Chalk Paint Furniture with the Best Products

Chalk paint furniture to breath new life into interiors

To chalk paint furniture is a true hype among home decorators; not the least because it is easy to apply and creates a vivid vintage finish on almost any surface. Chalk paint is a versatile product which is suitable for walls and floors but has reached the most popularity as a furniture paint. You should choose to chalk paint furniture when you are after a matt but vivid and slightly uneven finish which exudes vintage flair and charm of the old times, but fits perfectly in a modern home.

5 facts you need to know about chalk paint

  1. Easy to apply – chalk paint is the only furniture paint that is ideal also for lazy painters: removing grease and dust suffices as surface preparation and the paint doesn’t require thinners.
  2. Eco-friendly and safe – chalk paint consists of minerals, pigments and water. It is completely free of harmful substances and therefore, safe to be applied for example to children’s rooms. Milk paint is another non-toxic paint option.
  3. Brush marks remain visible – Chalk paint always results in a textured finish. It is applied with a brush, and if not diluted with water, brush marks will remain visible.
  4. Vulnerable to deterioration and stains – As chalky furniture paint results in a breathable matt finish, it is not protected from deterioration and it is likely to absorb the smallest stains, it is not waterproof. This can be prevented by applying a layer of lacquer on it.
  5. Topcoat changes properties – If chalk paint is protected with a layer of lacquer or varnish, the paint loses its breathability and its matt appearance may become compromised depending on the used topcoat.

The UK’s most popular chalky furniture paint products

chalk paint furniture by Autentico
Clear Clouds Vintage Furniture Paint by Autentico

Autentico Vintage Furniture Paint

If you are looking for a highly porous furniture paint which is rich in colour and approved for use for children’s furniture and toys, you might Autentico’s Vintage Furniture Paint. In the UK, this paint is available in 30 shades of blue green and grey.

Next to the Vintage Furniture Paint range Autentico offers other chalk paint products that are suitable for painting furniture:

  • Chalk Furniture Wax
  • Vintage Chalk Paint

The Autentico Chalk products are also available in handy kits – for example if you are planning to chalk paint furniture, you could go for their Vintage Chalk Paint and Wax Deluxe Kit which includes a cleaning chemical, chalk paint, clear wax, a flat brush, a sand block for finalising the finish and a chalk paint tester pot.

rustoleum chalk paint for furniture
Chalky Finish Furniture Paint by Rust-Oleum

Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint

In case you are looking for a hard wearing furniture paint that creates a chalky look, you might be interested in Rust-Oleum’s Chalky Finish Furniture Paint. This furniture paint creates a smooth surface which is pleasant to touch. As the paint is porous, it should be protected to make it last longer. A varnish or lacquer is usually a good option as a top coat on chalk paint.

Rust-Oleum offers two products for finishing the chalk paint job:

  • Furniture Finishing Wax – finishing a chalk painted surface with a wax results in a smooth finish which retains the flat mat look of chalk paint.
  • Furniture Lacquer – using lacquer to protect the chalk paint give a slightly glossier finish. Lacquer may also cause variation in the original colour and it compromises the breathability of the paint.

Dusty Blue chalk paint furniture paint
Dusty Blue Chalk Based Furniture Paint by Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic Chalk Based Furniture Paint

Looking for an easy to apply chalk paint which comes in a whole spectrum of colours? Shabby Chic is an option to consider! This chalk paint can be applied to almost any substrate, painted or unpainted, and it is available in 36 colours. The colours available in the UK include:

  • Dusty Blue
  • Winter White
  • Nautical Blue
  • Cottage blue
  • Hot Cup of…
  • Strawberry Yoghurt
  • Latte
  • Anthracite
  • Antique White
  • Baby Pink
  • Just Peach
  • Scottish Heather
  • Chalky White
  • Clotted Cream
  • Cottage Cream
  • Grey Embrace
  • Nautical Red
  • Olivaceous
  • Duck Egg
  • Dusky Pink
  • Rhubarb & Custard
  • Caesious
  • Liquorice
  • Pebble Grey

The Shabby Chic range also includes metallic paints for walls and furniture.

gracemary chalk paint
Chalk Paint by Gracemary

GraceMary Chalk Paint – Chalk and Clay Paint

Does completely safe and eco-friendly chalk paint made of 100% natural ingredients sound like something you are looking for? GraceMary’s Chalk and Clay Paint is a chalk paint for furniture and walls available in 34 different colours. This paint covers every aspect that matters when you want to chalk paint furniture:

  • Fast drying – nothing is as boring as watching paint dry!
  • Good coverage – usually 1 coat is enough to reach sufficient coverage, if 2 coats are needed it can be done fast, thanks to the fast drying formula.
  • No primer or preparation needed – open the can, stir it and start painting!
  • Sticks to almost any surface – results in a chalky, smooth finish on materials from wood and brick to metal and leather.

Note that the Chalk and Clay Paint formula is made to prevent brush marks – if you are after a traditional chalk paint look, another product might suit your needs better.

Ronseal Chalky Furniture Paint
Chalky Furniture Paint by Ronseal

Ronseal Chalky Furniture Paint

Whether you are planning to spruce up some old furniture or give the cupboards a new look, you can do it all with one chalky product – Ronseal Chalky Furniture Paint which is also suitable for surfaces like cupboards and doors.

Also Ronseal’s furniture paint results in a smooth vintage look, but that’s not all – it is also extremely durable and protective and does not require over coating. Due to its increased resistance to wear and tear, the paint is not as breathable as chalk paints usually, it is also not as vulnerable to stains and water.

  • Available in 8 colours
  • For smooth indoor wood
  • Requires little surface preparation
  • Prevents brush marks

Tips to how to chalk paint furniture

Before you chalk paint furniture, you should define the finish you are after – chalky, matt and vivid describe the chalk paint finish, but the extent to which they are present can be influenced by few little tricks.

  • More even finish – add a tiny bit of water int the paint before starting and dip the brush in water every time before dipping it into the furniture paint.
  • More even finish after painting – if you are not happy with the rough texture, you can always sand it with fine sand paper to make the finish smoother. Note that the paint needs to be completely dry before sanding.
  • Old times’ worn out look – chalky furniture paint always results in a vintage look but if you want to add some more old days’ charm to the furniture, just pick a piece of fine sand paper and work on the corners of the piece of furniture.
  • Add some more colour – when you chalk paint furniture using two colours, one colour per layer, that is, you can make the finish more exciting by using contrasting colours and sanding the dry finish to reveal parts of the underlying colour.

Always read the manufacturer’s instructions before thinning or sanding. The effect may vary per brand and product.

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