Chalk Paint Tutorial

I’ve blogged about many different chalk paint projects, but I felt like I needed to provide a basic, step-by-step chalk paint tutorial for you.

Simple Chalk Paint Tutorial

Chalk paint is so great because it requires no prep work.  You don’t need to sand or strip paint – you just go for it! For this tutorial, I’m using a wooden plaque I picked up at a craft store.  But you will use this same technique on furniture, cabinets, or whatever else you are chalk painting.

How to use chalk paint

For the chalk paint, I am using Annie Sloan chalk paint.  You can find local retailers by going to her website.  There are several other chalk paint options out there – don’t be afraid to test them out!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

First, paint the entire piece with chalk paint.  I often use a brush (for larger areas I sometimes use a small roller), and you’ll find that a little paint goes a long way.  You may only need one coat, but I find that I usually need two.  This paint dries really fast, and you’ll be able to tell when it’s dry.  Apply the second coat of paint AFTER the first coat is dry.

Painting with chalk paint

Chalk Paint

You can use other finishes, but Annie Sloan’s wax is one of my favorites. Apply two coats of wax on the piece using a wax brush.  You DO NOT have to wait for the first coat to dry before adding the second coat. I love wax for furniture pieces, but I would NOT recommend wax on tabletops, desktops, or cabinets.  Go here to see why I don’t recommend wax on kitchen cabinets.

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

Applying Clear Wax

Like the paint, a little wax goes a long way.  It’s pretty easy to see if you’ve missed any spots.  After you have applied the wax with the brush, use a lint-free cloth to buff and remove any extra wax. Buffing the Wax

This next step is optional.  Dark wax is good if you want to bring out details and/or like the aged look.  You must first apply the clear wax BEFORE you apply the dark wax.  Go easy on the dark wax.  You won’t need much! Annie Sloan Dark Wax

In this tutorial, I only applied dark wax around the edges.  You can buff with a lint-free cloth as you did with the clear wax.

Applying Dark Wax

If you first applied the clear wax BEFORE you applied the dark wax, you can use the clear wax to erase and dark wax mistakes or if you find that you want a little dark wax.  Dip the cloth in the wax and rub away the dark wax. Clear wax as an eraser

 You can sand the edges if you really like the distressed look.  In my tutorial, it’s hard to see the distressing since I painted white over a light wood.  However, sanding the edges can add a lot of interest.  Especially if you paint over a dark piece of wood. Sanding Chalk Paint

One more thing you can add to the chalk paint is gilding wax.  This can be found at any craft store and comes in a variety of colors.  I used my finger and apply this.  For this tutorial, I applied the gold wax to the edges. Gilding Wax

Gold Wax

And that’s the end of the tutorial!  Once you get started, you’ll find that chalk paint is really user-friendly.  Here are some projects I’ve done with chalk paint: This first project is a headboard I paint with chalk paint (I also painted the upholstered fabric).  The headboard was gold, and I painted it with gray chalk paint and used clear and dark wax.  I also distressed/sanded it.  To see more, click HERE.

Gray Chalk Paint Distressed and Dark Wax

This next piece was a dark trunk that I painted with gray chalk paint.  I used clear and dark wax as well as the gold gilding wax.

Gray Chalk Paint with Gold Wax

This ornate piece is part of my daughter’s bedroom set which was originally white.  I used gray chalk paint and clear and dark wax.  I also sanded it.

Chalk Paint with Dark Wax

This is my daughter’s headboard.  The piece was originally white, and I painted it with turquoise chalk paint.  I used clear wax and sanded.  To see more in her room, click HERE.

Chalk Paint with Clear Wax

This is a hutch I painted for my kitchen.  The hutch was originally dark, and I used yellow chalk paint.  I used clear and gold gilding wax and heavily sanded.  You can see more if you click HERE.

Distressed Yellow Chalk Paint

I painted the legs on my dining room table gray.  The table was originally dark, and I used clear wax and a little sanding.  You can see more by clicking HERE.

Gray Paint with Clear Wax

This is a free dresser that was handed down to me.  It was dark, and I used white and gray chalk paint.  I also used clear and dark wax and sanded the piece.  You can see more by clicking HERE.

