Chalked Paint is Amazing.

Chalked paint will transform your life, as it makes every piece of furniture you own beautiful.


  • Rustoleum Chalked Paint
  • Rustoleum Clear Matte Finish
  • Sandpaper sheets or sponge


  • Paint brush
  • Paint Stirrer

I was ecstatic when I heard that Waters was working with one of the most trusted names in paint – Rustoleum – to bring you chalk paint in our stores. And at half the cost of other brands! Incredible quality, colors and coverage = dream come true.

Chalk paint is everywhere these days. It’s a hot trend, and there’s a reason why – it works! And it’s perfect for busy people who hate a lot of prep work (me!) and want to get a project done in 2 seconds. It’s also the remedy for dated, semi-ugly to downright hideous furniture, which can be picked up on the cheap at thrift stores or garage sales.

Chalked paint is really simple to use. It’s virtually goof proof. Unlike all of the painting effect products on the market that crackle and glaze – Chalked paint is just a brush on product that you can sand a bit for a worn look (if that’s what you’re going for). And it’s adhesion properties? Like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Super Easy Steps:

Make sure your surface is clean. With Chalked paint you don’t have to sand or prime, but you do have to make sure your surface is clean.

Apply an even thin coat of paint.
– One thing I learned while working with Chalked paint was that it can not be shaken at the paint counter, and you’re going to need to stir it thoroughly with a paint stick (the good color settles quite a bit). But don’t worry – this will be the most work you’ll ever have to do with chalk paint.
-Chalked paint dries to a really smooth finish that gives it that professional look. But it dries fast, so don’t over brush or you’ll get a goopy look.
– Depending on what finished look you want, consider layering colors. For example, if you will be sanding your finish, you might want to put a dark layer under a lighter layer.
– You may only need one coat, but I recommend two. It goes on so easily, you may as well give it one more layer of protection.
-Make sure you give it 30 minutes in between coats to dry thoroughly.

You can leave it as is, or sand it to give it a worn look.
– The trick to sanding is to use a fine grit sandpaper. I also like to use a sanding sponge. I feel like I get better control that way.
– You want to sand the areas where the furniture would see usual wear and tear, so edges and corners.
– I would also recommend varying the degree of sanding from point to point so it’s not uniform.

One last step that you can do, or leave off your list, it’s totally up to you, is to apply a protective finish. Rustoleum makes a matte clear topcoat. It takes 1-2 coats and gives your newly painted furniture protection, but doesn’t take away from the chalked finish. This only needs to be applied once, unlike furniture waxes, and will enhance the color of your project.

As you can see, Chalked paint is super easy to use and the end result is amazing – worthy of a magazine spread amazing. So scour attics and basements, curbs before trash day and your local thrift shops for furniture that is ready for a new lease on life. If you have questions about Chalked paint, be sure to stop in and talk to one of Waters’ paint experts!

39 comments on “Chalked Paint is Amazing.

  1. Can you chalked paint a front door? Do you no how it stands up to heat and cold? I have both my front and back doors that need something done to them (have storm doors too). Thanks!

    1. Margaret,
      I think painting your front door with Chalked paint would be a great project! If you don’t want a glossy finish, I’d give it a go. It stands up to heat and cold well and adheres brilliantly. If you decide to do it, please post pics to our Facebook page – I would love to see the end result!

    1. Yes! That’s one of the things I LOVE about chalk paint. It adheres to almost anything. It also goes over Melamine cabinets!

    1. It does! You can paint glass, laminate, stone, brick – almost anything you can think of. Just make sure the surface is clean and free from anything oily. Good luck, let us know what you decide to paint Rene!

  2. I love chalk paint have used it for couple years . Good to know true value is selling it I will have to stop by there .

    1. I agree Elaine, it’s an amazing product and am so happy we can offer it at a lower price too! 🙂 Let me know if you have some hot tips on any other great products you’d like to see Waters carry!

    1. Oh definitely use it on old ugly kitchen cabinets Gina! And don’t throw out your cabinet hardware just yet – I found that when I painted my ugly stuff, somehow the hardware seemed to look better.

      1. Feel free to paint the hardware too. Clean it really well, scrub it with a brush and a good detergent like Dawn, let it dry, then clean them again by dipping them in alcohol. You can also clean them with liquid sander. Just like the furniture has to be really clean, so do the handles. When they’re really dry, coat them with a thin coat of a good white primer, I use Bin but Stix is good too. Then, paint them with a latex paint. You’ll be surprised at how great they hold up painted. Wish I could post a photo of the furniture I just painted!

  3. I have even seen old cloth furniture chalk painted. I have a great old chair that the fabric has become delicate that I am thinking would be a good idea to chalk paint. Since it is more of a decorative than functional it might be worth a try.
    PS: Great idea on the front door!

