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How to Paint with Chalk Paint

chalk paint project

Have you seen all the really good pins on Pinterest that make redoing furniture look super easy with chalk paint? Me too.

This tutorial will help you feel more confident when concurring with your DIY  projects using chalk paint. It is easy and makes furniture or anything wood really, look even cuter.

I thought I would start by doing something simply because I had two little helpers with me. Annabelle is 3 and Ella is 2 and they wanted to help mommy paint so bad.

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chalk paint brush from amazon

1) Buy the right tools

Projects are always easier if you have the right tools. Unfornutenlty, I do not live near a store so I tend to always buy everything off of Amazon.

Above is the brush I bought off of Amazon, as a pair. This brush is for the chalk paint. It goes on smooth and the bristles aren’t too dry. It is such a good brush!

The other brush in the set is for the wax. Pictured below. And the link to see those on Amazon is below as well.

These brushes are easy to clean and work great. I am sure other brushes would work fine too but I liked these ones for this project.

I did buy the paint and wax on Amazon as well. I shared those items below.

what brush to use for wax
hot to paint with chalk paint

2) Paint Your Item with Chalk Paint

I bought this wood spindle already cut in half from a garage sale for $5. A score! My plan was to paint them, distress them and use them in my bedroom.

The wood was already smooth so I did not need to sand it. The girls and I got to painting. It did not take long at all to paint the first coat. It was pretty messy like most projects with toddlers end up being.

I let it dry and decided it needed another coat. Two coats were plenty.

Below are the colors available from Rustoleum in chalk paint finish.

rustoleum chalk paint colors

3) Sand and Distress

As you can see above I used a small piece of sandpaper (sorry not sure the grain) and sanded the pieces. I sanded a little more in certain areas to get the worn look. Took about 5 minutes to do both.

I then dusted them off and switched out my plastic wrap underneath for the wax.

sanding after chalk paint

4) Apply Wax

How to Paint with Chalk Paint

This part was the easiest and pretty cool to see as well. I used the paste (pictured on the right) and the brush I posted above and spread it all over the pieces.

The paste was a bit thick but went on really easily. I chose a natural color. It added a bit of a creamy aged look to the white chalk paint I chose. There are a ton of different chalk paint colors and wax colors to pick from. That is up to you what colors you want.

I used a paper towel to wipe the excess off. That’s it. The wax made the spindle pieces look more polished.

chalk paint graphic
chalk paint white

Sharing helps me out so much!


  1. I like the look of chalk paint but have never tried using it before. Now I know what kind of brush and what to do and how to use chalk paint.

  2. This was one of the best chalk paint posts I have ever seen. I am feelings so inspired now! And I love how you’ve repurposed these pieces and put them on your wall. Awesome!

  3. I have been wanting to do a chalk paint project for the longest time, but keep putting it off because I am so nervous about it! I definitely will try it now!

  4. I’ve been wanting to paint my daughters bookshelf with chalk paint. I think I need to give it a try! Chalk paint makes me nervous, haha.

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