I think it’s obvious that I love to paint furniture. From milk paint to acrylic paint, it seems that I’ve tried them all. One type of paint I’ve been itching to try that I haven’t yet is chalk spray paint. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this stuff, so when I was trying to figure out what medium to use to paint an old faux wood bookshelf, I decided I would give a little chalk spray paint a go! I’m going to share how to use chalk spray paint and is it worth trying with a faux wood bookcase makeover.
Let me show you a few before photos of this sad bookcase.
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I’m not a fan of painting real wood, but when it comes to painting faux wood, anything is game! Since the finish on this bookcase was a cheap faux veneer, I was more than happy to paint it!
I’m going to be honest; I’m a bit of a lazy DIYer. When it came time to paint this bookcase, I pulled out the paint can but realized I didn’t have any brushes.
Then I remembered that I had a few cans of chalky style spray paint! YES!
Since I’ve heard mixed reviews about chalky style spray paint, I decided to use it on a bookcase that I wasn’t super attached to.
This way if the end product wasn’t to my liking, it would be no big deal to refinish.
Note; if you’ve never used Chalk paint before it would be a good idea to check out my post all about it before you dive into using the spray paint.
Below is the can of paint that I used. I fell in love with grayish navy color. I felt like it would blend perfectly with the rest of my decor.
How to apply chalk spray paint:
- First, clean the surface. Wipe all surfaces down with a lint free rag
- Lightly sanded it with a fine grit sandpaper if needed (not required)
- Shake the can of spray paint to ensure that you get an even mixture
- Start spraying the surface with multiple thin coats
- I sprayed two full coats of chalk spray paint
- Make sure both coats are completely dry
- Finish it with a chalk wax or a clear coat. My personal choice is Minwax Polycrylic water based in Satin top coat.
You can use a furniture wax, but I have found that the furniture wax does not hold up as well to continued use with lots of little hands (my kids) touching it.
I love this stuff and I’ve even written a post detailing how I used it to seal furniture for a high traffic use.
And that’s it!
For those of you that prefer a video, check out my YouTube video all about how to use Chalk Spray Paint below:
A few things to note when using spray chalk paint versus the real chalk paint.
- Regular chalk paint does not have an odor and is safe to use inside. The spray chalk paint, however, needs to be used in a well ventilated outdoor area. Like any spray paint, it has a very strong odor and is quite toxic.
- Most of the spray chalk paint I’ve seen runs at least $5 per can. If you are planning on painting a lot of furniture, it would be more cost effective to buy regular chalk paint and not the spray can form of chalk paint.
- I do love not having to worry about using or cleaning paint brushes!
- Spraying the finish on was much quicker than painting it on!
- I think the spray chalk paint did create a little smoother finish than if I had painted chalk paint on to the bookcase.
- The spray paint did not seem as thick as the regular chalk paint. I do worry that this means that the paint will chip more easily. Time will tell.
Bottom line; The spray chalk paint was a quicker, maybe even a little smoother, method in comparison to using a regular old paint brush and can. The spray chalk paint is, however, more costly.
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I’m always amazed by the power of paint.