How To Paint Furniture With Chalk Paint – 6 Easy Steps

Finished bookcase painted with chalk paint

Have you ever browsed listings like Craiglist, eBay or Facebook Marketplace and loved a piece of furniture but thought “If only it was white/black/grey”? You may have skipped past it because you thought it was too difficult to make it look like you wanted it to. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s super easy to make-over furniture. This blog post explains how to paint furniture with chalk paint in just 6 easy steps. To see how to paint furniture with spray paint and regular acrylic paint read my blog here.

I decided to chalk paint a bookcase we brought over from the UK. It’s a pine bookcase we paid about £30 for and painted in Downpipe Grey by Farrow & Ball (on the left). Which I do absolutely love, but with repainting the lounge to a darker shade it would’ve looked lost. So I decided to paint it in Old White by Annie Sloan to contrast with the brown paint we’re doing.

Here’s how I did it in 6 steps, so you can try it on a second-hand bargain find too!

What you’ll need:

  • Chalk paint
  • Clear wax
  • Dark wax (if you want to age it)
  • A brush
  • Some lint-free rags
  • Fine sandpaper

I recommend Annie Sloan chalk paint, it’s a little pricey at $40 per quart but has better coverage and color than others I’ve tried. I also used the Annie Sloan clear and dark waxes. Make sure the rags are lint-free with no fluff or dust on them, otherwise you’ll end up waxing bits of fluff into the finish.

Step 1: Firstly give your furniture a light sand. You don’t need to sand things when using chalk paint, but it helps to get rid of any imperfections that you don’t want showing through at the end.

Step 2. Start painting! Chalk paint is quite thick, so if you don’t want it to look so textured you can water it down to give a smoother finish. I didn’t thin mine down, I wished I had now. But the texture definitely picks up the dark wax at the end if you’re distressing it which gives a nice effect.

First coat of chalk paint
After one coat

Step 3. Keep painting until none of the old color shows through. It took me three coats, and I probably should’ve done four, but I have no patience!

Step 4. If you want it to stay looking perfect and clean, then all you need to do now is apply the clear wax. I applied it with a rag, rubbing it all into the grain. Then rub off the excess with another clean rag.

Step 5. If you want it to look distressed, start sanding off the edges to make it look worn.

Sanded edges on distressed furniture

Step 6. If you want to make it look really old and worn, apply the dark wax. This step takes a lot of skill to apply it well without making it look too dark. I ended up mixing a tiny bit of the dark wax with some of the clear wax so it didn’t make it too dark. If you do apply too much dark wax, just apply more of the clear wax over the top until it lightens up. Or if all else fails, try sanding it back a bit more before it dries.

Chalk painted bookcase
Chalk painted bookcase with dark wax
Finished bookcase with chalk paint and wax

And that’s it! 6 easy steps to paint furniture with chalk paint to transform a bargain into a beauty! You can also paint other things like books, lamps, fabric etc. Annie Sloan’s website has some great tutorial videos and tips. You can check it out here: Annie Sloan website.

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear how your chalk paint projects go. Share in the comments section or tag me on Instagram @britflipper.

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Until next time,


3 simple steps to creating your own personalized Christmas stockings

If you want matching stockings but still want to know who’s stocking is who’s, adding a hanging letter does the trick. They’re quick and easy to make, and you can easily make new or swap them around depending on who comes to visit at Christmas.

You’ll need:

  • MDF or wooden letters
  • Spray paint (I bought gold and a gold sparkle)
  • String or twine
  • A drill

I bought the spray paint and MDF letters from Michaels, but you can buy these from any good craft store.

Step 1: Spray the MDF letters with gold spray paint and gold sparkle spray paint if you want extra sparkle. You can spray them any color you like; red, white or silver would also look great.



Step 2: Next you need to drill the holes. Drill them all in the top left corner so they all hang the same way.


Step 3: Add the string. I chose to use a natural jute string to tie in with my rustic theme. But you could use any ribbon or string you like.


Then all you need to do is tie a knot in the string and hang them on top of each stocking.



These were really easy and quick to make and look great. Now all I need to do is fill them with presents!

I hope you enjoyed reading this, and have fun making your own.

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How to create a rustic table centerpiece in 6 easy steps

I wanted a rustic centerpiece for my dining table, similar to this one here from Lenny and Jenny Designs on Etsy.

Photo courtesy of Lenny and Jenny Designs, Etsy

The problem is, my table is over 8 foot long, and it’s very hard to find a box planter that size. I also wanted a white one to contrast against the weathered elm tabletop, so it stood out more. So we decided to make our own…




6 Steps to Make Your Own Rustic Box Centerpiece:

  1. First you’ll need to buy some wood. We used rough-sawn timber from Home Depot to ensure it had more of the rustic look we were wanting.
  2. We cut the wood to size. You can make these box planters any size you like, ours was just under 8 feet.
  3. We then painted the wood in white paint, roughly.
  4. Next we screwed all the pieces together to form the box shape. We left the screws exposed to give a more rustic feel. Tip: When screwing the pieces together do this on a hard flat surface to ensure all the angles are perfectly 90 degrees.
  5. Then we sanded the edges and the face of the wood to give it that well-worn feel. Because the timber was rough-sawn, the sanding gave a lovely effect as it revealed the wood grain underneath.
  6. Finally we added some rope handles to add another element of rustic charm. To do this we drilled two holes at either end of the planter then threaded some rope through the holes and tied a knot at each end to secure it in place.

I then filled the box centerpiece with an assortment of berries and Christmas greenery and added mason jars with candles in and scattered fairy lights throughout to give some extra twinkle.

You can switch up the contents for whatever season it is. Hydrangeas would look equally nice in a spring / summer display. Or fill it with acorns and pine cones and Fall colors for a Fall-themed display. You can really be as creative as you like!

Ready-Made Options:

However if you’d rather buy one ready-made there are lots of options on Etsy, here are some of my favourites:

Lenny and Jenny Designs, Etsy

Red Oak Road, Etsy

Limb and Lime Co, Etsy

Recycled 2 Rustic, Etsy

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