How to paint furniture with chalk paint

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 13, 2022
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Buying chalk paint is all the rage these days. It’s a new indoor trend. Of course you first need to know what it is, what you can do with it, what effect you get with it and how to apply it.

How to apply chalk paint

The chalk paint can be applied in different ways. The most obvious is with a synthetic brush. If the paint layer is still intact, you do not need to sand. What is important is that you degrease well beforehand. This process should never be skipped. What is often done is that you apply the chalk paint with a sponge. You can give the background a different color than a second layer. The possibilities are limitless. On walls, take a paint roller. Then you can tampon the wall. You then apply a second color to the surface with a sponge. Because chalk paint is moisture permeable, it is excellent for applying to walls.

Painting furniture with chalk paint

Painting furniture with mixed latex has recently become a trend.

In this article I explain to you what chalk paint is in the first place.

Do you want to order chalk paint? You can do that here in the Schilderpret paint shop.

You must of course know what you are dealing with.

Then I discuss what preparations you need to make when painting furniture with chalk paint.

The last two paragraphs are about how to apply this and with what tools.

The tools you can use is a brush and a roller.

Painting furniture with chalk paint, what exactly is chalk paint?

To paint furniture with chalk paint, you should of course know what chalk paint is exactly.

Chalk paint is moisture regulating.

This means that the substrate can continue to breathe.

The moisture can escape but does not enter the surface itself.

In principle, you could therefore also use chalk paint outside.

You can dilute chalk paint with water.

Doing this will give you a wash effect.

You will then continue to see the structure of the surface.

This is also known as whitewash.

If you want more information about white wash click here.

Painting furniture, what preparations do you need to make.

Painting furniture with chalk paint also needs preparation.

The first rule to follow is that you should always clean the surface of the furniture.

This is degreasing the furniture.

This is very important for a further continuation of your preparation.

Do you want to know how to do exactly this?

Read the article about degreasing here.

Then you start sanding.

If the old coat of paint is still intact, you don’t need to use stripper to remove everything.

If this is a layer of lacquer or paint, it does not matter.

It is then sufficient to just sand it slightly dull.

Sanding furniture is quite difficult because it has many corners.

Use a scotch brite for this.

This is a scouring sponge with a fine structure that does not scratch your furniture.

Do you want to know more about this scouring sponge? Then read the article here.

After sanding, make everything dust-free.

When the furniture is made of wood, you can immediately paint your furniture with chalk paint.

If the furniture is made of steel, plastic or concrete, for example, you will first have to apply a primer.

It is best to use a multiprimer for this.

The word multi says it all that you can use this primer on most difficult surfaces.

Before you buy this, ask the paint store or hardware store whether the primer is indeed suitable for this.

Painting furniture with a roller

Painting furniture with chalk paint can be done with different tools.

One such aid is a roller.

A roller alone is not enough.

You have to combine this with a brush.

After all, you can’t reach all places with your roller and you have to iron after to avoid an orange effect.

Painting furniture with chalk paint should be done quickly.

Chalk paint dries quickly.

When you start rolling, you have to distribute the paint well.

Then you go after ironing with the brush.

This way you create an old-fashioned look for your furniture.

Do not use a bristle brush.

Use a synthetic brush for this, this brush is suitable for acrylic-based paint.

Take a roll of 2 to 3 centimeters that is suitable for acrylic.

Preferably a velor roll.

Just a tip before you start painting: wrap some painter’s tape around the roll beforehand and remove it after a few minutes.

The loose fluff then remains in the tape and does not end up in the paint.

Paint furniture with chalk paint and the after-treatment

Painting furniture with chalk paint needs a post-treatment.

By this I mean that yes, after a layer of chalk paint, something has to be painted over it that is wear-resistant.

Chairs are also furniture.

And these chairs you sit on regularly and often have wear and tear.

You will also see stains on your furniture faster.

Chalk paint is much more sensitive to this than normal alkyd paint.

You can certainly easily clean those stains with a cleaner.

It is better to give a follow-up treatment.

You can do this by applying a varnish to it.

This varnish must be water-based.

You can then choose from a matt varnish or satin varnish.

Another alternative is to put a wax over it.

The disadvantage of a polishing wax is that you have to apply it more often.

Of course you don’t have to treat it afterwards.

You can also easily touch up a stain with chalk paint.

So you see that painting furniture with chalk paint does not have to be so difficult.

There are many chalk paints for sale these days.

In stores and online. So enough choice.

I now have a question for you: which one of you is going to paint furniture with chalk paint or is it planning to?

Or which of you has ever painted with chalk paint on furniture?

What are your experiences with this and with which chalk paint did you do this?

I am asking this because I would like to collect data on chalk paint to share with everyone.

Everyone can then take advantage of this.

And that’s what I want.

That is why I set up painting fun: Share all knowledge with each other for free!

If you want to write something, you can leave a comment below this article.

I would really like it!

Thanks in advance.

Piet de Vries

I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.