Chalk Paint is a type of paint (actually, it’s a trademarked brand of paint by Annie Sloan, but other companies have similar paints also) that can be used on furniture and other items to create a chalky appearance. It’s used for creating an aged appearance, and can be distressed easily.
Besides its matte finish, chalk paint differs from traditional paint in several other ways. One of the benefits is that it doesn’t require any prep work—it can paint right over most clean, dry surfaces (expect for metal or shiny laminate), even if they’re already painted .
Chalk paint is about as durable as latex paint . They are both water based, so they will both react roughly the same to water stains, spills, nicks, etc. However, the finish coat is what protects your furniture . The wax finish will be a little more expensive than the latex clear coat, but will usually last longer.
Chalk paint adheres to furniture beautifully without the use of primer and (usually) no sanding . A quick cleaning is typically all you need .
What happens if you don’t wax chalk paint ? Chalk – painted furniture may not need sealing at all if it’s a piece that is rarely used, such as a sideboard in the corner of the room that holds champagne flutes and other items that you don’t necessarily use every day.
Usually, no. You can use chalk paint to paint right over bare wood or existing finishes. There are some instances, however, when I use primer and/or sand before painting , so you really have to look at each piece individually. I’ve noticed my paint seems to be easily scratched off and isn’t fully adhering to the piece.
Chalk paint is very durable when cured and when you add a wax or water-based polyurethane protective finish. One is not better than the other. You become a furniture designer since you can alter and mix colors, use clear or colored waxes to create many different decorative finishes, and create modern or aged pieces.
Prep and clean your furniture piece Take a “before” photo of your piece of furniture . Remove any removable elements such as hardware, drawers and shelves. Remove any stickers, labels or residue that is stuck on top of the furniture . Run your hand across the furniture piece. Clean, clean, clean.
–You can use chalk paint on any surface. It adheres to almost anything, and I’ve painted laminate , particle board , solid wood , leather, old and new furniture alike.
Best Color Selection: The Spruce Best Home by KILZ Chalky Finish Paint. Best Overall: BEHR White Interior Chalk Decorative Paint. Best for Furniture: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Best for Kitchen Cabinets: Rust -Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint. Best for Walls: Amy Howard at Home Light Base Latex One Step Furniture Paint.
Leaving your chalk – painted surface bare, or with no topcoat, is the simplest treatment with the least alteration to the finish. However, adding no protection means your piece is vulnerable to the elements, wear and tear, and natural distressing.
Rather than apply with a rag, you brush the cream wax on. It’s a thick, milky liquid that quickly dries, and then you buff it (just like with the paste wax) to work it into the painted furniture and bring out that delightful sheen . Cream wax is also easy to use and a little goes a long way.
To use chalk paint with a roller : Pour the chalk paint into a paint pan, then load it onto a high-density foam roller (depending on the size of the furniture, a four-inch mini roller may be the best option).
How many coats do I need? If you are painting something white or off white over a dark piece, you will probably need three coats for solid coverage. But because the paint dries really quickly, you don’t have a long wait in between coats . If you want your piece more distressed, you may be happy after only two coats .