Chalk Paint Secrets | What You Need to Know

Painting furniture can be a fun and rewarding way to give any old piece of wood a creative new look.

Chalk paint offers an easy and affordable solution for anyone looking to transform their furniture without spending a fortune.

With the right supplies and effort, you can give your furniture a beautiful finish that is sure to turn heads.

different brands and types of chalk paint with text

The cost of chalk painting furniture is much lower compared to buying a brand-new piece of furniture while also offering an easy and convenient way to refresh the look of any furniture item.

It gives you the freedom to experiment with colors and designs, transforming an outdated dresser or table into something beautiful and unique.

Chalk paint is easy to use and can be applied with a paint brush, roller, or paint sprayer.

It comes in a variety of colors, which means you can create any look you desire.

Chalk paint also dries quickly, allowing you to move through your project quickly.

Chalk Painting Furniture

But before you get started, here are our best tips so you can get the perfect finish with your chalk paint!

Start with the basics and then move your way through some other techniques. But don’t forget to properly prep your furniture for chalk paint before you paint!

Chalk Paint for Furniture

When it comes to choosing the right chalk paint for your furniture project, there are several options available.

Popular brands all offer a wide range of colors, textures, and finishes to choose from.

Here are some of the best chalk paints for furniture.

Chalk Painted Furniture

Choosing the right chalk paint color for your furniture project can be intimidating.

Here are our best chalk paint color ideas.

Chalk Painted Dressers

Dressers are the best sellers when it comes to painted furniture.

So it’s only fitting that we have a lot of chalk painted dresser ideas for you!

Chalk Painted Tables

From chalk painted coffee tables to nightstands and end tables.

Here are our chalk painted table ideas.

More Chalk Painted Furniture Ideas

No less fun are chalk painted desks, cedar chests and buffets or sideboards.

Here are our best ideas for everything else.

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  5. Black Painted Antique Buffet
  6. Laminate Desk Makeover
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  8. Gray Painted Desk

What is so special about chalk paint?

Chalk paint is a great choice for furniture makeover projects because it is easy to use. It dries quickly, and you can brush it, roll it, or spray it on. You don’t need to know much about painting to use it.

While most chalk paint brands claim that you don’t need to prime before painting furniture with chalk paint, you still should scuff sand and prime before using chalk paint for the best results.

Primer can stop stains from coming through paint. These stains come through the paint on a lot of wood furniture.

Here are the best primers for painting furniture.

I’ve tested various chalk paints on different types of furniture, and many times the chalk paint still scratches off easily.

But chalk paint sticks much better than latex paint (the paint you paint walls with.) Chalk paint also sands very easily and can be blended with other colors when you paint it on to create a unique, ombre effect.

Then you can topcoat it with your choice of topcoat to give it different sheens.

What are the disadvantages of chalk paint?

Chalk paint is a great choice for furniture makeover projects, but it does require some additional effort to get the best results.

For example, it’s necessary to topcoat chalk paint.

Learn more about topcoats for painting furniture here.

Since chalk paint is matte, and honestly not very durable on its own, it needs to be topcoated.

I prefer a waterbased polyurethane topcoat because it is more durable than wax.

Contrary to what chalk paint companies claim, you should scuff sand and prime before painting furniture with chalk paint in order to ensure that the chalk paint sticks well enough and is not easily scratched.

Learn more about The Importance of Sanding Before Painting Furniture.

These steps may be somewhat inconvenient and time-consuming, but following them will result in beautiful, durable, long-lasting pieces.

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