Chalk Paint is specifically designed for furniture and it can be used on walls, doors and shutters and more.
It has a chalky finish and is often used to achieve a shabby chic or aged look because it is easily distressed.
Chalk painting on furniture doesn’t have any set guidelines. If you are doing this for the first time, start small. Maybe, with a stool or a nightstand. Don’t choose something with a lot of detail or challenging aspects. Stick with one colour to begin.
Here’s what you need to begin:
- Chalk paint
- Finishing wax (optional)
- Paint brushes, one for painting and one for applying wax
- Drop cloth
- Moist cloth for dusting/accidental drips
- Sand paper, for smoothing
You can paint indoors because there are no harsh odours.
Most pieces don’t need prep. Just dust off and begin to paint.
It dries super fast. You can paint 2-3 coats in a day.
Use a moist cloth and remove all dust and dirt. Dry it well. Make sure there is no oil from treatment products like furniture oil.
If your piece has loose paint you should do a little sanding. If you will be distressing your piece then these other layers of paint will add fun character to your piece.
Shake your chalk paint well. Because of the thicker consistency you will need to stir every 15 minutes or so.
Use back and forth quick strokes. Paint in all directions. Work in a small space and move quickly as it dries very fast. Don’t go over an area you just painted. Don’t worry if you see paint strokes or if you can see through on your first coat. The second coat will cover up.
Let your first coat dry for 2 hours before moving to the next. Follow the same for your second coat if you need a third. Usually, two coats should do.
After you are done painting, take a small piece of sandpaper and pass over your piece lightly, as if you were dusting. This is for smoothing only and makes a big difference in the look of your final product.
Waxing is not essential, but without it your piece will look slightly more rustic with an unfinished look. Waxing will ensure protection from wear and tear and give it a slightly more finished look.
Apply wax with a regular brush. Then wipe it with a lint-free cloth. Let your piece dry overnight before use.