Painting furniture with chalk paint gives it new life and a whole different look. Today we are going to talk about how to paint with chalk paint. Follow along for step by step instructions and some tips and tricks to see how this furniture is painted with chalk paint.
Probably the hardest part about learning how to paint with chalk paint is deciding on what you will paint and the color.
But honestly, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on chalk paint and see how it fairs from milk paint. And without giving a spoiler alert let’s jump right into how to paint with chalk paint on furniture.
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How to Paint with Chalk Paint
Like most painting projects it is best to get started with collecting your supplies.
What do you use to paint with chalk paint?
- Chalk paint (We used Dixie Belle color Cotton)
- Short handle synthetic brush
- Cup of water
- Painters tape
- Roll of paper
- Cleaner to remove residue or grime (We used Dixie Belle White Lightning)
- Rags or paper towels
- Wax (We used Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax)
- Brush for Wax
Now that you know what you need to paint with chalk paint you might be asking what can you paint with chalk paint? Well, I have experience painting furniture and fabric. I have used chalk paint on A canvas drop cloth material. Check out my DIY drop cloth rug tutorial to see more.
Start with cleaning the areas you want to paint. If you only want to paint a particular area, as I did, then spray the cleaner on your rag and wipe it on.
We used white lightening by Dixie Belle. You will need to mix it in a bottle, but it lasts a very long time.
Tape and Paper
Keep Brush Wet
If you are starting with a new brush or if your brush is dry make sure to dip it into the water about 1/2 half way down then get the excess water off the brush on a paper towel.
Doesn’t this seem crazy? But it works.
Whenever you feel like the paint is dragging on the furniture go back and lightly dip the brush into the water and blot it on a paper towel.
It is like magic!
Your paint will go on much more smoothly.
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Apply Chalk Paint First Coat
Now it is time to start the transformation.
Dip your damp brush into the paint about 1/2″ and start applying chalk paint along the grain.
You may have to push the paint into corners or grooves like these, but other than that painting should be a smooth motion with the grain.
Also, apply the first coat lightly. You should be able to see through it a little.
Let this first coat dry for about 10 minutes.
It helps to have a fan running to dry your paint, or you can use a blow dryer on cool setting.
Apply Second Coat of Chalk Paint
Just like the first step apply the second coat.
You can see how it is starting to cover.
If you are using a darker color, this may be your last coat of chalk paint. But if you are using white, you will probably need one more layer of paint.
Make sure that your first coat is good and dry. If it is not completely dry the paint will come off like pictured below.
If this happens, do not fret because the next coat will smooth it out. Or at least it worked for us.
Now let this coat dry about an hour.
Apply Third Coat
Okay, we are almost to the homestretch.
Just like the other two coats of paint start applying your third coat.
This coat will make it a pure white cotton color.
Let this last coat dry overnight.
See how easy it is with this chalk paint how to guide.
This step is optional especially if your painting something that won’t be touched or anything sat on it.
But to be on the safe side, I decided to add the wax.
So you will need some wax and a natural bristle brush.
All you have to do is dip the brush into the wax and start brushing it on like butter.
You can brush right to the left, up and down or even in circles.
It does not matter.
But personally I like to go up and down in a continuous motion.
Once you have applied the wax take a clean low lent cloth and rub the wax off.
Then take another clean cloth and buff the wax that is still on the chalk painted surface.
See how easy it is the paint with chalk paint.
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Remove the Tape and Paper
Now that you are finished remove the tape and paper carefully.
If it looks like any paint is coming up use an x-acto knife to score the color. I had to do this to keep the paint from pulling away from the cabinet.
So here is the final product without accessories.
And then with accessories.
Even adding the dishes transform the look.
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If I had to compare chalk paint vs. milk paint, I would say chalk paint is probably easier and you do not have to mix it. It is thicker and covers better and gives that same old fashion look.
But I still LOVE milk paint!!!
Now you may be wondering which chalk paint is the best? I only have experience with a few brands but after asking some friends I have learned that Dixie Belle is high on the list as well as Annie Sloan. Behr carries a chalk paint brand and what’s really cool is they have it in a spray can.
Fusion mineral paint, which has a chalk painted look but is not actually chalk paint, is a favorite of mine too. My DIY exterior Dutch door post shows off the beautiful finish of Fusion.
So, where to buy chalk paint for furniture? You can find chalk paint at like the Behr brand at hardware stores, Amazon carries many brands like Dixie Belle and Annie Sloan is sold in local small retailers. To find a retailer near you simply go to her website and put in your location.
Well, now you know painting furniture with chalk paint is easy and you know some of the best chalk paint brands and you know what tools you will need. In a matter of hours, you can have a whole new look.
And if you are looking for some inspiration check out our Chalk Paint Ideas post or if you would like tips on styling your hutch check out my storing and displaying vintage dishes post. Trust me it will inspire you and bring a smile to your face!
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