5 Ways to Use Chalk Paint

I’ve been experimenting lately with chalk paint.  Initially, I wasn’t so sure if I liked it, but now that I’ve learned the tricks to using it, I’m a fan!  If you are going for a look that is layered and distressed, chalk paint is your best bet for getting just the right look.  Now that I’m excited about chalk paint (don’t get that mixed up with chalkboard paint), I can’t stop oohing and ahhing over other chalk paint projects I’ve seen around the blogosphere.  There is just so much you can do with chalkpaint!  Take a look at these 5 Ways to Use Chalk Paint and be inspired!

1.  On a Frame

Most of the chalk paint projects you come across are on large-scale projects, like big pieces of furniture.  I thought it would be fun to show you that it works great on small-scale projects, too, like this beautifully distressed frame from Magia Mia.  The vintage gold leaf peeking out from under the turquoise chalk paint is stunning.

2.  On Detailed Furniture

One of the amazing things about chalk paint is that you don’t need to strip or sand the finish on a piece of furniture before you paint with it.  That saves tons of time when you are refinishing a piece, like this one, with amazing carved details.  Love the soft gray color of this dresser at The Bungalow Blog.

3.  On Colorful Furniture

Chalk paint comes in a beautiful array of colors.  I’ve seen lots of pictures of projects done in soft grays and whites, but I have to say that the pieces rich with saturated color–like this hutch at Little Yellow Barn–are my favorites.

4.  On Kitchen Counters and Cabinets

I was surprised to find chalk paint on kitchen countertops, but I have to say it looks amazing!  Freckled Laundry has a detailed tutorial and lots of information on how she redid both counters and cabinets with chalk paint.

5. Make Your Own

Do a search on chalk paint, and you’ll discover a couple of favorite brands.  (I really like the kind I tried.)  But if price is an issue and you aren’t afraid to experiment, you can mix your own.  Here’s an example of homemade chalk paint at I {Heart} Naptime.

Have you tried chalk paint, yet?  If you have, I’d love to see what you’ve painted!  All the projects I’ve seen have been so unique.  Make sure you add a link in your comment if you have one to show off.

 





  • http://www.ahouseandyard.com Calista

    I did my first chalk paint project recently and liked how it turned out. I decided to make my own since I had some oops-paint in a color I loved. I have another project halfway done. So far I like that the chalk paint is so easy to work with. Here’s the link to my post about my painted nightstand…..

    http://www.ahouseandyard.com/2012/10/painted-nightstand.html

  • http://designeddecor.wordpress.com/ Dede@DesignedDecor

    I have repurposed a few items with chalk paint that I made myself. I love the fact that you don’t have to prim the surface. Not having to prime the surface was my reason for using chalk paint.
    http://designeddecor.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/repurposed-folding-accent-table-serving-tray-luggage-rack/

  • Amycha

    What great reviews. Definitely going to try using chalk paint real soon.

  • http://libler.blogspot.ca Faye (MacGIRLver)

    I am new to chalk paint but I have tried it 2 different ways, the first was a desk, I planned to sand it on the edges but haven’t been able to make myself do it, it is just so crisp and clean looking right now. But I will, really, I will :)
    http://libler.blogspot.ca/2012/11/all-dressed-up-with-no-place-to-go.html

    The second was on a cupboard door that I made into a sign, put on one coat only as I didn’t want solid coverage, then I sanded the edges just a little
    http://libler.blogspot.ca/2012/12/how-to-make-weathered-sign-with-chalk.html

    I’m happy with both results and will definitely be using it again.

  • http://www.magiamia.blogspot.com Maria (Magia Mia)

    Wow! Thank you so much for featuring my frame. Such an honor! I’ve been using chalk paint for over a year now, and I’m still thrilled with the results. Each project is more exciting than the last. I’ve really had fun using it on jewelry chests, as it’s a great way to rescue those drab wooden ones from the 60′s & 70′s. All of those are featured on my blog as well. Thanks again!

  • http://www.katskalamities.blogspot.com Kathryn

    I fell in love last March when a fellow vendor clued me in. Since I have amazed many with what I have done….you can not fail with ASCP…making your own is pretty cool….MMS has shown many and now her own milk paint…and Bliss has used CeCeCaldwell…I want too..I love chalk paint…and my posts stating about chalk paint are my most read…great post and examples…have a blessed holiday

  • http://www.thehappytulip.com Amy @ the Happy Tulip

    I haven’t used chalk paint yet, but I want to. I need to paint my piano and I think that chalk paint will be the way to go. Now I just need to get the courage!

  • Priscilla dyson

    can I repaint over the wax I did not like the finish

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yes you can.