How To Make Homemade Chalk Paint + Our $48 Goodwill Sleigh Bed


See the finished guest bedroom pictures over HERE.

Have I told you lately I love me some thrifting? 


Good gracious, I do.


A few weeks ago I went to Goodwill with my daughter and was so proud that I managed to make it out the door without a single thing.





I glanced out of the corner of my eye and saw a sleigh bed headboard and footboard for $48.


Forty. Eight. Dollars.


***Did you hear me?***


(Guest bedroom before – yikes! I bought that comforter in a pinch before we sold our last house because I just needed something, but have absolutely hated it from the minute I bought it. Bleck!)


Needless to say I made a beeline for a tape measure to see if it would fit the queen bed that we have in our guest bedroom. And sure enough, it did.




It's only a few years old (I found a sticker with a 2009 date on it underneath), but was pretty seriously beat up. While I would love to have kept it stained, there were a few parts in it in horrible shape and it would have taken a lot of work to refinish, so I decided to try making my own chalk paint.


Now, I've shared before how I've purchased Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for projects (check out this one too), however that stuff is not cheap (about $34 per quart + the wax you'll need to have), so my daughter and I made a trip to Home Depot to see what we could find.


As luck would have it, my oh-so-wise-she's-her-momma's-favorite-this-week- girl found a mismatched paint sample for 50¢ that was exactly the color I was hoping to use. So for a whopping 50¢, I had everything I needed to tackle the job.




Here's what we used:

  • 1/3 cup plaster of Paris (found in the paint department – we had some in our paint supplies but it costs around $5)
  • 1/3 cup cool water
  • 1 cup latex paint
  • paste wax (you can also find this in the paint department – I had some left over from my last chalk paint project so I just used that)
  • stir sticks
  • measuring cups (don't use them again for food – we measured everything out in paper cups to not ruin our measuring cups!)
  • plastic bucket for mixing


How to Make Chalk Paint (find more detailed instructions here)

  • Mix together 1/3 cup cool water and 1/3 cup plaster of Paris in small bucket
  • Add in 1 cup latex paint and stir completely.
  • After paint has dried on your project, rub paste wax into wood to finish the project


I spent all weekend painting last week, and have a whole new room to show for it now. I'll share the complete room with you next week (every single thing in it is thrifted except the bedding), so be sure to stop back by!


See the entire room updates over HERE!


Looking for more projects like this one? Here are a few of my favorites . . . 

I'd love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)


See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!


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  1. It does not matter how many times I try this, or how I approach it, my chalk paint always has tiny (salt sized) beads in it. I even run the Plaster of Paris through a sifter, and stir like crazy. I have tried this at least a dozen times with different paints. You cannot see the beads until the paint dries, and it will have a rough texture.
    I am not sure why this happens, anyone ever have this problem?

    • I have spent hours on Pintrest to try to figure why my chalk paint is full of tiny grains of plaster of paris. I have had the same bad luck as you. I have used different brands of p-o-p, I have shifted it in a flour shifter as well, to no do the same thing. It looks smooth until I paint. I thought I was the only one out there having this problem. What have you found out to fix this problem?

  2. Great find on the bed! It is beautiful. (I might splurge for the real chalk paint if I had found such a great deal!) 🙂


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