Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint on Furniture

Okay, I am going to be honest with you here, I am not a big fan of chalk paint. I do not get the craze with this stuff. Chalk paint isn’t bad option if you are looking to a distress a piece of furniture, but the paint can be tough for beginners and it doesn’t hold up that great.

Many websites state that you do not have to sand with this product. This may be true, but I think it all depends on the surface that you are painting for the paint to really stick.

I recently repurposed a very shiny outdated dresser without sanding. The chalk paint was a little tricky to apply because it goes on streaky during the first coat. The paint does start to look better after more coats are applied, but you have to be careful or you can easily chip the paint off.

I added a clear coat to the dresser that I painted, and after a few years the chalk paint has started to crack and chip in several places. I think I should have sanded the dresser, so the paint would have a better grip on the wood.

I wouldn’t recommend this product unless you prefer a distressed matte look to your furniture. Since, I have such good luck with Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel, I would recommend this paint perfect for any wood furniture or cabinet project.

This paint is tintable, so you can choose any color for your project. Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel is also, very easy to apply and only a couple coats of paint was needed to cover my bathroom vanity and mirror frame.

If you do prefer to go ahead with chalk paint for your project, I have provided the steps that I used to complete my chalk paint project.

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.

I had no intention of reusing the original hardware because I thought it was ugly. I am glad I saved the hardware because I ended up using it on the final product.

Now that the hardware has been taken off, remove the drawers from the dresser and wipe down everything with a dry rag to clean off any dust. I also, 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 Chalk Paint brushes to paint all grooves and areas that a high density foam roller would not be able to cover. After I finished with the Chalk Paint 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 blend for a softer look.

Step 3

After the first coat dried for 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

Step 4

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

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 original gold hardware.

Chalk Paint Dresser
Chalk Paint Furniture – Dresser

Project Update

It has been a few years since I painted the above dresser, The dresser doesn’t look terrible, but there is some minor cracking and chipping in the paint. Overall the dress looks decent, but I wouldn’t use chalk paint again.

I wouldn’t recommend this product unless you prefer a distressed matte look to your furniture. Since, I have such good luck with Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel, I would recommend this paint perfect for any wood furniture or cabinet project.

Products used for painting the dresser and chest:

Rust-Oleum 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.

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. 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.

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 thick. You do not want to spray the paint too heavy because the paint will start to drip.

Chalk Paint 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.


Products used to Spray Chalk Paint on the Accent Table:

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