An Ode to Chalk Paint

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Since my very first post was devoted to a chalk paint project, it seemed only fitting to continue on with my love of all things chalk paint.


And yes, I really, truly mean it when I say love. Just look at all of the furniture projects I’ve slapped a few layers of chalk paint onto (and this is the tip of the iceberg – I’ve even painted doors!).


Ok, backing up to the beginning of the story: once upon a time I had never heard of chalk paint, and my DIY life was sad. I wandered into the hardware store, randomly picked out paint for projects, and proceeded to battle drippy, smelly paint that took forever to dry. And, you know, managed to get the paint on pretty much everything.

But when I was preparing to paint a coffee table I had built, I came across Rust-Oleum’s Chalked line of paint at my Home Depot, and did some research on it. As it turns out, what I found out fit my needs perfectly:

  • Low VOC
  • Quick drying
  • Easy clean up
  • No work needed in advance

That list has literally solved every issue I’ve had with painting projects – my house isn’t filled with the strong scent of paint while my kids are upstairs fast asleep (hopefully) and I can whip through a project in an evening without any pre-planning.

What’s that? You didn’t know that chalk paint dries in 30-40 minutes and you can literally paint over painted surfaces?! It is an amazingly beautiful thing. If that doesn’t sell you on chalk paint, I really don’t know what will.

And as a bonus, if you’re not concerned about retaining the matte, chalky finish that chalk paint is known for, you can easily paint it with a water-based polycrylic (I like Minwax).

I know there are criticisms out there about the durability of chalk paint, however, I have overall found it to be quite tough, even in a higher traffic area like my kitchen.

In short: if you have limited time and big DIY dreams, chalk paint is a sure-fire way to transform everything from furniture and cabinets to doors. You’re welcome.


2 thoughts on “An Ode to Chalk Paint

  1. Oh my goodness! I bought that exact same can of paint and was going to use it to do a pair of nightstands. Instead I used spray paint since they were difficult spindles. Love the name of your site too!


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