Chalk paint is a “DIY” ers best friend for different DIY projects and makeovers. Come along with us as we share some awesome chalk paint projects to try.
You can either buy or make your own version of decorative paint. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. You can read more about this on Liz Marie’s Blog (people also left some great comments about also considering being eco-friendly).
Should I splurge on a chalk paintbrush?
Okay, since we are DIY” ers” I hate spending money. If you plan on only doing a small project then a regular brush is probably fine. However, having the right tools (like this brush) can really make your painting job easier.
A lot of “professional” chalk painters would roll their eyes at people using just a regular brush. They also may not like making your own version, but we have had a lot of success redoing furniture with DIY chalked paint.
Would I chalk paint an expensive piece of furniture?
Probably not. While I think chalk paint can take on my styles and aesthetics it is best to only paint pieces that you won’t be devastated if it doesn’t work out. We love painting free items we get from Facebook BST, other thrift stores and DIY furniture builds that use cheaper materials.
You won't believe that this was a school project that was made over using chalk paint and even staining over the chalk paint. Who would have thought stain over chalk paint would have turned out so great.
You can find mirrors in all sorts of places, flea markets, thrift stores, etc. However, they always need a refresh, and using chalk paint is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your home decor. Use steel wool to help create the distressed look on your bright colored chalk paint.
What? You can even chalk paint a piano? If you picked up Grandma's old piano and it just isn't fitting with your home decor style, then this chalk paint may be the way to go. We can only imagine the fun colors and music rooms that could be created.
Our go-to cheap way to redo furniture is to make chalk paint using plaster of Paris. We are able to create unique colors without the price tag. The blue dressers in our son's room have still held up over time.
Another item that you can always seem to find are ugly candle holders or you could even use spray chalk paint on different wood pieces to create your own. These candleholders are just another example of how cheaply you can get new items for your home using chalk paint.
This chalk-painted table definitely gives off a farmhouse vibe. However, not all chalk-painted pieces have to be farmhouse style. We have seen some awesome modern chalk-painted furniture makeovers as well (just don't distress).
Even though it takes a lot of time and work to remake chairs with chalk paint, it sure is an awesome way to add that pop of color to something you may already have. We love these fun teal-colored chalk paint colors.
Chalk Paint Projects FAQs
What is the difference between chalk paint and chalkboard paint?
Chalkboard paint is meant to create a chalkboard surface you can write on. Chalk paint has chalk in it to make it adhere to surfaces without priming.
Can you make your own chalk paint?
Yes, you can use Plaster of Paris and latex paint, calcium carbonate and latex paint or baking soda and latex paint.