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!

24 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.

  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. 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!

    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!

  4. 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!

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