Everything You Need to Know About Chalk Paint

Chalk paint, a blessing.

everything you need to know about


I use chalk paint on everything all the time, and there’s a reason for that- it’s freaking awesome. So I want to write about it: what it is, where to get it and the brands to use, how to use it, and even how to make it yourself.

What is Chalk Paint

Chalk paint is an extremely matte paint. Because of that characteristic, it’s often used on furniture or surfaces meant to look old or rather, not new.


Where to Get It

You can get chalk paint just about anywhere, but there are some things to keep in mind. My biggest warning? Don’t go to Lowe’s if you want to just grab your paint off the shelf and go. They don’t sell the paint itself like other retailers. Instead, they have the chalk base and mix it up into whatever color you want. It’s personalized, yes, but takes time and is prone to mixer error (such as getting navy instead of black, like I did). Instead, I recommend Home Depot, where you can get Rustoleum brand, or Walmart, which sells Waverly brand paint in many colors in various sizes, even as small as a few ounces if you have a small project or just want to sample it.

The mother brand is Annie Sloan. Pricey, but it’s the original. There’s also CeCe Caldwell, and even Behr has a line.

I use Waverly, CeCe Caldwell, and Rustoleum, but mostly Waverly.


How to Use It

Chalk paint is different most other paints in that in can almost always go directly onto any surface: no stripping, prepping, or priming required. It doesn’t matter if it’s going on water-based paint, oil-based paint, no paint, a stain, wood, metal, glass… whatever. Easy application. It also dries pretty quickly. Leave it like it is or distress it, if you’d like.

To finish your paint job, you’ve got some options, but in my opinion, some are better than others. Most chalk paint brands will recommend you finish the paint with wax, and that’s great. I’ve done that; however, it could warrant some maintenance and touch-ups. That’s why I recommend polyurethane. It’s more durable and protects the paint just as well.


Make it Yourself

Yes! You don’t even have to buy it. I always just buy my chalk paint, but I wouldn’t be a good blogger if I didn’t write about how to make the stuff. Here’s the recipe a friend of mine used for her kitchen cabinets:

1 cup of paint

1-2 tablespoons of water

2-3 tablespoons of plaster of Paris

Mix it all up and you’re ready to go!


Happy Chalk Painting!



By the way… none of these pictures are mine. They are projects done by others I found on Pinterest and thought they were absolutely beautiful. I am in no way wanting to take credit for these pieces. I just think they’re gorgeous!


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