Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs. Homemade Chalk Paint

We have so many projects to share with you in 2012.  I am so excited.  I have also decided that in
my busy, and hectic life its time to get fit and healthy too.  After our 1st holiday season of owning a store, and keeping up with kids I was worn out!!  I have been on the go alot, and thus started eating more and more fast food and Holiday Goodies which added on some extra pounds I didnt need.  So...
I decided to take the 90 day body by Vi challenge.  I am saying it out loud so I have to stick to it!!
I have learned that resolutions don't work for me so its a plan layed out in 90 days.!!  Wish me luck and if anyone else would like to join me visit HERE.  

Now on to one of my favorite redo's i have ever done. 
Sorry the pictures just don't do this one justice.  I am having camera issues.

Black & Modern to Cool & Rustic

My good friend from grade school came into the store and  bought this black cabinet.
It was the perfect size, but the wrong color.  She also wanted it to look rustic.  
She also needed it in a week for a new years eve party!!  I was ready for the challenge

Sorry about my pics.  My camera is on its last leg.  
My friend sent these below after they
displayed all of their cool fireman memorabilia on it.

I first painted the black cabinet with a cream color of homemade chalk paint.
I had a mistint that I got at ACE for $4

Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe
1.5 cups paint
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup plaster of paris

To my surprise...I have to say that I don't notice any difference 
between my homemade chalk paint and Annie Sloan. 
I have gone through several quarts of ASCP.  I was very reluctant to even try, because her chalk paint is
soo awesome I didn't think that it could be replicated, but it can.  I love all of her colors, but love having more choices with the homemade variety like Chocolate Brown. 
I then made some chocolate brown Chalk Paint from some Ralph Lauren Paint I already had.
I painted it all chocolate then distressed with mouse sander.  
It goes on a little less smooth than Annie Sloan, but that is because of some of the slight coarseness of the
plaster of paris.  I had intended on buying some calcium carbonate from the health store, but never made it and was in home depot so convenience won out.
  I sanded and distressed the entire piece which eliminated any grit so it also sands just like the real thing too.  
I then put Annie Sloan Dark Wax all over.  Annie Sloan wax CANNOT be
replicated and I HIGHLY recommend.  The finish can not be beat, and its 

I changed out the hardware for some rustic copper pulls.  
The ones on the cabinet were just standard wooded knobs.


  1. I'm so glad to hear this about the homemade chalk paint! And the piece turned out so beautiful!

  2. GORGEOUS! And I will definitely be using your recipe for chalk paint :) Thanks for sharing it!!

  3. Trying the homemade chalk paint is on my 'to do' list and I'm so glad to hear you say flat out that you see no difference! Great job on the cabinet -- and yes, agree -- can't beat A.S. wax!

  4. So glad to hear the homemade chalk paint is worth a try. I love the effect you achieved with the cream and brown layers.

  5. this is the same recipe I just used for a dining set!!!
    woooo hoooo!!!!

  6. I also have used your same recipe for DIY Chalk paint. It doesn't go on quite as smoothly, so I have started adding a tablespoon or two of glaze to extend the drying time a little. Try it and see if you like the difference.

  7. Do you use flat paint?

  8. Hello Amy and Emily,

    Your piece turned out lovely and I am sure you friend is very happy with the makeover.

    Well done...however I must differ with you on one important point when it comes to comparing DIY CP and ASCP. are able to create a chalky paint... but please keep in mind that you are not duplicating Annie's paint. Annie's paint has no latex and has almost undetectable VOC's...DIY chalk paint still has latex. So for those of us DIY's who want to keep the environment healthy for our children, that is something to consider. Also aside from Brown (for now) a simple knowledge of the color wheel is all you need to create incredible variations of colors with Annie's paints.

    I have no problem with people getting creative and finding innovative painting techniques. Heck, I love having many weapons in my painting arsenal, but it needs to be noted that you are creating a new product to suit your needs and not duplicating the real deal. Any chemist will tell you that.

    I must tell you ladies, I loved you numbered table!

    Have a great weekend,
    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

    PS...Yes...I am an Annie Sloan stockist, but I was using her paints way before I started selling them. And you are so right about her wax...buttery divineness!

