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How to Make Your Own Chalk Paint

We know you love working with chalk paint but would like to custom create colors and quantities. Now you can with Olde Century Colors Chalk Powder, a commercial-grade calcium carbonate product that comes in a one pound bag (which goes a long way!). This eco-friendly product lets you custom mix the amount of chalk paint you need when you need it.

Our Chalk Powder can be made into a water slurry or used straight from the bag. Combine one part water to two parts Chalk Powder, then add this mixture to any of our acrylic or simulated milk paints (as well as any other water-based paint) to create chalk paint that brushes on with ease, then dries to a hard finish that doesn't require a top coat.

Fast, easy, simple. No rocket science here. We like that and so will you.

Crackle Medium Instructions

Crackle is a medium that has a mind of its own at times, so you need to keep this in mind when working with it. Two very important things to remember:

  1. This is only used with a water based paint.
  2. Never over-brush when applying a top coat of paint.

Your base can be almost any surface - stained, painted, or raw wood. Make sure this surface is clean before applying the crackle medium. A thin coat will result in thin cracks, a heavier coat of Crackle Medium will result in larger cracks. (If puddling occurs as it dries, use a scrunched up plastic [Saran Wrap® or plastic bag] or a brush to pat out the puddles). You can also re-wet the medium if you don't like the looks of it, then allow to re-dry.

We also suggest using a bristle brush to apply the medium. Your top coat will also follow the brush strokes in the cracking process, so if you want random cracking you can cross brush, more uniform cracking will appear if you use even stroking (one direction). Allow the crackle to dry at least two to three hours before applying the top coat of color.


Apply the top coat of color (water base only) in even strokes and avoid over brushing. Cracking begins almost immediately. The top color can also be applied by spraying if an exceptionally large area needs to be covered.

The Crackle Medium can also be thinned with distilled water to make a thinner crack. We recommend one (1) to two (2) tablespoons of water to a cup, using a wire whisk to mix it up well.

After the top coat is dry, you can then apply Antiquing Glaze or our Clear Gel Varnish for more durability.

If you have never used Crackle Medium before, it is a good idea to do a practice piece and get the feel of the medium. Clean up with soap and water.

The example at the left is made up of Quaker Green and Linen White paints with a crackled finish.

Antiquing Tips and How-to

Antiquing can transform either a new or old piece of furniture with the right techniques and a little effort on your part.

When antiquing your piece, it is not necessary to strive for perfection. Your aim is to create an old or aged look. You may want to add some distressing marks to the piece, such as creating dents with a hammer, roll a large nail over the surface to create smaller dents, a piece of chain or anything that will make marks that indicate use over the years. You can make worm holes with an ice pick or nail at random.

You may also stain a new piece of furniture to give the wood color before applying your base coat of paint. When sanding off a finish, you will not go down to bare wood, there will be some color there.

To make worn areas, you can sand until you come down to the stained wood or original finish, if you have two coats of paint on, you can just bring up the first coat of color in your sanding. You can also take some paint remover and dribble over the piece in different areas, wipe off, and it will also make a distressed area. A light sanding can make a huge difference in the finish also.


  1. You start with a base coat of paint (your preference of color) that is allowed to dry and if a second color is desired, apply at this time. Distressing can be done when this coat is dry (distressing can also be done, such as dents, nail holes, etc., before painting)
  2. Apply a transparent glaze (stain, antiquing medium, or paint thinned down) wipe off to achieve an aged appearance. A good bristle brush is an excellent tool for moving the glaze around on the surface, also keep a clean cloth available to wipe the brush bristles clean. You can also make a "fly speck" effect by dipping an old toothbrush into a thinned stain or antiquing medium and running your thumb over the bristles to spatter the spots on your finished piece.

It is always good to do a practice piece first to get the "feel" for the finished piece.

This is an oil-based product. Mineral spirits must be used as a thinner and for clean-up.

The example at the right is made up of Cranberry and Black paints with an antiqued finish.

Tips for different looks on your furniture

A washed look (thin film of color)
This technique can be used with either the Acrylic Or Simulated Milk Paint.
Take a Sea Sponge and cut in half to get a flat side on the sponge, wet sponge and wring out excess water, then dip into paint and wipe out on surface until desired effect and color is achieved. (THIS SHOULD BE DONE ON RAW WOOD)

Double color
By using same effect as above after paint has dried, go over the base color with another color in areas that you want to add a second color to. By using less paint in the sponge you can do a blending effect as you wipe on the color.

Double color with sanded edges
Same as above only sand off edges to get to bare wood.

Opaque finish
Two methods of this look is to Base Coat w/color of choice. Let Dry and then apply 2nd color and wipe out with a cloth while still wet to bring first color out. Second choice is to use a “Dry Brush effect” on top of Base color. Dip your brush into second color choice and tap out on cloth or paper towel leaving small amount of color on brush tips and then stroke this across the surface in areas of your choice to make it look like a second color is bleeding through (if you do not like what you see, keep a wet cloth handy to wipe off and start over).
You can also sand off edges on the project as well before applying a finish coat.

Last step
Is usually an Antiquing Liquid that is wiped on and *immediately *wiped off to leave a slight film to make the piece look “Aged” this takes a bit of practice, but can achieve the look of old on your finished piece.
Final step if you want more protection is to apply a coat of our Clear Gel Varnish or a Paste Wax Finish for more durability.
You can always dress up your piece by adding a Stenciled design or a Free hand design if you are good with a Paint brush, you can make every piece an individual piece of art with all the items available on the market today.


For full description, larger pictures,and paint colors, click on the photos.

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