Rock the Chalk

There is a new craze in the DIY world going on right now and it is called CHALK PAINT!  It seems like everybody I know is giving it a whirl.  Maybe you are like me, (lazy) and have wondered what all the hubbub is about and were wishing that someone would just tell you so you don’t have to go, like, looking it up for yourself and junk.

Well, lucky for you! I got a bunch of chalk paint submissions recently, so I asked some of the submitters their thoughts.

First I asked Susan from Hometown Girl, who redid this dresser, but she hasn’t got back to me yet.  So …. sorry, that wasn’t very informative, was it?  But the chalk paint sure looks nice, eh?









 


 

Then, I asked Jennifer from Always in Wonder how she liked the chalk paint she used on this dresser.  Wait.  I think forgot to ask Jennifer.  Dang.  But here’s a fun chalk paint fact I just learned: you have to order it online, and it’s like $50 a quart!  It MUST be awesome, right? 


 

But Ann came through!  Ann wanted chalk paint specifically for this piano, which was in rougher condition than it appears (I always feel like I have to say that so piano fanatics don’t throw bricks through my windows).

She says: “I had a specific reason to use the chalk paint on the piano. I did not want to sand it. The piano although ugly was still in tune and I feared that all of the dust from sanding would get into the body and be impossible to get out. “

“I slapped the chalk paint right on over the finish ( I didn’t even wipe it down). I applied a coat of wax, the first time I have ever done this and I would definitely do it again, it has such a nice smooth finish. I am extremely happy with it, it has made a dark dreary corner of my living room nice and bright.”   

Look, she even gave the candlesticks makeovers!











 

And Sharyl from The Little Brown House also had great things to say about it when she redid her drum table: “I really love the chalk paint, specifically for redoing antique furniture. It is not latex based, so it has a soft chalky texture that works really well with older pieces. And it can actually be sanded off – it doesn’t seem to go as deep into the grain of the wood.”

“Two other advantages are that it doesn’t have much odor, and you don’t have to prep what you are painting. As in no sanding or primer. It does have a different finish than regular paint though – it isn’t smooth or shiny. So I don’t suppose it would work for everything, but it is awesome on furniture!”














 


This was pretty much the most informative post ever! Chalk Paint! 





 (insert shooting star logo: The more you knoooow!)


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  1. I love the look, but I can’t justify coughing up the money for chalk paint! Except maybe I would for the piano–that’s smart thinking!

  2. I can’t wait to use this. My package of paint just arrived.

  3. Very pricey! Not worth it to me!

  4. Hmmmm, this is quite fascinating, and something I’ve never heard of. I don’t get it. What IS it made of? I do like the look, especially that blue dresser. I may consider it for all my living room furniture, including the HUGE entertainment center, that I’m pondering painting for the move into the new house. UGH! Makes me tired thinking about it. Where does one order this stuff?

  5. Hmmmm, this is quite fascinating, and something I’ve never heard of. I don’t get it. What IS it made of? I do like the look, especially that blue dresser. I may consider it for all my living room furniture, including the HUGE entertainment center, that I’m pondering painting for the move into the new house. UGH! Makes me tired thinking about it. Where does one order this stuff?

  6. Hmmmm, this is quite fascinating, and something I’ve never heard of. I don’t get it. What IS it made of? I do like the look, especially that blue dresser. I may consider it for all my living room furniture, including the HUGE entertainment center, that I’m pondering painting for the move into the new house. UGH! Makes me tired thinking about it. Where does one order this stuff?

  7. I JUST wrote to my local distributor yesterday asking to buy some of this stuff! I’m going to try it too, for some wood dining chairs. Because the idea of sanding and painting a bunch of chairs is not fun..

  8. Thank you so much for featuring me! The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I bought was $14 for a quart – plus shipping. I believe it ended up a bit under $30 total. And it doesn’t take very much of it to do a project, I still have most of it left after 2 small projects.

  9. When I think about how much time I will save by not having to sand…and the arguments I’ll save by not dragging the sanding process out over 5 weeks (I am lazy also), I would say it is definitely worth a few extra bucks! I love it.

    Does anyone know how it feels after painted? Is the wax required?

  10. Hi – I read your blog daily, and thought I’d send you a review on chalk paint.

    This stuff is fantastic!!! Although relatively expensive ($34.50/quart), it is worth twice that. Odorless, water based, can be painted on just about every surface without stripping or sanding. It goes on smooth, takes just over one coat to cover even the darkest paint, is easily distressed and “mistakes” are easily rectified. Chalk paint dries very quickly, so projects are completed fast. Paste wax is used to protect the finished surface and this step is also fast and easy. I hardly ever have time to finish one project over a weekend and this past weekend I finished four medium picture frames, one large mirror, two candlesticks and a lamp. I plan to paint a desk, a cabinet, an end table, legs on two ottomans and a chandelier. I’m hooked for sure!!! The results are artistic and gorgeous!! Oh, I almost forgot, it’s a snap to clean paintbrushes, even if left overnight (or longer), just rinse with water. This paint has my highest recommendation.

  11. I don’t comment much, but I wanted to weigh in just to say Thanks! I love your site, always fun, and your sense of humor cracks me up. Keep up the great work!

  12. Great makeovers! I have been dying to try chalk paint for some time now.

    So here’s what we need to do… you need to get Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint to give you freebies, which you then giveaway on Better After, which I then win, okay? Thanks! :)

  13. Thank you for the info, I was also wanting to know what I was missing, however it is still to pricey for me at this point! I love the look, great pieces.

  14. I agree, this paint is awesome. Someone asked what the finish is like before the wax…it is very “chalky” and matte. It must have a protective coat of wax unless you are going to use it as a chalkboard, which you can do with a few coats. I agree it is pricey, but honestly, I was able to finish 5 drawer dresser with about 1/4 of a quart and no primer or sanding. I didn’t have to buy primer and the time I saved made it well worth it. I just used Minwax paste wax and it worked great (and was cheaper than theirs), So, I made over the entire piece and spent less than $10. Pretty economical to me. I wouldn’t use it for everything, but I do love it and am going to order another color to try.

  15. I love this look! I just recently caught the bug of refinishing furniture and I am having a blast. I am learning so much from different blogs. Thank you for sharing all your techniques.

  16. I’ve never heard of this….revolutionary!!!!

  17. Thanks so much for featuring me! I definitely would have given a reveiw for you if asked. :P I really like the paint, A LOT. You can buy it from stockists if you have one that is local. I fortunately do, and I pay, including tax, $42 for one quart. Expensive? YES! But I love that it cuts project time in half, and you don’t have to use a lot of paint to cover whatever you want to cover. And you can add a little water to the paint to spread it out, and make it easier to paint with. You can even use the paint inside, no fumes! Love that.

    Thanks again for the feature!

  18. I’m going to be buying this for paint to retouch my gramophone!! Thanks so much for letting sharing this product with us!!!!!

  19. hi thanks for the mention!! i actually did the dresser myself, sorry i guess i missed that! susan

  20. I’ve seen instructions in blogland for making your own chalkpaint (that way it comes in the color you want!) Forget where I saw it first, but here’s a link to Apartment Therapy… http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/how-to/how-to-make-your-own-chalkboard-paint-016134 and there’s also a recipe on Martha Stewart.com… Good luck!

  21. the couch behind the featured table in the past two pics, we have the same Ashley set! lol. I see thiss et everywhere now since we purchased ours back in Aug 2009.

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