Chalk Paint® Furniture Makeover For Beginners

5 Materials
4 Hours

The secret to painting furniture is to DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT. The beauty of using a chalk paint to paint furniture is that you don't have to follow the rules and it requires no prep.Even if you've never painted a piece of furniture before, try it out on a piece that doesn't have high stakes.
Before - The Hutch on Facebook

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Find something on Facebook or at a garage sale that you like the shape and size, but not the finish.It matters less what condition it's in as long as you like the style. I found a hutch on Facebook that was the right shape for my room.The materials required are:
  • Chalk Paint - You can make your own or buy it. They sell at Home Depot or at most antique stores. I used Graphite color.
  • Chalk Paint Wax - I used the black wax. The wax almost as important as the paint. It really transforms the color and makes it deeper.
  • Cloth - You will need two, one to clean the furniture with and one to buff the excess wax off.
  • Short Cut paint brush - You don't have to use this type of brush, but it makes the painting easier.
  • Wax brush - You can also apply the wax with a cloth, but I find it goes on more evenly and faster with a brush meant for chalk paint.
The steps to paint any furniture with chalk paint.
  • Wipe the furniture so that it's free of any dust or grease. Let it dry completely before you paint.
  • Shake the chalk paint before you open it. Apply one coat covering thoroughly using a short cut brush.
  • Allow the paint to dry.
  • Even if the paint doesn't look dark enough, apply wax to a small area to see if the wax makes the paint look dark enough. When I first saw my piece covered with paint I thought it needed an extra coat, but once I got the wax on I realized it didn't.
  • Apply the wax generously and wipe off any excess.
  • Optional - I removed the back of the hutch and applied removable wallpaper to the back.
Finished Hutch!
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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Angie Weisheit
    on Jan 17, 2020

    I've got two large pieces of furniture I bought on FB marketplace, and can't wait to redo them.

    I do have one question: why do you not have to prepare a surface to be chalk painted? I've always wondered that and it scares me a bit lol! Thanks!

    • Chrystal Dugger
      29 minutes ago

      Waverly chalk paint is the best❣I use it all the time.i love it. Cheaper n just as good❤💯

  • Jackie Milich Greenawalt
    on Jan 18, 2020

    I have furniture that has some product across the top like a polyurethane. Do you know what you do if you have a piece like this before painting.

    • Andrea
      on Jan 18, 2020

      Chalk paint will go over anything but If it is high gloss, I would just scuff up the surface with steel wool or sandpaper, then go ahead and paint your piece. You don't have to sand the finish off, just rough it up.

  • Amy
    on Feb 4, 2020

    How long do you leave the wax on before taking it off?

    • Andrea
      on Feb 4, 2020


      You don't take it off really. I brushed it on quite thickly. I let it set for about 15 minutes (while I applied wax to other sections). Then I went back with a cloth and rubbed off any excess. It continues to set up and after about 24 hours you won't be able to rub any off. I hope this helps.


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  • Lori
    on Jan 17, 2020

    Have the perfect piece to try this project on. Absolutely loved your finished hutch. The colors are beautiful. Thank you for the step by step directions!

    • Andrea
      on Jan 17, 2020


      I'm so glad you liked it. I'm definitely no expert but it's a low stakes project.

      Would love to see your project.


  • Kara Wurtzel
    on Jan 19, 2020

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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