How to Chalk Paint Furniture with a Video Tutorial

Chalk paint; you have changed the furniture painting game. Let’s be real, you’ve changed the painting game in general! I’m so excited to share HOW I create that chalky paint finish and all the things I know about chalk paint. Whether you’re new to the chalk paint game or a seasoned DIY’er, I hope you will gain a little insight and knowledge with how to chalk paint furniture. 

how to chalk paint furniture

Chalk paint is best described (and invented) by Annie Sloan as velvety and ultra matte in finish. She created this versatile paint to use on furniture without sanding and to create a number of different paint techniques.

Since then, there have been numerous businesses that have created their own “chalky style” paint.

What is chalk paint:

  • Chalk paint is {mostly} made of latex paint, calcium carbonate and water. The calcium is what makes gives it the chalky finish.
  • One of chalk paints biggest draws is that it does not require a primer because it will stick to almost any wood finish. In the furniture refinishing business this was huge. You could paint over polyurethane, wax, even glue and it would stick! Gone were the days of Stripping paint and sealer off of furniture.
  • Chalk paint distresses easily with a little sand paper. It comes off in a fine powder, which also makes it very forgiving.

Speaking of numerous companies that have created their own chalk style paint; in my experience every different style of chalk paint is completely different from the next.

Chalk paint has “self leveling properties.” This is what I love so much about it! After only a few coats it looks smooth and finished!

That being said, different types of chalky paint have varying degrees of “self leveling.”

Speaking of different types of chalk paint, I’ve shared all about how to use chalky style spray paint with a bookcase makeover. Or you can see how to use chalk paint in a paint sprayer if you prefer that route.

In my opinion, I have found that the more expensive chalky style paints self level really well, while the very cheap ones don’t self level much at all.  You might find a different conclusion, but this has been my experience.

Before I dive too far into the HOW, we need to gather the right supplies. Chalk painting furniture is easiest (not required) when you have the right brushes and tools.

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Let’s talk about Chalk paint brushes for a minute. It is recommended that you use Natural bristle brushes, not the synthetic ones like you would use to paint a wall. A round brush is preferred (especially when using wax to get into the nooks and crevices), but the regular brushes are ok too.

Materials needed to chalk paint furniture:

Rather than explaining the steps and tips on how to chalk paint furniture, I’ll show you with a video.

HOW TO CHALK PAINT or how to use chalky paint for beginners.

I tried to cover everything in my video. If I missed anything or you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

You might also want to see how I chalk painted my grandparents old dining room table , or how I gave an antique desk a beachy style desk makeover with chalk paint, or how I chalk painted my parents wood table top for high traffic.

A side note; even though chalk paint seems to be the “go to” paint for furniture, Milk paint is also a good choice. I’ve shared all the difference between chalk paint and milk paint in this post with my opinion of which one I like better.

Coming up next, How to use Furniture Wax!


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