There are many tutorials on Pinterest or Google for how to make your own chalk paint. Some recipes differ. I chose to make mine as described on the Lowes website.
What you'll need:
1) Measuring cup
2) 1/3 cup Plaster of Paris
3) 1/3 cup water (some say warm, some say cool) I used cool
4) 1 cup latex paint
5) Stir stick or something cool like a plastic knife leftover from a Frozen party :)
I read many tutorials on how to make chalk paint. Most seemed to use Plaster of Paris, which I already had so I went that route. The sample paint at Lowes is exactly a cup so perfect for small projects like this!
Mix 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of water. Stir until smooth. Mix in 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly.
Chalk paint is not reuseable and you cannot store it, so be sure you have the time to apply 2 coats plus dry time. You'll need to use this all in one setting. My chalk paint was a tad bit gritty and from what I've read that's pretty normal with homemade chalk paint.
I applied my first coat of paint. I was glad to see it adhere nicely, even though I never sanded my piece.
I waited for it to dry and then applied my second coat of chalk paint.
Very nice coverage. When my second coat was completely dry I used 400 grit sandpaper on the nightstand and drawer to make sure I had a very smooth finish. This step didn't take long at all and I was very happy with the results.
You can stop here and apply your clear wax if you want. I wanted this particular piece to look distressed and aged. I will be posting a complete tutorial on how I completed this piece pretty soon....
I am very happy with my homemade chalk paint results and will be using this method in the future with other pieces.