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DIY Chalk Paint Tutorial

DIY Chalk Paint Tutorial

We understand that DIY projects can feel daunting and a big undertaking, but trust us when we say that this tutorial could not be more simple and rewarding. We love the look of refinishing furniture that has a fresh coat of chalk paint (and we bet you will, too!)

Before we get started, the big question: why use chalk paint? First, it gives furniture a vintage look, with minimal energy and cost expenditure. The matte finish feels very farmhouse-chic. Second, if you buy a good brand, like Annie Sloan, you’re getting an eco-friendly, low-VOC paint that won’t make you want to pass out from fume inhalation. Third, because the pigments used in chalk paint are so concentrated, a little goes a crazy-long way, and it actually ends up being just about as economical as latex paint. No joke.

But our favorite reason, the biggest draw for die-hard chalk painters, however, is ease of use. Chalk paint doesn’t require any sort of prep other than a good cleaning—so no sanding, solvents, priming, or sealing. Just brush it on, dry, repeat, and you’re done. So let’s get to it!

What You’ll Need:

• Soft-bristle brush or clean rag
• 1 medium-width paintbrush, or 1 wide-width and 1 narrow-width paintbrush for getting into small areas
• 1-2 cans of chalk paint, depending on the size of furniture
• Optional: Clear wax, wax brush, and a rag

How To Use Chalk Paint:

1. Using a soft-bristle brush or a clean rag, wipe dust and debris clean off your furniture piece. Start the first coat of chalk paint by brushing it on in one direction.

2. For thicker coverage, use a series of small x shapes to brush the paint on in all directions. Allow it to try completely.

3. Cover one part of the surface of the furniture at a time—for example: the top, followed by the front, followed by the sides/ Allow the first coat to dry completely. 

4. Repeat the process to add a second coat.

5. For a distressed look, use a fine-grit sandpaper to remove a bit of the paint in a few areas. Or simply work a thin layer of clear wax into the surface, and allow it to absorb for a few minutes. Wipe off the excess with a clean cloth. And that’s it!