Staining on top of chalk paint to create that wooden look...

Some wood doesn't accept stain and get the color you want... Sometimes you just want an aged weathered look... I have found over the past year the wonderful charm that can be added when you stain directly on top of the chalk painted surfaces. Take a look here for more information.
ASCP Chateau Grey and Dark Walnut Stain & Dark Wax
Le Craie Chocolat and Jacobean stain with dark wax
ASCP Coco and Jacobean stain with wipe on poly

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  • Fred
    on Dec 6, 2015

    Really nice! What's the process for doing the chalk paint/wood top finish?

  • Gail West
    on Jan 2, 2016

    I chalk painted a cabinet, but I would prefer to stain it with walnut stain. It has wax on it. Can I stain over it without sanding it?

  • Sherry Chastain
    on Mar 30, 2016

    Can I put stain over the chalk paint that has been waxed?

  • Marilyn Sanders
    on Jan 26, 2017

    What kind of stain do you use?

  • Shy Cee
    on Feb 24, 2017

    This look is just what I want for my table top. It is painted with AS Old White and I would like to get your step by step instructions if possible .... thank you so much!

  • Kris Sorensen Nichols
    on Mar 9, 2017

    I love this look! I have a dining room table that I am interested in doing this technique. If I could get your step-by-step instructions I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance!

  • Beth
    on Mar 15, 2017

    This is exactly what I want the top of my table to look like. How did you do this?

  • Jenny
    on Mar 20, 2017

    HOw did you do this? I want to do this to some shutters I have

  • Lori
    on Mar 25, 2017

    I'm new to chalk paint. Just curious why you used a stain finish (?) instead of the Annie Sloan dark wax? I love this look & would really like to re-create it! Can you list the products used? Thanks!

    • Jilly Bean
      on Jul 2, 2017

      how long does it take for stain to dry and do i need to steel wool after dry

    • Terri Ann
      on Jul 25, 2017

      I don't use steel wool , but sometimes I do use the finest grit sandpaper then wax or poly.
      But I also make my own chalkpaint with home depot acrylic testers, they mix my color choice and I add 2 tbsp of plaster of Paris. ( which is about 4$ per 2L box)
      I end up paying 4$ for my color instead of 16$ for their 8oz color.
  • Deb
    on Jul 14, 2017

    I love the way these photos look! I would like to use turn an oak tv stand into a walnut color. Will chalk paint go over varnished wood? If so, what colors of paint and stain would you recommend for me?
    • I am not the writer of this post but I have done this process many times. Especially over laminate. Yes you can go right over varnish. As for paint color you can use anything from White to dark brown depending on how dark of a Walnut you are looking for. Personally I would start with a light brown. You can build up the stain just like in any other staining process until you achieve your desired shade
  • Sue Mezz
    on Jul 23, 2017

    Hi. I love your posts! I guess my question is can wood stain be applied directly to chalk paint without the waxing step? I have an electric fireplace that is cherry. It's served me well for years but my tastes have changed over the years and it's the only cherry piece left in the room. it is dark and glossy and I want to lighten it to match a piece from pier 1 with distressed wood. Thank you in advance!
    • I have done this process myself many times. You can do this and then top it with poly just like you would in any staining process.
  • Tina P
    on Jan 28, 2018

    I have a table that is chalk painted and waxed. Can the wood stain go over the wax? Or do I have to remove wax? If so, how can that be done??? Thank you so much for any help.
    • Jennifer Greeley
      on Mar 22, 2018

      You have to remove the wax. You can remove it by using a blow dryer and a plastic scraper. If you have a heat gun, you can use that as well but don't hold it too close to the table or in one spot for too long. When finished removing the wax, clean the whole thing with mineral spirits and let dry. You can google how to remove wax from chalk painted furniture.

    • Deni R Kroening
      on Jul 31, 2018

      I've found that just using mineral spirits on a rag will quickly remove all types of wax. I always use mineral spirits to clean a piece before I start to clean off dirt, grim and any waxes that may have been applied.

  • Gette Hester
    on Feb 9, 2018

    I have a table that was chalk paid red a yellow with a wash over it. I want a weathered wood look. I can find the stain the does this but can I put it on directly without sanding ?
  • Robin-Lynn Snow
    on Feb 24, 2018

    Did you cover the top completely with a smooth finish of chalk paint and then do strokes with the stain?

  • JoAnn
    on Oct 22, 2018

    So in this technique, you used chalk right on top of the laminate table top? No sanding?

  • Zuny Maria
    on Jan 24, 2019

    I'm planning to stain my pine dining table, walnut stain, but I don't now what's the best way/product to protect the paint. I appreciate any advice, this is my first project, I need to impress my hubby and family. Thanks

    • Tracy Musgrave
      on Mar 12, 2019

      I would like to know also. I have a pine kitchen table I want to do dark walnut

    • Elaine
      on Mar 30, 2019

      I use Dixie Bell brand Gator Hide on top of all my chalk paints I use of theirs. You can use it on stains also. I really like the way 1-2 light coats protect the wood but give it just a slight glazed finish without it being too shiny maintaining an older finish. Hope that helps!

  • Marianne Gouveia
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Hello -- I used a Jolie chaulk paint with a gray stain on top and it is very tacky. It has been 3 days --any ideas of why this happened and how I can fix it?

    • Regina
      on Apr 20, 2019

      Did you put a flat, satin or gloss clear coat over the chalk paint letting it dry for 2 days; then apply the gray stain? The coating over the chalk paint allows the stain to easily be applied and wiped off. The chalk paint is very porous and stain will only be embedded into it without a sealer, maybe that is why it is very tacky. I hope this helps.

  • Amy
    on Aug 5, 2019

    Hello! I just rubbed dark walnut over chalk paint, and I LOVE the effect! So what would you recommend using as the sealer? I really do not want to use wax. Have you ever used a polycrylic?

  • Celine Dean
    on Dec 17, 2019

    hi im in need of advice! i bought a beautiful walnut table. the person that owned it before me painted it with house paint... and the rolled it on? should i sand it off before i begin? i really want the table top to be the original dark colour.

  • Danni Carter Ullom
    on Apr 24, 2020

    I had great success with my table. I chalk painted the bottom of my table the stained over it. Came out very nice. I chalk painted the chairs and stained 2 of them yesterday and I do not like the way it looks. I have this fabric picked out for the cushions. So now I need help to fix it. What should I do?? HELP!! LOL!!

    • Betty-Lou Simpson
      on May 14, 2020

      Find an off-white chalk paint color close to the lightest color in your fabric and do a wash over the table base and chairs. White washing is typically half water with half paint. You can adjust your ratio to your liking. It will be very runny so have paper towels or rags ready to catch and blot as you go. Start with one coat of wash and see how you like it with your fabric. You can layer washes if you need to. This is a beautiful finish you have created.

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  • Lozza
    on Nov 19, 2018

    I will definately experiment with the chalk paints,waxes and stains,as I love up cycling furniture,I always buy second hand ,as the quality is so much better,and as I have 3 teenage boys,better quality bedroom furniture with stands,kids being a little rough.😀

  • Shirley Bennett
    on Dec 1, 2018

    I make my own chalky paint and enjoy wax or stain finish. Depends on the look you want light wax or dark, some with stain light or colored make your own effect.

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