Spruce Up Your Furniture With Chalk Paint

Chalk paint works well on most furniture types and surfaces. Solid wood pieces can be painted without priming, as can cheaper laminate or particle board furniture.

Wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area. It is advisable to put a drop cloth or tarp on the floor, especially if you plan on distressing your furniture.


Bookcases are great pieces for displaying family heirlooms, favorite decor items and other personal mementos. This stenciled bookcase, painted in Old White Chalk Paint, from Melissa of A Beautiful Mess, makes a stylish statement while showcasing her collection. If possible, remove the shelving and back of your piece to make it easier to stencil. If not, our vinyl stencils are flexible enough to bend into those tight spaces and corners. Use the registration marks on your stencil to align and secure in place. Once the piece is dry, reattach shelving and start decorating! Buff with clear wax to protect your new piece.


Baskets are an affordable way to add color to any room. You can display them on a bookshelf with other decorations or set one on a coffee table with some bottles and a sprig of flowers or greenery. If you have a wicker basket that needs updating you can easily paint it with chalk paint. The textured surface of the paint allows it to reach into the small spaces and crevices in the wicker. Unlike spray painting it’s easy to do indoors and you don’t need a primer first.

Start by placing a drop cloth over your work area and getting out a paintbrush, your choice of wicker basket and a cup of water. Dip the brush in water and then the paint and begin working on the inside of the basket. Make sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies. Once the inside is done you can move onto the outside. When you’re finished with the outside be sure to paint the handle.


Chalk paint is great for furniture, but it can also be used to revamp wall art, picture frames, mason jars, and more. It can create a rustic or country chic look, and it can be distressed to add extra character.

Before starting your project, make sure the surface is clean and dry. Vacuum it thoroughly to remove any dirt and dust. Then wipe the piece down with a damp cloth to ensure it is free of oil or grease.

If your piece has a glossy finish, you may need to lightly sand it with fine-grit sandpaper to allow the chalk paint to adhere. This is especially important if you plan on using the piece in the kitchen, where there will be lots of grease residue that could cause the paint to peel. After you have sanded, vacuum again and then wipe the furniture down with a damp cloth to remove any residual dust. This will help your new coat of chalk paint last longer and protect it from water damage.


Chalk paint works well on furniture pieces to create a beach cottage feel. It’s easy to use and covers a lot of ground with minimal prep work, making it the perfect choice for revamping a table or a buffet.

Start by thoroughly cleaning the piece to be painted. This is important because grit can get stuck in the chalk paint and ruin the finish. You can clean the furniture using Windex, soap and water, all-purpose cleaner, TSP, or denatured alcohol.

Next, sand the piece to smooth any rough areas. It is important to use a mask while sanding or painting to protect yourself from fine particulates and toxic fumes.

Before adding a dark sealing wax, make sure the clear coat is completely dry. To apply, put a small amount on a lint-free cloth and rub in a circular motion. This can be reapplied as needed to maintain the integrity of the finish.

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