Chalk paint seems to be the pioneer in furniture painting. Before the invention of this beautiful paint, we (mostly) could not paint over previously finished wood. Heck, we could barely paint over anything without a lot of prep work.
I shared all the history about Chalk paint and chalky style paint in my post titled “how to chalk paint furniture.”
In a nutshell, Chalk paint was invented by a lady called Annie Sloan. She currently has a line of chalk paint called….can you guess? Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
The one ingredient in this paint that sets it apart from others is calcium carbonate. This ingredient is what makes it “chalky” and allows it to stick to almost anything!
Also, primer is not required when you use chalk paint as long as there won’t be any bleed through (old paint or stains that will bleed through the new paint). If you aren’t sure if it will bleed through, it’s best to use primer. I’ve learned the hard way on this.
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Where do you buy chalk paint?
If you want the “name brand” Annie Sloan chalk paint, you need to find a local antique store or boutique. Some of these boutiques and antique stores will ship.
If you would prefer to find a big box store, there are plenty of options!
Valspar chalky paint (mainly found at Lowe’s) can be tinted in 40 different colors. It also comes in a spray paint option.
KILZ also makes a good brand of chalky style paints.
DecoArt has a line of chalky style finish paints that are very affordable and can be found at Hobby Lobby.
Walmart even carries a good bit of chalky style paint.
There are a handful of other “chalky style” paints that I haven’t even mentioned. I mainly wanted to share most of the brands that you can find in stores.
How do you apply Chalk paint?
I won’t go into too much detail with this because I’ve created a post all about how to use chalk paint. I will attach my how-to video below.
Now that you’ve seen how to apply chalk paint, I’ll share a few different projects I’ve completed with it.
Annie Sloan Chalk painted furniture projects;
I gave my grandparents old kitchen table a makeover with Annie Sloan old white.
I even painted our outdoor cushions with chalk paint! And yes, if you follow a good tutorial (wink wink) they will still feel like fabric!
You can see how I gave a chalk painted dresser a colorful makeover with adhesive vinyl.
Chalky style painted furniture projects;
Your local hardware store will most likely have a line of Rust-Oleum Chalked paint. This line comes in a handful of beautiful colors.
I have used this paint for a few projects.
You can see where I gave my moms dining room table top a chalk paint makeover to withstand high traffic.
I also used this line of chalk paint with a paint sprayer to give a few thrifted cane back chairs a good makeover.
What finish or sealer do you apply to chalk paint?
There are a handful of different options for this. When Annie Sloan created chalk paint, she intended it to be finished with a wax. The wax seals and prevents the “chalky finish” from scratches and other wear and tear.
That being said, I have found that there are some better options for high traffic areas.
I’ve detailed a post about furniture wax and why and how to use it.
Furniture wax works great on pieces like dressers that don’t get a lot use.
For pieces like table tops that do need to withstand higher traffic, there are other sealers I would suggest. I wrote a whole post about how to seal painted and unpainted furniture for a hight traffic finish.
Have I covered everything?
For those of you who are beginners to the furniture painting game, I hope I’ve given you some insight about chalk paint.
Side note; I’ve also got an informational post about chalk paint vs. milk paint too. There are definitely some differences even though both are known to be “furniture paints.”
Let me know if you have any questions. I’m here to help!