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What are creative 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 chalk paint!  

Take a look at these 5 Ways to Use Chalk Paint and be inspired!

5 Creative Ways to Use Chalk Paint

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

Finding chalk paint on kitchen countertops was a surprising discovery, but 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 Chalk Paint

DIY chalk paint
DIY chalk paint

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.

Chalk Paint FAQs

What are the best things to use chalk paint on?

You can use chalk paint on various surfaces to achieve a matte, velvety finish. It is is a very versatile medium.

Here are some other popular items and materials to transform using chalk paint:

Wooden Furniture

Chalk paint works well on wood and people often use it to revitalize old or worn-out furniture pieces like tables, chairs, dressers, and cabinets. It can create a distressed or vintage look.


You can apply chalk paint to metal surfaces, such as light fixtures, picture frames, and decorative items. Make sure to properly clean and prime the metal before painting.


Chalk paint can give glass items a unique, opaque appearance. You can use it on glass jars, vases, and even windows to create a frosted or stained glass effect.

Ceramic and Pottery

You can use chalk paint to update ceramic or pottery pieces like flower pots, plates, and mugs. It can give them a shabby chic or rustic look.


You can also mix chalk paint with a fabric medium to paint fabric, transforming upholstery, cushions, curtains, and even creating custom designs on textiles.


Chalk paint can be used to create a statement wall or add texture to a room. It works well on textured or plaster walls, but it may require a protective topcoat for added durability.

Decorative Accessories

Chalk paint is great for smaller decorative items like candle holders, trinket boxes, wooden signs, and picture frames. It allows you to easily customize and update these pieces.

Do you wet the brush when using chalk paint?

When using chalk paint, it is generally recommended to use a dry brush technique rather than wetting the brush. Wetting the brush can dilute the paint and affect its consistency, potentially leading to poor coverage or adhesion.

To apply chalk paint effectively, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the surface: Clean and, if necessary, sand or prime the surface.
  2. Shake or stir the paint: Ensure the paint is well-mixed before using it.
  3. Load the brush: Dip the brush into the paint, coating only the tips of the bristles.
  4. Remove excess paint: Gently wipe off any excess paint on a paper towel.
  5. Apply the paint: Use light pressure and smooth strokes, following the grain or desired pattern.
  6. Let it dry: Allow each coat to dry completely as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Apply additional coats if needed: Add more coats for desired coverage, allowing drying time between each coat.

Can I use chalk paint without sanding?

Yes, one of the advantages of using chalk paint is that it often eliminates the need for extensive sanding or priming. Chalk paint is formulated to adhere well to various surfaces, including wood, metal, and even laminate, with minimal preparation. However, the specific surface condition and desired outcome can influence whether sanding is necessary.

In many cases, chalk paint can be applied directly to surfaces without sanding, especially when the surface is clean and free from loose or peeling paint. However, there are some scenarios where sanding may still be beneficial:

  1. Glossy or Smooth Surfaces: If you’re working with a highly glossy or slick surface, such as laminate or certain types of finished furniture, light sanding can create a slightly roughened texture that helps with paint adhesion.
  2. Imperfections or Roughness: If the surface has noticeable imperfections, such as scratches, dents, or rough areas, a light sanding can help smooth them out and create a more even finish.
  3. Previously Painted Surfaces: If the existing paint is flaking, chipping, or in poor condition, it’s generally recommended to remove loose or damaged paint through sanding or other suitable methods before applying chalk paint.

While sanding is not always required, it can provide a better foundation for the paint and improve adhesion in certain situations. It’s a good practice to assess the surface condition and make a judgment based on your specific project. Always follow the instructions provided by the paint manufacturer for the best results.

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  1. 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 🙂

    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

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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

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