INSIDE : Learn how to create a gorgeous texture and matte paint look with this trendy Baking Soda and Paint technique. It’s extremely easy and really is so addictive, no old vase or jar will be safe in your home again!
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This post has been updated from it’s original October 2020 publish date.
It seems like everywhere I look on Instagram, I am seeing people trying this baking soda and acrylic paint technique. I decided to give it a try and wow – it is so addictive! I completely see why people are so excited about it.
What supplies do I need to try the Baking Soda Paint hack?
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What does Baking Soda do to paint?
Both baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents that cause batters to rise when baked. However when a recipe contains both baking powder and baking soda, it is the baking powder does most of the rising.
So, when baking soda is combined with paint it immediately creates a really cool reaction. Your paint starts to rise and fluff up and becomes more textured than it was before. The more baking powder you use, the more fluffy your paint becomes.
How to do the Baking Soda Paint trend?
Baking Soda paint is so easy to create. You simply start by mixing your acrylic paint and the baking soda in a cup or in my case on a paper plate.
The result will make a very thick textured paint mixture, as you can see below.
Next, begin to apply the baking soda and paint mixture to your vase. I did one coat and about 15 minutes later did a second coat. I noticed this paint dried very quickly.
Once your vase has completely dried, you can put it out on display in your home! I put mine on my new Arch Accent Wall.
How to make Chalk Paint with Baking Soda-
For Chalk Paint you will typically use baking soda and acrylic paint, instead of small tubes of acrylic paint – but otherwise it is the same exact process.
Mix one part baking soda with two parts latex paint. After your paint is mixed, add in 3 tbs of cold water. Mix until they create a thin, non-grainy texture. And paint away!
Create even more texture with baking soda on paint
Add even more texture to your glassware by doing second or third coats on only a portion of your glass. You can see below the smaller maroon colored jar has more texture on the top portion. That’s due to painting one or two coats smoothly on the bottom and then adding three or four coats in a more thick organic pattern on the top.
- 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda
- 1 cup of Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
- Old Vase or Glass Jar
- Paper Plate or plastic cup
- Mix the acrylic paint and the baking soda in a cup or on a paper plate.
- Next, start to apply the baking soda and paint mixture to your vase. This mixture dries very quickly.
- About 15 minutes later, apply a second coat for full coverage.
- Once the vase has completely dried, put it out on display in your home!
-If paint doesn't appear to have much texture, add more baking soda.
Can I use Baking Powder and Acrylic Paint?
Yes, you sure can use baking powder and paint! The ingredient list and steps are exactly the same as above – except you will substitute Baking Powder for Baking Soda.
Cornstarch to Flatten Paint
Another cool paint trick is adding cornstarch to flatten paint. When cooking, cornstarch acts as a thickening agent and is often used in soups, stews and even gravies. When adding cornstarch to paint, it can change the texture and consistency, which basically flattens the paint’s look.
Baking Soda Paint and Acrylic Paint
Baking soda paint creates such a beautiful matte finish and with so much texture. You will immediately start looking around your home for the next thing you can paint.
My friend from Idle Hands Awake just made a stunning DIY Pedestal Advent Wreath using this technique and I’m obsessed.
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