I love chalk paint so much I even made a jingle.
“Oh chalk paint, oh chalk paint, I love your matte finish. Oh chalk paint, oh chalk paint you make painting easy.
You are the best, no sanding, you are the best, just painting. Oh chalk paint, oh chalk paint, even waxing is easy.”
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Just kidding…I just made that up, but it’s not too bad if I do say so myself. What we need to find out is chalk paint for you or no? This paint, in my opinion, is a lifesaver if you are trying to redo a furniture piece. No sanding or stripping required. Just wipe down, paint with the chalk paint, then apply a finishing wax once dry. Now this will have a matte finish so if you’re looking for a gloss or semi-gloss finish you will just have to take the extra steps. You can also distress this paint so easily with some sandpaper that if a rustic vibe is what you are going for look no further.
I of course didn’t mind a matte finish and if a type of paint saved me from stripping and sanding a piece of furniture you bet I was all for it. That can take hours (trust me I know!). Now if your ready to try it, your decision now is do you splurge on some Annie Sloan, get a steal and buy Rustoleum’s, or make your own. Well I have tried all three, which you can see in my post here, and this is what I recommend.
**NOTE: I have only used Annie Sloan’s finishing wax, but I have used maybe 1/2 can on all of my projects so far. Totally worth the investment! *
1. BUY THE STEAL – Overall just buy Rustoleum’s chalk paint. It is everything you want out of a chalk paint. It says it only takes one coat, but when the frames did take me two coats to get an even coverage. Now I didn’t cover my frames in any sort of finishing wax. I could, but since I won’t be setting anything on these or touching them I went without. The colors are pretty, it’s affordable, and you will still get the look you want without paying an arm and a leg. You can purchase it here.
2. SPLURGE (If you can!) – If you plan on doing a piece of furniture that you will be using, I will say save the money and splurge on some Annie Sloan. This stuff is durable and I have had no problem whatsoever on those two pieces of furniture I did. Plus that one quart covered both the dresser and armoire. It was super easy to use, hasn’t chipped in any way, and did go a long way for the price I paid. Purchase or find a local store here.
3. HOMEMADE – Now this way work perfectly well, but I do not recommend it for furniture. This is what I used on my son’s dresser which you can see here, and it has chipped from use. I’m not upset about it, I have leftover stuff so I will touch it up eventually, but the quality is just no where near Anne Sloan. I recommend doing this on small projects with latex paint you just need to use up. If you want the recipe I got mine from Sonya from At Home with the Barkers which you can get here!
That’s it. It’s worth it and you have options. Try all three and let me know what you think!