  9. I have used both AS and home made chalk paint and have not seen a difference in my end product. I gave my Mom the recipe and she was so excited. And because she doesnt need latex free and because she can now afford to buy chalk paint and have pretty furniture on a fixed income I will let her believe that it is "exactly" like AS.
    The excitement if other postts was damped just a tad. Although I am an AS fan, I am a bigger fan of saving money and will continue to use my homemade chalk paint..replica or not.

  10. Question re the homemade chalk paint.... You can use calcium carbonate instead of plaster of paris? What else can you use aside from plaster of paris; saw one review which said the plaster paris dried up too fast. I, too, will try the home made variety. I just think $35 plus is way too much for a quart of paint. If you have to pay it, then do it. I will try your home made chalk paint on a small chair, maybe buy a sample of annie sloan and compare. I am hoping the home made is comparable. Thanks so much for the tip. Most people use latex paint on their walls, so rarely is it a question of being allergic to latex. And if you are not allergic or do not mind latex paint (I used to be a fine artist and used oil paint, lead oil paint, etc.), why pay more?

  11. I used unsanded grout which has worked really well. 2 tablespoons of grout to a cup of paint. Its super thick but brushes out well and doesn't dry too fast. I'm painting over waxed wood so I'm interested to see how well it will last, but it seems to have taken ok so far.

  12. I started mKin my own chalk paint for several reasons..I wasn't getting the coverage that others claim to get. When I posted on ASCP Facebook I was told to prime my piece because some pieces are just stubborn. Huh? The appeal is that I shouldn't have to prime. Ok. I primed with the clear laquer they suggested and...still didn't have the coverage they claim. Also, on a separate piece of furniture the paint cracked off as it was drying. I posted on their Facebook page and the response was "...NEVER had anyone report anything like this..." Within a day a good dozen responded they were having the same issue. The new response was, ...people in the US use pledge and that's what's causing it." when I responded that I never use pledge and the piece had been sitting in my garage for 5 years and I had cleaned it with tsp beforehand the response came back that it must have been pledged before that! Lol! . Also, the no latex claim is silly since latex paint t doesn't contain latex. You read that right...latex paint does not contain latex. It's an old name from days gone by. Once upon a time it did...but not anymore. So when all these stockiest keep screaming that their paint is latex free it is of no consequence. Latex paint is also latex the way, my homemade paint performs as well as the ASCP and sometimes it has great coverage and other times I have to work a little harder. Exactly like the ASCP.

  13. I have just found recipes using acrylic gesso artists use to prime their canvasses half gesso, half latex paint and thicken to appropriate consistency with water... no grit whatsoever, smooth. Probably more pricey than Plaster of Paris recipe as gesso is $8 a pint. But cheaper than Annie Sloane. I love the AS paints and just bought more but I will try the gesso version if I need a color I don't have. Thanks for your recipe. I will file that one away.

  14. $140 for a gallon of ASCP. Insane people! You can make your own for about $4 per quart. Is it exactly the same? No, but damm close. Spread
    The word on the DIY paint, and watch watch the price of ASCP adjust to the market.

    Latex killing our planet and children, really Janet? Come on

  15. Hi,
    I just have a question that maybe you can help with. I did try the recipe for the homemade chalk paint and for some reason my issue was that the paint came out very thick and "grouty" I could see the little granules. Any tips how to avoid that? I have used my Annie paints and I love them, but would not mind a cheaper alternative.
    Any tips are greatly appreciated!

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  28. This piece is beautiful. I'm wanting to paint a bed to look just like this! you only used paint and no stain? did you paint the brown on thick-as in only one coat? and how did you make it look stained with darker and lighter parts? does that just happen with the sanding? thanks

  29. I love the recipe. I would add that you CAN make your own wax to replace the Annie Sloan Dark Wax. Go to the paint store (Kelly Moore for example) and get pigment samples in assorted colors of PURE pigments. Then, select the DARK pigment (or any shade) that you want for your 'dark wax' substitute. Then, buy a can of regular old floor wax, and spoon out as much as you will use for the project, and mix with the dark pigment. I also use this recipe with LIGHT pigments to add texture.

  30. Love your blog, but please, re: my last comment above, I disagree with this statement: "Annie Sloan wax CANNOT be replicated and I HIGHLY recommend. The finish can not be beat, and its worth EVERY PENNY!!" Try making your own with test strips. You will love making your own dark wax, and Annie Sloan, God bless her, is over priced and a waste of hard earned money.


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