White Paint with Dark Wax

This is a bench that we made from a headboard.  The headboard was originally a tan color, and I used green chalk paint with clear wax.  I also sanded it.  You can see more on this project by clicking HERE.

Green Chalk Paint Clear Wax

I also have a FREE chalk paint tips printable you can get by clicking HERE. I hope after reading through this tutorial you have the confidence to go for it!  Chalk paint is a fun and easy way to instantly transform a piece. Go create something!

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The Perfect Coral Paint

Today I’m sharing how I created the perfect coral paint.

 Mixing the Perfect Coral with Chalk Paint

I was recently asked by a friend to paint her daughter’s bedroom furniture.  The daughter wanted this to be the inspiration for her new bedroom: (Image found on Pinterest)

Hale Navy Pin

I am not sure of the source of this design board, but it is a gorgeous inspiration!  I love the contrast of the deep navy with the playful coral.  The two colors compliment each other so well.

The furniture my friend gave me has already painted a soft pink.

Painting Furniture

It was very pretty, but this almost ten-year-old was ready for something a little more grown-up and bold.

Coral Vanity

To get this coral color, I used three Annie  Sloan colors:

Coral Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Barcelona Orange – Pure White – Emperor’s Silk I mixed: 1:2:1 1 part Barcelona Orange: 2 parts Pure White: 1 part Emperor’s Silk And this was my result:

Annie Sloan custom Coral

I think this is the perfect coral paint color!

I also painted the dresser in the same color.

Chalk Painted Coral Dresser

Coral Dresser

I used gold paint for the handles and accents.  The coral and gold accents work so well together.  I think I am in love!

Would you be brave enough to add coral and gold to your home?

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Coral Dresser with Gold Handles

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Paint a Fabric Chair with Chalk Paint

Today I’m sharing how to paint a fabric chair with chalk paint.

I’m not afraid to paint things.  My motto is: it’s just paint – you can always repaint!  However, I was a little skeptical of the recent popularity of painting upholstered furniture.  But, I can now add it to my list because I painted a fabric chair!

Paint a fabric chair with chalk paint

The chair I painted was 10 years old, and I actually had it in my Goodwill pile.  It looks much better in the photo, but it has seen some wear and tear.


Lena had drawn on it, there was a hole in the upholstery, and the seat was pretty grimy – despite my numerous attempts to clean the seat.  Honestly, this picture does the chair way too much justice. Anyway, I had seen lots of Pinterest pins on people painting upholstered furniture, and I decided this was the perfect opportunity to test it out. So, I pulled out my Annie Sloan Chalk paint (Duck Egg, Old Ochre, and clear wax) and got to work!


I painted the fabric in Annie Sloan Duck Egg and the wooden legs and arms in Annie Sloan Old Ochre. For my first coat of paint on the fabric (I did two coats), I dipped the brush in water before I dipped it in the paint.  It helps the fabric absorb the paint better.  The first coat took a while, but it wasn’t hard.  Just a little time-consuming.


It was a little boring at this point, so I decided to give it some stripes – inspired by the beach towel I was painting on…



Or inspired by Lena’s little striped socks sticking out in the top right of the photo? 😉 Anyway, I taped off the stripes.  I didn’t measure, but I attempted to visually make them straight and even. PaintedChair5

I used frog tape, and it worked great!  I really think frog tape is worth the extra money.


Next, I sanded down everything.  I usually sand after I remove the wax, but I find that I go through so much sandpaper this way.  The wax really gunks up the sandpaper fast.  So, sanding before the wax worked well, but I did have to blow off all the dust before I added the wax.

PaintedChair8   PaintedChair9

I used a bigger wax brush for this project.  It helps the waxing process go so much quicker! (By the way, I need some lotion on those hands!)


Then, I used a lint-free cloth (t-shirt) to buff the wax. I was seriously impressed at how easy it was to paint fabric.  And, the fabric still can move.  The paint doesn’t crack – at least not yet! I wouldn’t do this on a “tv watchin'” chair, but it will make the best office chair!


Would you paint a fabric chair with chalk paint?

