i cannot see any difference in the appearance between those and ones painted using any of the additives i have mentioned.  i do not make any money if you buy from them; i am only passing along the resource in case you want to know. do you first mix it with water to make a paste or just mix it right into the paint? painting always seemed daunting to me-- there's the prep, the sanding, the filling, the painting, the repainting, the coating-- YIKES!.it's great, but i paid 160 euros for 2 cans of paint and 2 cans of wax. carbonate (also called whiting) can be found at ceramic supply stores. i certainly dont want to sound negative on making chalk paint ( i love the idea of it), just wondering what the cost per piece is on both paints. maybe increase the plaster of paris to make it grittier and not as paint-like? gosh i would not try the chalk paint because of the cost but this makes it reasonable. i admit i have ordered as chalk paint and have just tried it today. that’s before i discovered the wonders of chalk-like paint, the same one that sells retail for lots o’ money but can be made at home for pennies on the dollar. reading the above comments regarding pop chalk paint, i’m really feeling like a failure![…] started out with a gold frame, and using my homemade chalky paint recipe, i painted the frame a creamy […]. may i ask why you want to use the chalk(y) paint on the walls? i have wanted to use chalk paint but felto as was too expesive for my budget. i did experiment a little with cornstarch, but i think i used too much paint per the cornstarch used. reading the above comments regarding pop chalk paint, i’m really feeling like a failure! i also used 1 part mixture to 3 parts paint and kept the leftovers in a jar which i shook up before using each time. i am interested to know as i have a desk that needs to be painted. Here is the link to what I used this paint on: http://randomprojectmom. i have been wanting to give the chalk paint a try but really would like to try your rendition. am glad to know the calcium is the way to go. i paint professionally, so have a very good working knowledge of doing things the 'pros' say can't be done. i wanted a lighter shade a gray for this particular project so i did about 1:2 of pofp to paint. i’ve also used webster’s chalk paint base mixed with latex paint, but i think that it’s just calcium carbonate, too, and more expensive. can you let me know if you can write over this painting as in a chalk board? got so excited over this recipe that i headed right out to get some calcium carbonate. i wasn’t going for pristine as i was refurbishing/repainting a curbshopped demilune table.

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i was just looking at a brilliant, green chalk wall and wondering how i would ever find that paint. so much for the recipe but it has never been addressed yet if satin paint will work for this, or does it have to be flat paint? i have been curious about chalk paint but unwilling to pay the price. does one buy calcium carbonite and how much do i add to a gallon of paint? hahai have been debating which direction to go with the homemade chalk paint. i was out of chalk paint and i wasn't happy about the price! i am going to give this a try on my next paint project, this sounds like so much fun! absolutely love chalk paint: just did a post on what not to use it on, and these were only b/c of the price. had to run out all over to find the calcium, which i did. i work with chalk paint all the time, and, a tiny itty bitty bit goes a long way, justifying the cost for me. as it dried, it looked like i painted it in a sand storm and it feels like sandpaper :( any idea what i may have done wrong?  i experimented using the sample size paints and used a ratio of 2/3 paint to 1/3 product. i painted 2 battered curb rescues and did have result much like ascp but there is definitely "something" missing. i ended up making tiny batches for each coat of paint. with the pp you have to make a paste first and i was wondering if you have to do the same with the cc. thinking about painting an old laminate desk that i use as a sewing table. i used power grout mix with paint ,came out great! if you are using the calcium carbonate make sure and buy it in powder form and not tablets. i mix in two tbs water with the 1/2 cup of cc and mix that into one cup of paint.'ve been wanting to try chalk paint and now i can! i whipped up some of this with latex paint and plaster of paris last and it is brilliant! ascp is a great paint which is why i am sure other companies are working diligently to replicate it. you want to see what a miracle worker this paint is? hahai have been debating which direction to go with the homemade chalk paint. bought enamel paint with primer by mistake can i u. i tried to make chalk paint with pop and it was a disaster. for the great info on making your own chalk paint. i have a couple of pieces i plan on painting this weekend.

