Creative Ways to use Chalk Paint
Chalk paint has taken over the world as far as paint is concerned, and everyone is looking for creative ways to use chalk paint in their homes.
Since the introduction of chalk paint way back in 1990, chalk paint is now the go-to paint for anything and everything DIY. You can use chalk paint on furniture - even upholstered furniture, you can use it to paint your kitchen cabinets if you want a truly matte finish, and you can use chalk paint in other ways too. We look at unique and different ways to use chalk paint in a home, and some of these ideas are truly brilliant.
Its ability to paint on brick, concrete, glass, fabric, wood, metal or melamine, chalk paint gives you to freedom to paint on almost any surface in a home.
Chalk Paint on Walls
Move over flat and matte paints, there's a new paint in town that gives a truly luxurious finish on walls in the home. Chalk paint is the ultimate matte paint that doesn't reflect light, looks like velvet and disguises imperfections.
One of the easiest paints to work with, no preparation is necessary - other than cleaning the walls beforehand, and so simple for any painting project. The available colours are not what you would normally find in a colour palette either, tending more towards muted hues
Chalk paint brings a rich texture to walls and provides a luxurious looking finish that enhances a room with depth and texture. Keep in mind, however, that because of its matte properties, it isn't exactly scrubbable, which is why it is best kept for feature walls or areas that are not high traffic. For a truly washable finish, apply several coats of Topcoat/Sealer or use a clear matte polyurethane sealer to finish off.
If you have a wall or walls in your home that you are thinking about painting, there are plenty of options out there but none that offers the ultra-flat matte of chalk paint. Not only is it easy to apply and gives excellent coverage, but it also brings a soft-looking texture to walls that are hard to beat with other paint finishes.
Because chalk paint can be applied to many surfaces, it can also be used on wood or metal trim to enhance architectural details or highlight design features such as in the sunroom below.
Chalk paint is versatile and can be used on a wide range of fittings in the home, but do be sure to check that the brand of chalk paint you buy is up for the job. Annie Sloan formulated the successful brand in 1990 and still, today, is considered one of the best chalk paint products out there.
Chalk Paint on Floors
With chalk paint having the ability to stick to almost any surface, it didn't take long for decorators to discover a new use - painting wood, laminate and tiled floors. It might not be as durable as some other paints but if protected with a sealer on the finished paint, it does provide an affordable alternative to replacing a floor.
Chalk paint works extremely well on wood floors and leaves a matt finish with a velvet appearance that teams beautifully if you want a distressed look.
There are hundreds of how-to articles and videos on the Web that detail how easy it is to paint a wooden or tiled floor with chalk paint, and most of these can attest to the fact that using chalk paint on floors does work. It might not be permanent and only last a couple of years or a bit longer, but it's a great way to start saving up for a more permanent solution.
Having said that a chalk painted floor is not a permanent solution, it is one that is perfect for a house decorated in country, rustic, cottage or Shabby Chic style. Over time, the floor takes on a distressed finish that complements these living spaces as the floor achieves a worn patina. If you regularly apply a clear polyurethane sealer every 12 to 18 months, the painted finish will last even longer.
When painting a floor with chalk paint, you have a choice of using a single colour or two colours if you want to distress the floor. There is also the opportunity to use a bought floor stencil or to make your own stencil design.
Chalk paint on Mouldings and Trim
The matte finish of chalk paint makes it ideal for using to highlight architectural details, vintage trimmings or wall panelling. The luxurious matte of chalk paint is perfect for highlighting details. If you want to bring authentic character or an aged patina to a detailed wall or ceiling, use chalk paint and then sand back on the detailed areas to bring texture and depth into play.
You can have more fun with chalk paint than other paints because it is easy to apply, quick-drying and requires no initial preparation. And that's not even including the fact that chalk paints can be applied to a variety of finishes.
Chalk paint disguises imperfections on a plaster finished wall and brings a wood- or SupaWood beadboard panelled wall to life.
Chalk Paint on Staircases
Who needs a carpet runner on a staircase when you can use chalk paint to add a painted-on design like the one shown below? Just like you can use chalk paint on floors, you can also use chalk paint on stairs and staircases, and this allows you to express your creativity in a new way.
The most common technique for painting a staircase is to use a single base colour and a second colour to add detail. Finish off the stairs with several coats of polyurethane sealer in matt or gloss finish.
Add personality and interest to a plain staircase simply by adding a chalk paint design to highlight the stairs.
Chalk paint on Furniture
With its textured finish and ease of application, chalk paint started as an easy way to finish off furniture. The fact that it is able to stick to a surface and how you can achieve a distressed finish has made it one of the most popular paints of the 21st century.
For painting furniture, chalk paint has no equal. It is used around the world to transform dark or old-fashioned furniture to give it a new look, used on newer furniture to give vintage appeal and used in so many other ways because it can be applied to so many different materials. But there is no doubt that chalk paint can be used on furniture and built ins.
With chalk paint you can achieve custom looks on all types of furniture. Use on wood, glass, melamine, plastic and more.
Chalk Paint on Upholstered Pieces
If there's a first time for anything, you can be certain that a blogger will attempt it. I was probably one of the first people to use spray paint on fabric and it wasn't long before someone cottoned on that you can use chalk paint on fabric as well.
To apply chalk paint on upholstered fabric, only apply light coats and use a stencil brush or similar that allows you to press the paint into the fabric. It might feel a bit stiff in the beginning but will soften with use. The best way to fuse the paint into the fabric is to leave the painted piece in the sun for a day and the heat will complete the bonding process.
And of course, as bloggers are want to do, chalk paint has been tried and tested on all types of fabric, including leather. After painting leather furniture with chalk paint, rub down with clear wax for a smooth, satin finish that enhances leather furniture.
Keep in mind when wanting to paint furniture with chalk paint that the colour you choose should always be darker than the colour of the fabrics or textiles.