How to Make Furniture Rescue Paint

Furniture Rescue Paint DIY Chalk Paint Recipe for Furniture Paint


There are lots of recipes out there in the blogosphere. I’ll just add mine to the mix. (Get it, mix…) I have used this for years, and it has served me well. Customers have come back years after I painted furniture for them and consistently say that it’s holding up well. I have detailed making a quart, but will add amounts for a gallon at the end - the process is the same.

Here’s what you need:

1 Qt. Behr Premium Plus Ultra

behr ppu gal

¾ cup Plaster of Paris

plaster of paris

½ cup of cold water


Disposable plastic bottle with screw on lid - the wider the mouth the better.

gatorade bottle

Here’s what you do:

  • Remove about a cup of paint from the quart. If you store this extra it in a disposable plastic container, you can add it back later. The reason for removing a cup of paint is to make plenty of room for the plaster of paris and water mixture and still leave room to shake the can later.
  • .Add ½ cup of cold water to the container.
  • Add ¾ cup of plaster of paris to the water in the container. Use a plastic funnel if necessary
  • Screw on the bottle lid very tightly
  • Shake, then keep shaking. This is the most important step. The plaster of paris needs to be completely dissolved, not just suspended. Wait at least 5 minutes from the time you add the plaster to the water, and shaking often. (Did I say keep shaking?)
  • Add the dissolved plaster of paris to the quart can of paint.
  • Recap the disposable plastic bottle and throw it in the trash. Do not rinse the contents down the drain and do not put it in the recycling.
  • Replace the top onto the quart can of paint and shake well. Let the can sit for a bit after you shake to reduce the amount of paint on the underside of the lid.
  • When you open the can, stir well with a stir stick. After subsequent uses, you should stir the paint rather than shake it. This reduces the build up on the top and saves paint.

Modification for a gallon Buy a gallon of paint Remove three cups of paint Add 2 cups of cold water to the water bottle Add 3 cups of plaster of paris