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Transform dark wood furniture with Chalked paint

Rust-Oleum's Chalked Ultra Matte paint is perfect for transforming dark furniture into wonderful painted pieces that match the decor in your home.


While there are plenty of chalk paints on the market, and even recipes to make your own chalk paint, I have discovered that Rust-Oleum's Chalked Ultra Matte paint is the most affordable and is super easy to use. You will find instructions in our Decorating section for using Rust-Oleum's Chalked paint, and more information on this product in our Rust-Oleum Crafts section. You will find the selection vintage Rust-Oleum Chalked paint colours at your local Builders Warehouse.

Not everyone loves dark wood furniture and whether you inherit a piece of dark wood furniture, or come across a bargain secondhand find, it is sure to be in need of TLC.





In most instances these pieces are scratched and dented, or covered with layers of wax. That's where Chalked paint makes it so easy to give these pieces a makeover. All you need to do is give the furniture a light sanding and then apply the paint.

Cracks are another common defect found on many older pieces of furniture. Wood continuously expands and contracts and changes in ambient conditions can cause even more movement in wood, as will lack of regular application of wood treatment products.

Because Chalked paint is so thick, it easily covers up any cracks to hide these imperfections.

Missing detail is another fault you may come across on older furniture. You have the option to simply disguise this with paint (as shown above and below) or to use Alcolin QuikWood epoxy putty to mould replacement pieces. I use QuikWood all the time for repairs in wood furniture projects and maintenance in and around the home.

After painting your dark wood furniture you can decide the level of distressing that you want. A light distress is simply to sand edges and corners and rub around detailing, while a heavier distress may involve removing paint from the surface as well. At the end of the day the choice is yours.

When finishing your Chalked painted furniture, you can choose between a coat of antique wax over the painted surface, or apply Rust-Oleum Chalked top coat. Bear in mind that if you use antique wax, this needs to be applied regularly to ensure maximum protection.

If you are going for contrast and are leaving any surfaces unpainted, use one of the Woodoc range of products to stain or seal after sanding.