DIY Homemade Chalk-Based Paint + Project {The Happy Housie}

Homemade Chalk-Based Paint Recipe and Project with Krista from The Happy Housie ~ Hello readers of the The DIY Dreamer!! I am SO excited to be here today to share a fun DIY Homemade Chalk-based Painting Project with you. My name is Krista and I spend most of my bloggy time over at The Happy Housie. I called my blog this because I must admit to you that I am a bit of a “housie”… (think foodie but for houses). I love all things related to houses: decorating, DIY, organizing, crafting, gardening, and more. I love sharing projects and ideas, and especially love finding old pieces and fixing them up to make them vibrant and beautiful again. Today’s paint story is one of those pieces.

DIY Homemade Chalk-based Paint free mint chair revamp

This chair was free!! I was literally driving down the road and saw it out on the curb with this sign:

DIY Homemade Chalk-based Painted free chair in mint

Score! What fabulous lines!! I was super excited…

First I gave it a good cleaning and sanded it down to get off some of the chippy paint and grime. Even though it already had that ‘distressed’ look it was a little too rough and distressed for me. So I mixed up some DIY homemade chalk-based paint.

Homemade Chalk-Based Paint

DIY Chalk-based Paint Recipe

I gave it three coats of mint green chalk-based paint (colour: Fresh Mint by Benjamin Moore) letting it dry thoroughly between each coat. Chalk paint is perfect for projects where you want to distress your piece because it sands off really nicely and it doesn’t require priming before – so you can reveal some of the original wood or color rather than revealing a coat of white primer.

Here it is, ready to paint…

DIY Homemade Chalk-based Painted free chair before painting

And three quick coats later it is dry… ready to be sanded smooth and distressed (or re-distressed)…

DIY Chalk-based Painted free chair painted mint and distressed

DIY Chalk-based Painted free chair painted mint distressed top at thehappyhousie

I am really thrilled with the results… I love the freshness of the mint green – it is almost white but not quite.

DIY Chalk-based Paint free mint chair in entry

It has found a home in our entry hall (for now, things change a lot around here)…

DIY Chalk-based Paint free mint chair entry at thehappyhousie

DIY Chalk-based Paint free mint chair legs

DIY Chalk-based Paint free mint chair

I love the way it works with the whites and blues in this space… I think there are even some hints of that minty green in the little maps framed on the entry hall gallery wall.

mint chair in entry hall

Have you tried using chalk-based paint? DIY or homemade? Or ASCP? What experiences have you had with it?

Thank you again to Christine for having me here today! I am so thrilled and honoured to get to share with all you readers of the DIY Dreamer. I would love if you want to visit me at The Happy Housie and check out some of my other spaces and projects like our house tour, DIY One-Piece Envelope Pillows, or a DIY Ombre Pallet Sign…

entry hall welcome front door at thehappyhousiesuper crazy easy fast ten minute one piece envelope pillow covers on chair at thehappyhousiereverse lettered ombre pallet wood sign at thehappyhousie

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Thanks for reading! And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.



  1. says

    A free chair: oh! yes, this is the kind of projects that I love even more Krista
    :-) you did a beautiful job transforming it with your chalk paint recipe and how you distressed it after too! :-) I love how it looks in your entrance and how you styled your entrance as well :-)

  2. Pamela Allen says

    Did you have to make a new batch of paint for each coat? Plaster of Paris dries really fast is the reason I ask.

  3. says

    This is great…and even better when it’s free right? I have used ASCP and loved it, am so curious to try a homemade version, only because the colors would be endless possibilities!! I have to try and compare, have you tried ASCP yet?

  4. says

    Love the entire space, and the light mint works so well! Where do you get your design inspiration? Stopping by from the tell me more hop!
    xo, Hima

  5. says

    I have used chalk paint a few times and I absolutely love it. Both ASCP and mixed my own (I painted my fridge with my own to match the colors in my house). Chalk paint is so forgiving and you can do just about anything.

    I love the mint of your chair. It’s so relaxing; makes you just want to breathe in deeply. LOL. Love it.

  6. Tori says

    Turned out so cute! I was looking for a great paint chalk recipe! Thanks for sharing it over at Tell Me Tuesday. It was featured!

  7. says

    This is really cute! So…question on the chalk paint: When I think of it, I think of chalkBOARD…so can I run my fingernails down it without freaking out or is it that texture like a chalkboard? Anyway, gorgeous color! Thanks for linking up with Make Bake Create!

  8. says

    Beautiful upcycle!!! and I’ve been wanting to know how to make chalk paint, so cool – I’ve a few wooden project in our garage I’ll need to try this out on, thanks! :)

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