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.