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Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets with chalk paint is a great option because it eliminates the need to sand, strip or prime.  It does, however, have a more rustic look and brush lines are more visible with this type of paint.

When I first decided to take on my kitchen cabinets, I decided to take on the small section under the stove.  Then it turned into one wall of the uppers which led to the next wall of cabinets.  Well, this week I painted the lower cabinets too.  I blame all this on two friends who were painting (all) their cabinets.  I  didn’t want to be left behind, so I painted what I had left. But first, here is the kitchen before:

Painting Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint

And the after:

painting kitchen cabinets



I painted all the cabinets in Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.  The Uppers are painted in Annie Sloan Old Ochre and the lowers are painted in Annie Sloan Versailles.  To see a more detailed look at how I did it, you can check out my (step by step!) tutorial on painting cabinets with chalk paint HERE or check out my DIY feature on

**IMPORTANT UPDATE** I hated the wax sealer on my kitchen cabinets and ended up repainting them all.  To see that process (and photos of why I hated the wax) click HERE.  Save yourself the time and trouble and don’t use wax as your sealer in the kitchen!

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***UPDATE*** I had several of you ask where my stove was.  It’s on a separate wall – directly across from the wall my dishwasher is on.  To see more click HERE or on the pic below. BeforeANDafter

Four years after moving into this house, we remodeled the kitchen.  To see the newly updated space, click HERE!


Painting Cabinets with Chalk Paint

Last year, I painted my bathroom cabinets, and it was a REALLY long process.  See how I cut out a lot of time by painting my cabinets with chalk paint.


I did it the “traditional” way, and you can take a look at that post HERE. However, considering my kitchen has (what feels like) a thousand more doors, I knew that process may not be the best solution for my kitchen.  Or my sanity. kitchenBEFORE

So, I decided to give the chalk paint method a try.  Chalk paint doesn’t require prep work or sanding.  (Although I did clean my doors considering there are 15 years of kitchen grease layered on them.)

Here’s my (I don’t claim to be a chalk paint pro) 9 step chalk paint cabinet tutorial:

1) Remove the cabinet doors and all the hardware.

This is my second to the least favorite part of the process.  My least favorite part is putting the hardware back on.  There is always a cabinet door that ends up hanging funny.



2) Clean the wood with a cleaner to remove any dirt/grime.


3) Tape off any areas where you don’t want to get paint.


3) Start Painting!   Forget about sanding and pull out the paint.  I used Annie Sloan’s “Old Ochre.”  I did two coats of paint on everything.


cabinets.before.13 copy  

4) Wax. Once the two coats of paint are dry, you can begin to wax.  Since I was doing kitchen cabinets, I applied three coats of Annie Sloan’s clear wax on everything.  It’s much quicker than it sounds.

**March 2015 UPDATE**  

Although my wax has held up well, it isn’t the easiest to clean.  If you scrub too hard, the wax can be removed.  If I were to do this over again, I would use a polycrylic for a finish instead of the wax.  The reason I didn’t do this the first time around was because I was afraid of yellowing the paint.  However, the more I research, the more I find that there is polycrylic that really is clear and doesn’t yellow!

cabinets.before.17 cabinets.before.18

 5) Buff the wax. Use a lint free cloth to rub in the wax and remove any clumps. (I use old t-shirts for this.)  

6) Sand. If you want to distress the cabinets some, use sandpaper after you’re done waxing.  I lightly sanded the edges of the cabinets and doors.


7) (optional) Buff. 24 hours after the final wax, you can go back and buff the wood if you want more of a sheen.  

8) Put back the hardware and cabinet doors.  

9) Enjoy your “new” cabinets!


Would you try painting cabinets with chalk paint?

I did my kitchen in stages to preserve my sanity.  I did a few groupings a week until I have what you see above.  

*Also, I’m keeping the lower cabinets wood – for now. 😉

*UPDATE (2/21/14): The unpainted lower cabinets didn’t last long.  They have been painted.  Check out how they look HERE.  

Also, if you still want to see more about painting cabinets, this tutorial was featured in the DIY section of

*UPDATE (7/24/16): I ended up repainted my cabinets because I did not love the wax as a sealer.  To see why click HERE.

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