How to Paint with Chalk Paint

Hello all!

To generate extra income, to pay off our debt, Paul and I have been redoing furniture.

We usually buy the furniture at garage sakes, thrift stores and Craigslist for a low price. We have even found some for free on the Free section of Craigslist.

How To Paint with Chalk Paint

Why Use Chalk Paint:

We decided to use chalk paint because you do not have to prep the furniture by priming it or sanding. This cuts the the time in half to complete the project!

Step 1:

Prep the furniture for how you will be painting it. For one desk we decided not to paint parts of the top of the piece. So, we needed to put painter’s tape on the areas we wanted to avoid.



For another desk we sanded the top of it and stained instead of painting. To prepare for this we had to section off the area we would not be painting as well. The picture’s below show Paul sanding. We do not have a sander so he does it all by hand.












Step 2:

Make the chalk paint.

For the paint Paul and I use paint on sale at Hope Depot. We have found so many colors on the clearance rack for only 50 cents!IMG_4761

To make the chalk paint we mix it with Calcium Carbonate. I take 2 tablespoons of Calcium Carbonate and mix it with 1 tablespoons of warm water until that is smooth.  Next I add the mixture to 1 cup of any variety of paint. The gives the paint a more durable feel that will stick to almost anything!

If you are looking to buy some Calcium Carbonate you can find it HERE on amazon.

Step 3:

IMG_4362Paint the furniture.

When using chalk paint your stroke technique is not all that important, especially on the first coat. The second coat strokes are what will show.

After painting you’ll notice that the paint has a chalky feel–why do you think it’s called chalk paint? To get the rid of the rough feel quickly sand your piece with 180 grit sandpaper.

Step 4:

After all the paint is done you are ready to wax the furniture. The wax seals in the furniture from scratching and wearing and gives it a beautiful shine that chalk paint won’t give you. We use regular paste finishing wax.

You can use many things to get the wax on the furniture. We just use a white t-shirt cut into rags. . Many people also like to use a round wax brush. It really helps to get in the all the corners like the inlay of drawers. But with it being around $25 dollars we do not see the need of using that when a T-shirt works as well with a little extra work.


To apply the wax put a generous portion of wax on whatever you would like to use and apply it to the furniture in a small, circular motion. then wipe it in a straight lines.


IMG_4384Typically with chalk paint many people like the vintage or distressed look. Paul and I like that look as well with the furniture that we are doing. What we usually do is put one layer of wax on the furniture and then use pieces of sand paper to lightly swipe across the furniture. One thing we try to do it distress areas that would naturally look distressed though years of wear and tear.


IMG_4402After the first coat of wax and distressing we wait a day for the wax to adhere well to the furniture. After the 24 hours we do another coat of wax.

Once the wax has been completed the furniture is done and ready to be used or sold!

Before and After: 

Here are some before and after pictures of pieces Paul and I have worked on.

Desk Re-Do BeforeDesk Re-Do After

Desk redo Before

Desk redo After





Dresser Re-Do Before

Dresser Re-Do After





Have you ever used chalk paint before? How did your project turn out?



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10 thoughts on “How to Paint with Chalk Paint

  1. Mrs. Ashley Steele June 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm Reply

    FABULOUS!!!! I love the idea of using the chalk paint because when I re-finished several pieces for our living room (coffee table, book shelf, and sofa table) it took me WEEKS of non-stop sanding…I hated myself for starting the project. thanks for the idea, next project should be no problem!! 🙂

    • Kristin Sapperstein June 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm Reply

      Thanks! It will definitely cut every project you do in half!!

      • Mrs. Ashley Steele June 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

        ok, I’m going to start painting my end table for our porch tomorrow using chalk paint…wish me luck. I’m using your directions so I hope you didn’t lead me astray…however, I only paid $7 for it at Goodwill, so I’m not too worried about it 🙂

      • Kristin Sapperstein June 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        That’s great!! Message me if you have any questions!

  2. Helen June 5, 2014 at 8:40 am Reply

    Chalk Paint is the best, isn’t it! I have worked my way through most of the furniture in our house! 🙂

  3. saving{s} grace June 15, 2014 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Wow, these look great!! We have a hutch in our kitchen that I’ve been wanting to paint, but have put it off because I knew it would take 8 years to sand, prime, etc. Never thought to use chalkboard paint!

  4. cathyirby October 27, 2014 at 8:57 am Reply

    How would it work on kitchen cabinets?

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