Asked on Aug 27, 2014

Can you use chalk paint and acrylic paint together on wood?

Tammy Merriman
by Tammy Merriman
I'm painting a wood desk and want to use Annie Sloan Chalk paint as a base and paint details with acrylic paint, has anyone done this? When would I seal with wax?
  7 answers
  • Shari Shari on Aug 27, 2014
    Well, I've successfully used latex interior paint over Annie Sloan chalk paint so I don't know why you couldn't use acrylic over ASCP. Recently I wanted to paint a headboard. I've used ASCP several times and have mixed feelings about it. I like a little finer finish on my furniture and from my past experience with it, chalk paint just takes too much effort to coax that finer finish out of it. Nevertheless, I decided to use it again for the headboard. When the headboard wasn't looking like I wanted after 2 coats of chalk paint and I found myself already dreading the waxing process that was yet to come, I decided to switch over to regular latex paint. After just one coat of white gloss latex right over the chalk paint, the finish was perfect and I was done...without all the effort and no waxing. I would suggest you wax as the final step. The acrylic likely won't stick if you wax and then try to paint the details last.
  • Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson on Aug 28, 2014
    I don't have an answer but I am interested in the answer, hope you don't mind
  • Lynn Lynn on Aug 28, 2014
    this is off topic sort of, but I mixed my own with plaster of paris, and custom latex. For some reason the color ( eggshell) showed up white. So I painted over the chalk paint with the latex and it looks great. Haven't waxed it yet, which is supposed it darken it a bit. Either way, it looks great and I'm thrilled !
  • Cherie Cherie on Aug 28, 2014
    I did it on my outdoor swing and did NOT use wax at all. I painted the swing with homemade chalk paint then later added a couple of details with acrylics. They shouldn't hurt any type of paint as they are water based.
  • Tammy Merriman Tammy Merriman on Sep 01, 2014
    I'm still in the process of painting the desk but I will let everyone know soon! Thanks for everyone's advice!
  • Di porreca Di porreca on Feb 17, 2015
    over fifty years ago, my father used to make me furniture and always coated the paint, or stains with bowling alley wax - or heavy butcher's wax. LONG before Annie came up with this. it was always beautiful and held up well to everything.
    • Ann Richards Ann Richards on Jun 16, 2018

      Lol yes.... I agree....our grandparents did these home diy tricks all the time.... so funny the way you wrote it though..."before Annie"

  • Lisa Rankin Lisa Rankin on Oct 06, 2019

    I used acrylic mixed with chalk paint (the orange parts and the gray parts). Waxed as usual. Seems the be perfectly fine as long as the acrylic is fully dried before waxing. Hope this helped.☺️