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16oz powder, which costs is what you need to transform a gallon into chalk paint. it works a little something like this: i painted all my kitchen cabinets with exactly 1/2 quart (not gallon) of paint. i just happened to have plaster of paris and lord knows i've got plenty of paint. use now brand calcium carbonate and i buy at heath food store. i have not done the chalk paint either and now i won't i'll use your method if i get around to it! i would be painting inside the house and am very sensitive. the paint seems so much better than another recipe for chalk paint that i found a week or so ago on another site. sherry,this post got me excited as chalk paint is not available in south africa. now i can get the same fabulous results without the price tag (or the guilt from spending way too much money on paint! i usually use a paint stirrer and mix a lot.  i think from what i have read that you can add as much or little as you want, depending on how chalky you want the paint to be. ascp colors are nice, but it’s also nice to make one’s own chalk paint in the wide variety of colors available. i just love chalk paint but it is quite expensive and i love the price of this homemade version. this paint have to be used right away or can it be stored and used at a later date?.too,works w/any color,very cheap to make & works great,way better than pl. it looks like a little sand got mixed in my paint. have made my own chalk paint with plaster of paris. someone had told me about adding gesso to paint, but not sure if it's the same chemical or not. first attempt at homemade chalky paint was just such a disaster. gesso, recipe, acrylic painting for beginners,How to use chalk paint on a dresser. milk paint is expensive but when i thought of making my own, i didn’t know how to mix a color. i made some chalk paint with p of p and it kept getting thicker and thicker on me. i have noticed that more and more people are using it to paint furniture with. i would rather buy ascp and its not so much that is expensive, i just cant find it in the states and i would end spending double the cost of the paint on shipping. use bb frosch chalk paint powder and mix it into my paint. how much paint did it take to do the vanity?  i think from what i have read that you can add as much or little as you want, depending on how chalky you want the paint to be.’ve used pop to make my chalk paint– as per sherry’s instructions and it worked for me.

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prefer the calcium carbonate to the other products just because it is easier to stir and goes on smoother. i went to walmart to buy some clearance paint and plaster of paris tonight……can’t wait to try it! i would have never had known you used your own paint. vanity looks fabulous, and most of the pieces we girls are painting don't get that much wear and tear anyway, now do they? three of the pieces had a heavy shine to the finish which i presume was wax or polyurethane and the paint went on beautifully and adhered as well as a primed or sanded piece. have never tried baking soda although you can make a paint stripper from it - not sure what it would do in paint. am about to embark on a big bedroom furniture painting expedition and wanted desperately to try chalk paint. i also used 1 part mixture to 3 parts paint and kept the leftovers in a jar which i shook up before using each time. 😉 with your homemade chalk-like paint you can makeover that old thrift store dresser, oddly colored chair, or bachelor nightstand you always hated– they sky is the limit! is a tutorial on how to make chalk paint at home for less with calcium carbonate. we were pondering whether or not to spend the big bucks on the annie sloan paint but are going to opt for this method. we recommend that you always test a small inconspicuous area before painting, antiquing, cleaning or performing any of the diy techniques. should i apply a clear poly over the chalk paint on the top? also love the idea of making your own chalk paint as the cost is so high.  the clear doesn’t add any color and the other antiquing waxes are too dark for white paint. i use sample size paints from lowes and mix in 2 tablespoons of the chalk paint powder which costs about . no one sells chalk paint in dubai and getting it shipped here is ridiculous. if i don’t buy the expensive chalk paint i can afford the good wax! so about a third of a gallon of the pofp and a gallon of paint. i’ve been looking for the chalk powder you mentioned, but am unable to locate it. painted my first small piece and all i can say is wow! whiting is in fact already in most house paints and adding more does change the look to be like chalk paint. to make chalk paint- painting on glass, metal and wood. have not made chalk paint but am going to amazon right now to get the calcium carbonate. i told him my intended use and he informed me that lately a lot of females have been asking for the calcium carbonate and buying the paint samplers. i must respectfully address paintycaits comment that no lasting bond can be created using these additives. seriously, i never even though of making my own chalk paint. i found the “recipe” for chalk paint this summer.

