Do you love the look of black chalk paint? I do. You may have seen black chalk paint on Pinterest or Instagram but did you know how to make it yourself? Let me show you the easy way!
Have you ever wanted to create a beautiful antique look on your furniture, but didn’t want to spend the money on expensive chalk paint? Well, guess what – you can make your own black chalk paint for a fraction of the price! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make black chalk paint using my simple Paint Powder recipe So get ready to give your furniture a brand new look!
What you’ll need To Make Chalk-Paint
- Paint Powder by Amy Sadler Designs
- Any brand of latex paint
- It can be a sample or a gallon (you control the amount of paint powder) of any brand of latex paint that your prefer
- Any color including black and darker colors
- A few tablespoons of water
- A paint stick for mixing
My Favorite Black Paint Colors
Here are a few of my favorite black paints.
- Tricorn Black (True Black by Sherwin Williams)
- After Hours (Soft, charcoal black by BackDrop Paint Co.)
- Dark Arts (Pure Black, by BackDrop Paint Co.)
- McQueen (Inky Black with a hint of purple)
- Black Emerald (Dark Black with a green hint, Sherwin Williams)
- Black Knight (Dark Black with a green hint, Benjamin Moore)
- Blackboard (True Black by Joanna Gaines Magnolia)
Below is a digital picture from the Colorsnap app from Sherwin Williams with six of their black paint colors. I use the app often for my clients and myself when I want to look at and share paint colors.
The Process of Making Chalk Paint
Once you’ve chosen the paint color you want to use, do the following steps.
- Mix 4 to 5 tablespoons (You can use more but I wouldn’t use less. If you like thicker chalk paint use more) in water. Just enough water to make it liquid. The more water you use could water down the paint mixture and you want all the benefits of a thicker chalk paint.
- Pour your liquid mix into a quart of the latex paint you have chosen.
- Stir it well until you don’t see white anymore.
- It’s ready to use immediately.
- Keep it in an airtight container when not in use.
Tips and Tricks For Using Chalk Paint
- Always clean whatever you are painting with either Krud Kutter Deglosser or with warm water and a good quality dish soap. I prefer Dawn. Even chalk paint won’t stick to grease and grime or surface oils.
- Sand if there are rough patches or splinters. I know it’s not fun but it will show flaws.
- Use a good quality chalk paint brush like my Paint Pixie #12 or #8 are my favorites. The bristles are denser and hold the thick paint better than latex brushes.
- Distress with water and a scotch pad rather than sanding. It’s less messy and chalk paint is easy to water distress.
- Use paint transfers or any other type of embellishment before you wax. Wax will hurt the transfer or glue’s chance of adhering properly to the surface.
- Sealing chalk paint is important. You can use wax or clear latex sealer but if you want the finish to last you should seal it.
Where to buy Ready made black chalk paint
If you aren’t interested in making your own black chalk paint, you can buy it from local stores and online. Most flea markets have many brands of paints for furniture and boutiques sell furniture paint sometimes too. Of Course, Walmart and Home Depot have chalk paint as well.
If I don’t make my own chalk paint, my favorite paint is Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint. She has a dark grey color called A Good Man is Hard to Find and one that’s just Black. Both are great!
I can’t wait to see how your furniture pieces come out! Please come back and share them with me!