Easy Tips for Using Chalky Paint ~ 5 Projects

Chalky Paint and Home Depot DisclaimerEasy Tips for Using Chalky PaintHey y’all!  I’m back with some more chalky paint goodness today!  I’ve been painting up a storm using my favorite Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, and since I have had a few questions about how it works, I thought I would share my easy tips for using chalky paint today along with a sneak peek at some projects I have been working on!

Cut it out framesI’m going to demonstrate my tips on a small scale, because truthfully, when I start painting a piece of furniture, I really dial it in and usually forget to take photos in between. It also shows that you can use this paint on things other than furniture!

American Decor Chalky Paint and Creme WaxFor this project, I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Relique and Americana Decor Creme Wax.

Painting with Chalky PaintI started by painting the frame in Americana Decor’s version of white, Everlasting.  Next I painted the entire frame in Relique.  I used two thin coats, allowing it to thoroughly dry in between coats.

How to paint with chalky paintThe finish is beautiful without wax if you like a matte finish, but the wax really brings out the color…

Tips for painting with chalky paintFirst, I wanted to distress the frame a big.  I used a sanding block to lightly sand the edges a bit.

Distressing edges using chalky paintI love the way the white comes through a bit.

Using Creme Wax and Chalky PaintUsing a waxing brush, I lightly pulled the wax over the paint.

Buffing Wax and How to Use Chalky PaintOnce the wax dried, I buffed it out using a clean white washcloth.  (I use the same one for all of my chalky paint projects, washing in between uses)

Chalky Painted Framed Menu at mom4real.comHere is the finished frame, with a menu from Poppyseed Projects popped inside!  Perfect for keeping our family in line and eating healthy!   Wanna see a few more of the projects I have used the Americana Decor Chalky Paint on?

Chalky Painted Mason Jars Using Americana Decor Chalky Finish PaintChalky Paint Mason Jars…Click HERE to view!

Thrifted Table and Chairs MakeoverThe dining table and chairs in my breakfast nook…click HERE to view!

Chalky Painted Projects at mom4real.comAnd…a sneak peek at the new chairs in the breakfast nook and the new kitchen island cart.  I’ll be sharing those on the blog soon!

The new Americana Chalky Finish paint is available online at Home Depot!  You can have it shipped straight to your front door, or you may have it delivered to your local Home Depot store and pick it up for free! Whoop!

So…what do you think?  Have I gone a little chalky paint crazy, or do you think you may want to join me?

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I’m Jessica, a mom on a mission to show other women that you can live well without breaking the bank. I like to share the thrifty, creative ways that I make changes in my home in the hopes that it will spark the creativity in someone else! I love to share DIY projects, crafts, simple recipes and cleaning tips too!


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    Love it Jessica. I have been using this paint on several projects & I am loving it so very much! Love your new chairs..I have 4 like them & just love them.

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    Do they have samples or swatches of the chalky paint at the store? I want to see what the colors look like in person before placing an order. Thanks :) I love what you have made.

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      You may need to lightly sand it. I have heard that it’s typical with some chalk paints, but did not experience any roughness with the Americana Chalky Finish Paint at all. It is silky smooth. Hope the sanding helps! xoxo Jessica

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      Hi, Diana! You could try a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar with a couple of drops of dish liquid. That works for most grease situations. Hope this helps! xoxo Jessica

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    Debbie says

    Hi, I have been waiting to see if anyone has used the chalky paint line from Home Depot. I wanted to get some feed back on the paint. It is a lot cheaper then most chalk paint, I have made my own when I want to use chalk paint but I have wanted to try this paint line. I wanted to know if you can give me some info on the paint compared to the other paints that are out there.
    They have so many color choices as well, and also how is the wax that they offer? I would really appreciate any feed back that you can offer to me. I don’t want to end this email without telling you that I follow your blog and really enjoy your work and have gained a lot of knowledge from your work as well. I have just started painting furniture to sell for the past year so I am still learning and growing with the help from blog’s like yours. Thank you for sharing so much with use.
    Best regards

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