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first attempt at homemade chalky paint was just such a disaster. thanks for sharing the way cheaper version of sloan chalk paint. when dissolved, i add it to a cup or so of paint.! i've seen many as chalk paint projects around the blogesphere and they look great, but i couldn't justify the price. use unsanded grout (i think its two tablespoons per cup of paint) and i thought it worked great. i've been dying to try the chalk paint but just can't pull the trigger on buying it (too pricey) plus the waxes., you just blew the lid off the whole chalk paint craze! milk paint is expensive but when i thought of making my own, i didn’t know how to mix a color. this type of furniture paint requires no furniture prep, hides a multitude of painting sins, and can be customized to whatever paint color your little heart desires. adding whiting to paint made it stick better to surfaces do you not think that bher, and dulux and pratt and lambert would have done that already? i told him my intended use and he informed me that lately a lot of females have been asking for the calcium carbonate and buying the paint samplers. i haven't ever bought or used chalk paint before either.  well,  it was my first trial using the homemade chalk like paint. have not made any homemade chalk paint, and in fact am anxiously awaiting my order of ascp to give it a try.  i love the chalky appearance of the paint but the. you use regular paint or paint with primer in it? whiting to latex just makes it look similar to chalk paint. i used behr and martha stewart satin paint sample pots (around 7 oz each) and added approximately 2/3 paint to 1/4 powder and aabout a tablespoon of hot water. with the pp you have to make a paste first and i was wondering if you have to do the same with the cc. why pay the high prices when you can make it yourself! i'm not a stockist) like you i can't come off the money it cost to buy chalk paint..it doesn't matter to me one iota whether people in usa add whiting to paint or not because i am based in scotland. ascp must have some kind of additive that makes it adhere to any surface? i painted a few tables and i am so happy with the result. i’ve been wanting to make my own chalk paint because i can’t afford to keep buying quarts of it. here in the rsa, the paint that you usually use for walls, ceilings, doors etc is called “pva” in the everyday life, but i always wonder if it can also be used for making my own chalk paint, as all the recipes on the internet usually mention “latex” paint. have not made chalk paint but am going to amazon right now to get the calcium carbonate. definitely going to make up a sample to try this technique.

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picked up the bottle and read the ingredients - calcium carbonate. line marking powder is calcium carbonate, maybe that would be easier search since it’s ready to be available at hardware stores, but not named calcium carbonate, but rather line marking powder. if you mix equal parts of these together before adding the paint, it will be smooth. if i wanted to paint colored, do i had pure pigment? if i don’t buy the expensive chalk paint i can afford the good wax! i used less than a pint of paint with about a 1/4 cup of powder and some water. but i plan to make more for some up coming projects …i’m not buying the calcium carbonate…because well, i have the huge economy version of pop…and there is no need really. daughter, who is a bio-medical engineer, was just trying to convince me last week to make my own chalk paint. the paint with primer gets very thick and i don’t recommend using it when making chalk paint. i tried homemade chalk paint for the first time on a dresser that i just refurbished. will give chalk paint a try, you make it look so easy!.chalk paint has just been too expensive for me to purchase. i'll be picking up calcium carbonate for a project i'll be starting next week! so glad i don't have to buy that expensive paint and can use up what i already have. it’s a great paint, there’s entire devoted fan groups of this brand! i’ve also used webster’s chalk paint base mixed with latex paint, but i think that it’s just calcium carbonate, too, and more expensive. you just saved me from having to take out a 2nd mortgage on my home to buy chalk paint. i used gesso and paint and it was also chalky and cheap. used pop paint on an old mirror with plaster ornamentation and a sirocco shelf.  so i found the cheapest source of calcium carbonate (caco3) i could find, which in my case was amazon,  and ordered it. i haven't tried chalk paint either- and have been a bit hesitant because of the price~ how fantastic that you have found an alternative! use now brand calcium carbonate and i buy at heath food store. just wanted to let everyone know that it makes the paint smooth. i want to do an “painting after noon” with some friends this summer. i've tried the as one - a couple of colors, but i think flat paint can also give a similar look. do you first mix it with water to make a paste or just mix it right into the paint?  so i found the cheapest source of calcium carbonate (caco3) i could find, which in my case was amazon,  and ordered it. it is if you want to paint a kitchen and 4 chairs in one day and have them ready by dinnertimw.

