Rust-Oleom Chalk Paint Furniture without Sanding

Rust-Oleom Chalk paint and Spray Chalk Paint

Rust-Oleum chalk paint caught my attention because the product did not require any sanding. My first project to chalk paint furniture was on a 1980’s style dresser and chest. The dresser and chest were a very shiny chestnut color, so even if I changed the hardware the dresser would still look outdated. The furniture was made of solid wood, so I figured why not try chalk paint to give it an update. I also, use chalk paint on an accent table and a mirror and got great results.

Chalk Paint

Step 1

Remove all hardware and place in a plastic bag in case you want to reuse the hardware. Saving the hardware was my husband’s idea, I rolled my eyes when he said to save it because he likes to keep random things. I am one of those people that opens their mail over the trash and throws out everything. Even though I had no intention of reusing the original hardware because I thought it was ugly, I ended up using it on the final product. I guess he was right this time- Sigh!

After removing the hardware, remove all drawers and wipe down the areas of the drawers and dresser that are going to be painted. I used a damp soapy sponge to clean the dresser and drawers. After everything was dry, I began to apply the first coat.

Chalk Paint Dresser
Here is a picture of the original hardware. I purchase other hardware but it just didn’t look as good as the original.

Step 2

I used a Wooster Angled brush to paint all grooves and areas that a high density foam roller would not be able to cover. After I finished with the Wooster brush, I used the high density foam roller to apply a thin coat of Rust-Oleum chalk paint over all the areas on the front of each drawer and dresser. The high density foam roller helps to smooth any brush strokes that you can’t get to blend.

Step 3

After the first coat dried a few hours, I went back and applied a second coat of Rust-Oleum chalk paint to all areas of the dresser and drawers. I only applied a total of 2 coats to the dresser and chest to achieve the look I was going for. I let the second coat of paint dry overnight before applying a protective clear coat.

Chalk Paint Dresser
Here is the final product

Step 4

Optional: If you want a more rustic distressed look use a very fine sandpaper and lightly sand corners of the dresser. This will remove some of the Rust-Oleum chalk paint giving the dresser a distressed look.

I chose not to give the dresser a distressed look and instead I applied a clear protective coat in satin finish. This gave the dresser a very light shine while offering protection from chipping.

Step 5

After the clear coat has dried for several hours, start adding the hardware to the dresser. I ordered new hardware, but I decided I liked the look of the original hardware better. The cool tone of gray paint really popped with the warm gold hardware.

Chalk Paint Dresser
Chalk Paint Furniture – Dresser

Products used for painting the dresser and Chest:

Rust-Oleom Spray Chalk Paint- Aged Gray Ultra Matte Finish

I loved this Rust-Oleum spray chalk paint! It was very easy to apply and gave a nice matte finish. I preferred the spray chalk paint over regular paint for this project this small accent table has a lot of small details. The spray chalk paint easily covered these areas in just 2 quick coats.

Chalk Spray Paint

Step 1

I lightly sanded the accent table that I was going to chalk paint because it was very old and had some minor chipping. I wanted to try to smooth out some of the imperfections with a light sanding. If you are happy with the look of your item before you spray it, then no need to sand. I then wiped down the accent table before I started to spray on my first coat of Rust-Oleum spray chalk paint.

Step 2

I made sure to spray the accent table in a well-ventilated area and I protected the surrounding area with drop cloths. I also, wore safety glasses, gloves, and a mask to protect myself from the fumes. Make sure to thoroughly shake the can for about a minute to mix the paint. Once I was geared up, I began to spray on the first coat by holding the can 10-12 inches from the accent table. I sprayed the paint evenly left to right and not too heavily. You do not want to spray the paint too heavy because the paint will start to drip.

Chalk Paint Accent Table
The before of the accent table.

Step 3

Let each coat dry about an hour before applying the second coat. I only applied a total of 2 coats, and I did not apply a protective topcoat. I really like the matte finish on this table, and I wasn’t worried about this table getting chipped. If you want to give your item a more rustic distressed look, use very fine sandpaper and lightly sand some corners.

Products used to Spray Chalk Paint the Accent Table:

Rust-Oleom Spray Paint– Satin Finish in Navy

Chalk Paint Mirror
Before

I also, used spray painted a mirror using all of the above same steps. This mirror was previously a shiny silver and I sprayed it in a navy blue. The mirror wasn’t in bad condition before and looked decent but when we bought out home the seller left 6 of these huge mirrors! Since the mirror was being sprayed a darker color, I had to use 3 coats of chalk paint. When using darker colors, you typically need more coats to prevent the item from looking streaky.

Chalk Paint Mirror
Chalk Paint Furniture – Mirror

Let me know if you have any questions or need any advice! I hope you found this post helpful.

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