    1. Tracy I never would have thought of that! That makes me want to go thrift store shopping even more! 🙂

  4. What recommendations do you have for cleaning the furniture before painting? Is there a specific product that should be used?

    1. Nancy,
      No, no special products! But I would recommend a household/kitchen cleaner if your piece is oily or has some gunk on it. If it’s just grime and dirt, you could use soap and water!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      You’ll want to apply a clear polyurethane over it and it will hold up great. It is referred to as Matte Clear by Rustoleum and is just for chalk paint.
      Great question!

  5. After using the Rustoleum clear matte finish. ..can you then use wax to antique the piece?

    1. Hi Lisa,

      You can use the wax to get the finish you are looking for, however it is not recommended for heavily used areas. Great question!

    1. Hi Linda,

      If you are just wanting to reapply more coats of the Chalked Paint, re-application can be done at any time. When using the Chalked Matte Clear Finish, a light sanding using a fine sandpaper is recommended before re-coating. Thanks for the question!

  6. Please, I have just discovered this paint in South Africa and would like to know if it can be used on bedroom walls? Everywhere I have read has not given a direct answer, hoping you can! Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Martine,
      Chalked paint is intended to be used on furniture and other craft projects. It will stick to walls, however if you did not use the clear finish over the top, washing the walls will be difficult. We recommend going with an interior product that is made for use on walls that will be washable. Thanks for your question!

    1. Hi Sheila,
      You can paint over a surface that has wax on it. A good rule of thumb is to wait 2-3 weeks after the wax has been applied to paint. Another issue you could run into is if the wax was applied to heavily. If you run your hand across the surface and it feels tacky, you can wipe it down with a little mineral spirits to remove the excess wax, but don’t use too much. Then it should be ready for paint. Thanks for the question!

  7. I am wondering about trying the chalked decorative glaze over my linen chalked paint to give it a more antiqued look.. how long do I need to wait after painting my project to use this and then how long until I can use the protective top coat? ? Also any suggestions on how to apply the glaze?

  8. Can Chalk paint be used on a vinyl floor of a rv trailer,would the change in temperature hurt the paint?

  9. Would this work to paint a bathroom sink and counter top? Would there be a specific top coat that would allow this to seal the paint?

    1. Hi Sarah! This product will work well for the vanity itself, but for sinks and countertops it is not recommended. Rustoleum makes a product called “countertop paint”, which dries to a much harder finish so it holds up well. Also, we carry an epoxy coating that is made for sinks and bath tubs. It is a bright white finish and comes in a spray or brush on application. Thank you for commenting!

  10. Hi! I recently used the chalked paint to redo a nightstand. I distressed it and used the top coat but now I am thinking I did to much distressing and want to fix it. Can I paint right over the top coat or will i have to sand it down again and start over? Thanks!

    1. Hi Sara! The chalked paint sticks really well to all surfaces, but it’s always a good idea to sand or scuff up the clear coat to make sure it will bond well. You don’t need to sand much, just scuff it using a fine sheet of sandpaper, steel wool, or scotch brite pads. Thank you for commenting!

  11. Does the protective topcoat yellow?
    Am using a lighter Chalked paint color.
    Applied one coat of Matte Cleat and it has fine tinted streaks. What to do?

    1. Hi Sandi,
      The topcoat should not yellow. Being a water-based product, it should dry completely clear. Using an oil polyurethane could give the project an amber tint, but using the chalked matte finish it should not affect the final look of the project. If you need more help or advise please contact your nearest Waters True Value location. Thanks for commenting!

  12. Can you wipe on the Rustoleum Ultra Matte Top Coat with a lint-free cloth or do you have to apply it with a brush? Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi Sally,

      Per the manufacturers recommendations, it is better to use a brush. That is not to say you can’t use a cloth, but we feel the results will be better, and you will get a thicker coat, if you use a brush. Try using a good synthetic bristle brush to help eliminate brush marks.

      Thanks for Commenting!

  13. can you use chalk paint over kitchen chairs that have been stained rather than painted and have a semi gloss clear coat on them?

    1. Hi Jennifer, yes you can! We recommend that you lightly sand the clear coat before applying the new paint.

  14. Does furniture need to cure after applying the clear matte finish?
    I’m in the process of painting a loft bed in the linen white, and I’ve read about some yellowing happening after applying the chalked top coat. I plan to do 2 thin coats, soI really hope I don’t get the yellow! how long should it cure for after?

    1. Hi Angel! You should wait 8 hours or more when putting on the clear topcoat to give the basecoat time to dry. Allow 2 hours between each coat of clear. Cooler temperatures may slow the dry time down. Apply the clear with a good quality brush and coat it evenly.
      Hope that helps and good luck on your project!

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