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used pop paint on an old mirror with plaster ornamentation and a sirocco shelf. when it came time to sand the edges to make it look distressed some of the paint peeled off rather than sticking to the wood. to transform a dining room hutch using annie sloan chalk paint and two-color distressing.’ve used pop to make my chalk paint– as per sherry’s instructions and it worked for me..so i’ve tried plaster of paris, the trick is to mix it in hot water to dissolve all the particles and only mix a small bit at a time (wait till it cools before adding it to your paint)- i’d love to try caco3 and the grout idea, saw white fine grout at the local hardware shop..you rock - i have a large piece of furniture just screaming for chalk paint but it isn't sold in my area! you ever used the paint samples you can get from bm or sw? just one question that always bothers me – is there any difference between a latex paint and pva [waterbased] paint, or is it one and the same thing? i haven’t painted any furniture or anything else in quite a while. i'm not saying you can't make it look the same. have made my own chalk paint with plaster of paris. i'm another one too cheap to buy chalk paint, but the thought of no sanding has always tempted me! adding anything to paint will probably compromise its integrity as a surface coating so it will definitely need sealed. anita…i’m ready to order some calcium carbonate but wonder what exactly you ordered? have a bag of unsanded grout that i was going to try to use as in the martha stewart recipe for chalk board paint but your recipes may work better, thanks for sharing! haven’t had any issues with pop once i found out it’s best to mix it with a little water first before adding it to the paint. i mix in two tbs water with the 1/2 cup of cc and mix that into one cup of paint.  i do not make any money if you buy from them; i am only passing along the resource in case you want to know.!Hi anita, i have had good luck with the plaster but i prefer the calcium carbonate.! i have painted numerous pieces and just tonight actually, finished my tub of pop and am looking forward to trying the cc to see which i prefer. when dissolved, i add it to a cup or so of paint. i was actually looking at chaulkboard paint this weekend at home depot, this looks much more fun and cheaper. i've been wanting to try the popular chalk paint, but the price scares me away. if i wanted to paint colored, do i had pure pigment? i live close to belgium which is where the chalk paints are made & looked on their website to see what was in it & decided i'd make my own when i got to the states. have yet to try it but do plan to make some soon..I haven't used any of the popular milk or chalk type paints that are all over blogland but i have seen several pieces up close and personal. just one question, does the latex paint have to be flat or can you use a semigloss?

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i went to micheal's to look for chalk paint today and couldn't find any. ques…i was about to begin painting a mirror today with ascp…but had a battle with the piece just trying to tape off the mirror from the frame. did i do something wrong or does this just give it the look but not the durability of actual chalk paint! i have never made chalk paint or used it yet…. i tried to make chalk paint with pop and it was a disaster.’m a little late, since your replies are from 2012, but i use pop mixed with calcium carbonate and water. i have painted several pieces using each of these additives and have never sanded nor primed. are the best i could never afford to this new project without your chalk paint info .  for this i used the calcium carbonate and it worked beautifully. tried plaster of paris but did 1:1 and it came out more like suede paint texture. have yet to try it but do plan to make some soon. the asc paint has one heck of a marketing department that has convinced a ton of bloggers that they just have to use it, but i just can't get past the enormous price tag for a teeny tiny amount. we used a cheap-o brush and a grittier ratio of the paint so you can see the brush strokes here. lumpy, i did some more research and found that most bloggers recommended using calcium carbonate instead.. if you want a distressed look, use sandpaper to take off paint around edges and corners once dry. i have wanted to use chalk paint but felto as was too expesive for my budget. the pop is a good alternative but i have found calcium carbonate reaaly good to make my chalk like paint. its to buy enough powder to mix into a gallon of paint. personally, i’ve found that calcium carbonate is the best for homemade chalk paint and it’s not gritty or full of chemicals. for the great info on making your own chalk paint.  i like using the antique brown when i am waxing something painted white. have not made any homemade chalk paint, and in fact am anxiously awaiting my order of ascp to give it a try. you just have to dissolve the pop in water first then stir in your paint. frosch’s website states that (4oz) powder is enough to transform a quart of paint into chalk paint. i think the key is to mix the plaster of paris with water first…get it all dissolved, and then add that to the paint. we just bought a new home and as soon as we get moved in i’m going to make over my mom’s hutch. i added water as needed since my paint was like pancake batter. couldn't i just make sure to use a low/no voc paint and the additives for the same effect?

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