Chalk painting furniture…it’s not as easy as it looks!

I seem to see chalk painted furniture everywhere these days. It’s something I have wanted to try for a while and as I had a very tired old chest of drawers in my hallway that needed a bit of tender love and care, I hardly needed an excuse! Chalk paint is touted as being an easy to use and quick way to transform furniture. You don’t need to use sand paper or primer and can apparently paint on most surfaces including laminate. It sounds awesome!! It’s also perfect if you like the ‘shabby chic’ or distressed furniture look, where paint is sanded away on corners and edges to expose the wood underneath.

Before and after chalk painting furniture

Of course, as with all painting, the preparation you put in beforehand will ensure that your project is perfect and that includes when you use chalk paint. If you want a professional finish, I would still recommend lightly sanding before applying chalk paint and in between coats. Also if you are painting a dark stained wood a lighter colour, applying a primer beforehand will ensure that the wood doesn’t bleed through the paint colour.

I applied three coats of Rustoleum Chalked paint in the colour tidal pond with a synthetic brush. Chalk paint is designed to show the paint strokes, so you won’t get a seamless look. Apply the paint thickly but use light strokes with the paint brush. I was too miserly with my first coat, so it was a bit patchy. If I’d applied it thickly, I probably could have only needed to paint two coats instead of the three. Wash up with water.

I didn’t use sand paper to give it a distressed makeover, but if you want to do it to your furniture; use fine sandpaper to lightly sand away the paint at the edges and corners. Wipe the furniture with a damp cloth to remove the dust.

I also recommend using a sealer after painting to ensure your work is protected. My kids have sticky little fingers, and before I’d applied the sealer, I noticed a few finger marks. Sealer will also intensify the colour and give the finish a nice satin look and feel.

All done and a big improvement! So what’s my verdict on chalk paint? It is easy to use and quick to apply, but it’s not the miracle paint that some make it out to be. As with every DIY project, you still need to prepare properly if you want a piece of furniture to look good for a long period of time. I’ll definitely use chalk paint again though.



My next project (if I ever find the time) is to reupholster the two salvaged chairs either side of the drawers. But I’ll leave that for another blog post!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. it looks lovely Amy. I have a lot of painted furniture in my house and have tried many paints and good old emulsion paint in matt is the best and the cheapest I have found and like you say its always best to sand whatever it says on the pot !

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    1. aseparovic says:

      Thanks Tabitha! Apologies, I seem not to have been notified when you left your message. I’ve got a very sad looking tall boy and bed side tables in my bedroom which will be my next painting project…if I ever find the time x

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      1. There is never enough hours in the day x

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