Chalk paint can transform even the most old and worn out pieces of furniture into beautiful works of art. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to chalk paint furniture white for a stunning finish that will make your guests take notice.
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Here’s what our piece of furniture looked like before getting painted white.
White is one of the hardest colors to paint furniture, but in this post, we’re sharing the simple things you need to do to make everything go smoothly and end up with beautiful white chalk painted furniture.
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Supplies for Chalk Painting Furniture White
- Electric Screwdriver
- Krud Kutter and an old rag
- Shop Vacuum
- Tack Cloth
- SurfPrep Sander (Use code RAY10 to get 10% off your order)
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- BIN Shellac Based Primer
- Behr Latex Paint
- Calcium Carbonate Powder
- Paint Sprayer
- Waterbased Polyurethane
- Oak Wood Stain
- Paintable Caulk
How to Chalk Paint Furniture White
Painting furniture white can be challenging, but with the right supplies and steps, you can get the perfect white finish you are looking for.
Here are the steps for painting furniture white with chalk paint.
Check out my chalk paint secrets and what you need to know when painting with chalk paint.
The first step is to remove all hardware from the piece of furniture.
This includes any knobs, handles, hinges, pulls, or other pieces that may be attached to your piece of furniture. This will help make your paint finish look so much nicer.
Place them all in a bag or a container to keep from losing them while you paint.
Clean with a Degreasing Cleaner
Once all hardware has been removed, it is important to clean your piece of furniture thoroughly using Krud Kutter or another degreasing cleaner specifically designed to remove oils, dirt, and grime from wood surfaces.
This will help your paint adhere properly and results in a smoother finish.
Learn more about how to clean furniture before painting here.
If your furniture has a lot of chipped veneer or damage like this piece has, this is the time to repair your damaged furniture.
Learn how to fix chipped wood furniture here.
Scuff Sand Before Painting Furniture
Before applying any primer or paint to your piece of furniture, lightly scuff sand the surface using 220-grit sandpaper.
This will help the primer and paint adhere properly to the furniture.
Learn more about the importance of sanding before painting furniture here.
Prime With Stain Blocking Primer
The next step in chalk painting furniture white is to apply a stain-blocking primer like BIN shellac primer.
This type of primer helps block bleed-through stains on the surface and provides extra protection against moisture and wear for your finished product.
You can paint over it after about an hour, but for best results, allow this primer to dry overnight before applying any chalk paint or topcoat.
If you let the primer dry for a longer time, it will block bleed-through stains better.
Learn more about the best primer for painting furniture here.
Paint With White Chalk Paint
Once your primer has had enough time to dry, you can begin painting your piece of furniture with white chalk paint.
We used the color “Heavy Cream” from Behr (I think) for this makeover.
It usually takes about 3-4 coats to get full coverage, but the coats of white primer count towards this and help with better coverage.
I like to use a paint sprayer to apply the chalk paint, but you can use a paint brush or roller.
Allow the chalk paint to dry between coats of paint. Chalk paint dries quickly… in about 30 minutes to an hour.
Topcoat the White Chalk Paint
To protect your painted piece of furniture from scratches or other damage due to everyday wear and tear, it’s important to apply a couple of coats of protection.
I like to use Waterbased Polyurethane because it doesn’t yellow and does a great job protecting my paint.
Let the topcoat dry for 24 hours before moving to the next step.
Learn more about topcoats for painting furniture here.
Replace the Hardware
Finally, replace the hardware that you removed previously once everything has had ample time drying time.
For the next 30 days, be extra careful with your freshly painted furniture to allow time for it to cure.
For this white painted buffet, my client wanted to leave some of the oak showing.
So, we sanded down the drawers and stained them again (I believe with oak wood stain.)
And then, we replaced all of the hardware with the hardware she purchased.
5 Tips for Chalk Painting Furniture White
Now that you know how to chalk paint furniture white, here are some more tips to help you create the best white painted furniture.
Prime Before Painting
Before painting any piece of furniture, it is important to prime it first.
This will help block stains that may bleed through the paint and ruin the finished product.
A good stain-blocking primer will also help you get better coverage, meaning you won’t have to paint as many coats of paint after you prime.
Be sure to use a stain-blocking primer specifically designed for this purpose. My favorite stain-blocking primer for white chalk painted furniture is BIN shellac-based primer.
Caulk Cracks and Seams
Putting caulk in cracks and seams will help create a smooth, seamless look on your piece of furniture.
Usually, you can’t see these cracks and seams until you have a coat of white primer or paint on your furniture. Then all of a sudden, you can see a bunch of black lines.
Make sure to use paintable caulk and wipe off the excess with a damp rag before leaving it to dry. Usually, after 30 minutes, you can paint over the caulk, so it doesn’t have to hold you up for long.
Sand Between Coats of Paint
Sanding between coats of paint and primer will help create a smooth finish on the final product. I like to use 220-grit sandpaper for this, but you can use 320 or 400-grit sandpaper.
The paint on the edges will easily sand off, so be aware that if you sand after your last coat of paint, you can easily create a distressed look. If you don’t want a distressed look, just don’t sand too close to the edges of your furniture. You can also use 400 grit sandpaper to sand even lighter to avoid distressing the paint.
Be sure to remove the dust before painting or topcoating.
Topcoat Chalk Paint
When applying polyurethane topcoat, it is best to spray it on in light coats instead of brushing it on in order to prevent putting too much on at once, which can cause your waterbased polyurethane to look yellow.
Applying multiple thin coats is always better than one thick coat that can potentially be uneven or streaky when dry.
Use an All-In-One Paint Instead
If you want to save yourself time and money, consider using an all-in-one paint that already includes a topcoat, so you don’t have to apply one separately after painting your furniture white. This will make the process go faster while providing extra protection against wear and tear.
Check out this furniture makeover on painting furniture white for one example.
Learn more about the best paints for furniture here.
Chalk Painting Furniture White doesn’t have to be difficult!
With these simple steps, you can achieve beautiful results quickly and easily!
- Remove Hardware.
- Clean with Krud Kutter to remove oils, dirt, and grime.
- Scuff Sand with 220 grit sandpaper to help the paint stick.
- Clean the dust with a shop vacuum and tack cloth.
- Prime with a stain-blocking primer like BIN shellac primer to block bleedthrough stains.
- Paint with white chalk paint. Homemade chalk paint is one of the cheapest chalk paint.
- Topcoat white chalk paint with Varathane waterbased polyurethane.
- Replace hardware.
More Chalk Painted Makeovers:
- Blue Chalk Paint Coffee Table
- Grey Chalk Paint Dresser
- The Secret to Painting Furniture with Latex Paint
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