It’s time to play a game I like to call “What’s the diff?” where we learn how two similar things we’ve been mistaking for one another are actually not the same thing at all. For instance: a sports bra is not the same thing as a shirt. I’m talking to you, Miley Cyrus. I think the rest of us know the difference there.
But what about chalk paint vs. chalkboard paint? Did you know those are also not the same thing? It’s true!
Chalk paint is thusly named because of it matte, chalk-like appearance. Super easy to use, and doesn’t require you to sand first. It also distresses easily and can be given different finishes with wax and glaze. Here’s an example from Sandi at I’m A Yarner. She used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Louis Blue on this buffet and finished it off with a dark wax. Lovely!
Chalkboard paint, on the other hand … or buffet … does exactly what it sounds like: turns your surface into a chalk board. What better use for it than on a fold-out buffet like this? It’s perfect for hosting a party and labeling all your treats and drinks right there on the top. Heidi at Heidi Schatze used Rustoleum chalkboard paint here, but there are also recipes out there to make your own, and in different colors too!
And now you know the diff!