How to chalk paint in 3 easy steps 

I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I found some amazing chairs that I LOVED, but they were WAY out of my price range. I said goodbye to them and soon found some awesome chairs with great potential. I decided to buy those chairs and do the same chalk paint idea on those chairs as I saw on the super expensive chairs.

I realized how easy Chalk painting actually was, but when I tried to find the how to do it before I started it  was over complicated, so I decided to keep it simple.


Washing was the easiest and the hardest step. It was easy because it was just a little bit of dish soap and a lot of elbow grease. There were a few spots I had to really dig into to get some of the grime off. I bought these second hand, so I was for sure going to clean them off. But, cleaning them off gives it a blank canvas to paint on and because it is chalk paint you don’t have to hand it to get any other finishes off which was nice! img_1275This step was the hardest for me. I am so used to painting on canvas or painting on something else that going thin was a challenge, but it does give the best result. Give it a thin coat even if you can see some of the wood showing through. For what I was going to I wanted it to look a little roughed up so I knew if I didn’t get it completely covered it would be covered up by the second coat and would give it the distressed look I wanted. I did the chairs in sets of three. I did each first coat then went back and did the second coat. The paint dries very quickly so I didn’t have to worry about letting it sit. 
This part was new for me, I had never used wax before. I did very thin coats around the whole thing with an old t-shirt. I focused mainly on the seat and on the tops of the chairs, basically where they would get the most action. I did one thin coat everywhere and then did a second coat on the high traffic areas. Once we got the hang of it this step went by pretty quickly.

Chalk paint is so much easier than I thought and it gives it a rustic yet modern theme to furniture. Here is a picture of the before and after of the chairs. They were some basic wooden chairs that were created into a more stylish look. I love how the chairs are different from each other but have the same features. I can’t wait to see how they look in Jeremy and I’s apartment!

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