If you’ve been following along on our house journey, you know that since we moved into our home a little over a year ago, we’ve slowly been repainting the rooms! ( You can see all the rooms we’ve updated so far here. ) Personally, I’m obsessed with super light colored walls & white furniture! Well, a lot of our furniture has been handed down to us or from college which isn’t super cute! But thank goodness I was introduced to chalk paint & my world was changed! I figured since I’ve had several people message me about using Chalk Paint I thought I’d just share the process & a couple tips!
Benefits of Using Chalk Paint
You can tell from the many projects I’ve used Chalk Paint that I really love it and I’m going to share a couple of those reasons!
- NO SANDING required!!!! ( Cue the praise hands!) Because for real sanding is the worst part! But thankfully with Chalk Paint, you don’t have sand.
- Super easy to use! All the instructions are on the back but you just use their special brush or your own natural fibers brush to put it on!
- Easy cleanup! Literally, you can just use soap & water to clean up your brushes or if you accidentally get it on the floor ( I’ve done this way too often!)
- Looks GORGEOUS! I love the matte finish and you can always sand the corners to give it that more rustic look if you want! I personally prefer not to do that!
After painting several pieces of our furniture I’ve learned a couple helpful tips for using Chalk Paint that I thought I’d share with you guys! Hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes!
Tips for Using Chalk Paint
- Use the off-brand chalk paint! The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is really great but it’s so expensive ( $30ish for a small can!) But I’ve used the Rust-Oleum brand from our local hardware store and it works just as well for only $20!!! Also, when buying white I like the pure white for AS & Linen white in the RO brand!!
- Thoroughly clean your piece before you start painting. I’ve made this mistake before and then I had to put several coats on to cover all the grim! haha
- Do a 2nd coat! If I’m using the white paint, I’ve learned that I have to at least do another coat if not a 3rd! The 2nd coat usually makes the brush strokes less noticeable.
- Use the special wax that seals the paint after you’re done if your piece will be getting lots of use! However, personally, the waxing part is my least fav and I usually skip that step unless it’s something I know will be getting dirty! Like Caleb’s coffee bar! But I’ve found the pieces I didn’t wax ( like the gray hutch) did fine without it as well!
Honestly, I love using Chalk Paint because even though there are a couple different steps I find it’s so much easier than having to sand a piece down. Plus I love how it looks when it’s all done! Someday I’m sure we will buy new furniture pieces ( like a coffee table) but until then this is a cost-effective to really spruce things up! Hopefully, this post has helped! Let me know if you have any questions!