I’ve always wanted to try a homemade chalk paint recipe and have seen a ton of them on Pinterest. Unfortunately, most of them contained crushed chalk, grout, or some other type of ingredient that I don’t normally have on hand. Then, I came across baking soda chalk paint! I can’t tell you how excited I was to find it…I actually jumped for joy a little inside.
Why would a chalk paint recipe make me so excited? Well, for starters chalk paint can be expensive at $9 for an 80z. bottle or in the double digits for some awesome Annie Sloan paint. Plus, I’ve always wanted to do a project using homemade chalk paint, but really didn’t want to spend money on buying an ingredient that I may never use again. Since I always have baking soda and paint, I knew I could do a project with this homemade paint at virtually no additional cost. That’s my kind of project!
Anyway, after my initial excitement, I immediately ran to the garage and picked out three glass bottles, made some chalk paint, and started painting. Guess what? I LOVED how they turned out! Not to mention, I really didn’t spend any additional money on making these jars because I already had all the supplies on hand! Can I get a woot-woot?!
Homemade Chalk Recipe Jars
- Baking Soda
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint brush
- Fine grit sandpaper
- glass jars
- fabric scraps
- glue gun
Chalk Paint Recipe
- 1/2 cup paint
- 1/4 cup baking soda
I did not make this entire recipe and really just eyeballed the consistency of my paint. I probably only used four tablespoons of paint and added in the baking soda until I had a creamy/gritty textured paint – the consistency of tooth paste. This worked out well, as the paint will not keep and will begin to harden – best to make in small batches.
Tip: Remove as much of the label as possible and place the jars in a large Ziplock bag with a little Ammonia in it. Let it sit overnight. Take the jars out and scrub off as much of the label glue as possible and use pure acetone (nail polish remover) to remove any leftover residue. You can also just try using acetone to remove the glue by soaking cotton balls and placing them on the glue residue and scrubbing off. Mix together the chalk paint and apply to the outside of the jars. Try to keep brush strokes going in one direction. After painting, let the jars completely dry before sanding.
I only did one coat and you can see from the pictures that it isn’t perfectly even. However, I was fine with it because I planned to distress the jars and did not need a perfect finish. Take a small 2″x 3″ cut piece of sand paper and lightly sand the bottle. Try not to press too hard or you may remove too much paint. It’s best to do small layers at a time until you reach your desired look.
Tip: keep the sand paper as flat as possible (don’t make any bends in the paper). Any hard edge of the paper that scraps against the bottle can remove too much paint. Try to do the sanding outside or wear a mask as this does create a lot of dust. If your bottles are a completely blank, you can skip the next step and just display them. However, my jars had the brand on the bottle, so I opted to cover the top and bottom of the bottle with scraps of painter’s cloth left from a previous project. To keep the strips manageable, cut each piece 21″ long x 7/16″ wide. You will need three strips for the top and three for the bottom = 6 strips for each bottle.
Start by placing a small dab of glue at the top of the bottle and press the end of the one of the strips into it. Wrap the strip around the bottle, overlapping the strips as you work your way down the bottle. Make sure to periodically glue down the strip at 1/2″ or 1″ intervals.
By adding some Fall foliage, Dollar Tree pumpkin ornaments, and pine cones from our neighborhood, I was able to create a nice Thanksgiving vignette. Not too bad for a project that can be done using recycled glass jars, homemade chalk paint, and some leftover fabric. What do you think? Will you give baking soda chalk paint a try?
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