How to Paint With Chalk Paint to Renovate Furniture

Do you want to give your old furniture a second chance? This article will show you how to paint with chalk paint on different surfaces. Thanks to him you will learn how easy it is to renovate the decoration of your home. Go for the brush and start taking advantage of your old furniture!

The chalk or chalky paint is very versatile and easy to use paint. Thanks to her it is possible to renew furniture and decorative objects in just a few hours

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How to Paint With Chalk Paint to Renovate Furniture

Among its main features include:

  • It does not require previous preparation, it can be applied without sanding or priming
  • It is multi-surface, you can paint with it on wood, metal, glass, fabric, etc.
  • Its ultimate finish helps to hide imperfections
  • Its drying is very fast, in just half an hour you can apply a second coat
  • It allows different decorative effects and finishes (matt, satin, gloss)
  • It is ideal for a vintage or shabby chic style
  • It can be used both indoors and outdoors

Tips and tricks ​for painting with chalk paint

Painting with chalky paint is very simple as you will see below. However, there are a number of tips and tricks that will help you get an excellent result and make the most of its advantages.

Sanding and priming

In principle, chalk paint does not require sanding or priming because it has excellent adhesion. However, it is recommended in the following cases:

  • ​On varnished surfaces with very bright varnishes
  • ​If the furniture has imperfections it will be necessary to use medium grain sandpaper to smooth the surface before painting.
  • ​When there are many previous layers of paint, it will have to be stripped or sanded. Chalky painting is quite dense and will thicken the material even more.
  • It is advisable to apply primer on antique furniture that has been treated with aggressive varnishes to prevent bleeding. Since chalk paint is a porous paint when it comes into contact with this type of varnish, pinkish spots that surface appear. The only way to block them is by applying a primer that insulates the paint from the varnish.
  • It is also recommended the primer on woods rich in tannins such as pine, mahogany or tropical wood. In this way, the exudation of wood is prevented from penetrating the paint.

Finished with chalky paint

As already mentioned, chalk or chalky paint is a porous paint and requires a finish to protect it from stains, splashes, and weather. This particularity allows for many effects and finishes. Among them, the most popular are:

Wax: It is recommended for furniture and objects that will be indoors. It gives a satin shine to the chalky paint. In addition, it is possible to combine colorless and collected waxes to create different effects and patina.

Varnished: It is recommended for furniture and objects that will be outdoors or in damp places. In addition, with an unlit varnish, the ultimate appearance of the chalky paint will be preserved.

Cracked: Applying a medium for cracking between layers of different colors, this decorative effect can be achieved.

Pickling: It is certainly one of the most popular finishes. There are different pickling techniques to give our furniture and objects a vintage or shabby chic look

Tricks with chalk paint

The following tricks will help you give a professional finish to your furniture painted with chalk or chalky paint:

  • ​This paint is water-based paint and it is normal to have to remove its components when opening the boat. Never shake it as you will get bubbles to form. It is best to remove it with a rod until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
  • ​Once the boat is opened, the paint has to become denser over time. Add some water to cool it.
  • ​It is always preferable to give two thin layers of paint than a thick one.
  • Before you start painting, clean the surface with alcohol. In this way, you will eliminate the remains of dirt, dust or wax-based cleaners that can make paint adhesion difficult.
  • For a more rustic finish, apply the paint to the chalk with a brush and without fear of brushstrokes being noticed. They are part of its charm.
  • We recommend using synthetic hair brushes or microfiber rollers to extend them more easily.
  • On irregular surfaces, with moldings, turning and recesses, use the spray format. You will get everywhere saving a lot of time.
  • Treat your freshly painted furniture with those paint, as it has a total drying hardening process of about two weeks.

​How to renovate your furniture and objects with chalk paint?

We have chosen different objects and materials to show you how you can paint with chalky or chalk paint to renovate your furniture. In fact, with a demolition remover, the front of a drawer and a glass vase that had nothing to do with each other, we have created a vintage corner. Do not miss the step by step to know how we have achieved it.

Materials & Tools you’ll need

These are the tools and materials that have been used in the following renovation of furniture and objects with chalk paint:

  • ​Driver drill
  • ​Stapler
  • ​Chalk paint in liquid and spray format
  • Wax
  • Colorless varnish
  • ​Medium textile
  • ​Brush
  • ​Template to crash
  • Medium Grain Sandpaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Hanger hook

How to renew a chalkboard with chalk paint

The next sidewalk or footwear was found next to a container. Although its initial appearance was not very attractive, it had nothing that could not be solved with chalk or chalky paint and renewing the upholstery. For this, the following steps were followed:

  • ​Remove the old upholstery.
  • ​Give the first coat with chalk or chalky paint. In this case, the spray format has been used since it is painted faster as it is a piece of furniture with turned legs.
  • ​Once it has dried, provide a pickling effect using the dry brush technique.
  • Apply spray wax and rub with a polishing pad.
  • Screw a board to the seat.
  • Staple the padding to the seat.
  • Upholster and finish with trimmings tape.

The dry brush technique consists of applying the first coat of paint to the chalk (in this case, a broken white color). Once it has dried, the brush will be slightly impregnated with a second color and will wear on a paper until barely any paint remains.

Then, soft and short brushstrokes will be given on the corners and places where the paint usually jumps. In this way, a much more natural effect is achieved, as can be seen below by comparing the before and after the shoe remover.

If you like to give your furniture a second chance, don’t miss this tutorial on how to transform demolition furniture into a toy kitchen.

How to recycle the front of a drawer in a coat rack with chalk or chalky paint

A coat rack can be made with the front of a drawer. If you also like the shabby chic style, do not hesitate to decorate it with chalk paint. In this case, the following steps have been followed:

  • Sand with medium grain sandpaper as it was varnished with a gloss varnish.
  • ​Remove the excess dust from the sanding and apply the first coat of paint to the chalk. In this case, the linen color has been used as the base.
  • Once it has dried, apply wax on the edges and places where we want the paint to skip to create a pickling effect.
  • Apply a second coat of paint of a contrasting color.
  • Sand with fine-grit sandpaper so that the paint easily skips over the areas where the wax was applied.
  • Decorate the central part of the coat rack with a stencil.
  • Apply wax over the entire surface with a cloth and polish with a white fiber scourer after about 15 minutes.
  • Screw the hanger hooks.

​How to paint on canvas with chalk paint

​With chalk paint, you can also renew or personalize your fabrics. If you want to know how to do it, do not miss the step by step:

  • Mix a part of chalk paint and a medium textile part in equal parts.
  • Stir with a rod until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
  • Apply to the fabric, either directly or decoratively using a stencil.
  • If you are going to wash the fabric later, we advise you to apply dry heat with an iron once the paint has dried. In this way, you will get a better fixation.

How to paint glass with chalk paint

Glass or glass is a non-porous surface that makes paint adhesion difficult. However, with chalk paint you can paint glasses, it is not difficult to get it. The steps you must follow are the following:

  • Apply thin layers of paint to the chalk spray. This format is the most suitable on surfaces with difficult adhesion since the paint is dragged with the brush or roller.
  • Once it has dried, apply matt varnish also in spray format.
  • Decorate with one of the fabrics previously painted with chalk paint. To fix it, use adhesive tape.

It should be noted that in this case a decorative object has been painted. When the glass surface is going to have continued wear for example, the envelope of a table, it is recommended to apply prior primer.

Final Verdict

​What do you think of this tutorial on how to paint with chalk paint to renew your decoration? Which of the objects we have painted have you liked the most? What would you like to renew with chalk paint? We encourage you to prove to your friends and family that you are a handyman.

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