smooth finish with chalk paint

How to get a smooth finish with chalk paint

Painting furniture is a popular, cost-effective way to transform your look. One of the most popular styles for painting furniture is chalk paint. Chalk paint has a unique finish that makes it look one hundred percent customized and homemade. It’s not just the perfect style for giving your furniture an authentic farmhouse feel; but also durable enough to last through many years of use.

This article will teach you everything you need to know about this unique type of paint that will give your furniture an incredible finish. From the things you’ll need to what supplies are needed, this article covers all the steps so you can confidently create your own masterpiece.

What is Chalk Paint?

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Chalk paint is a type of paint that looks like it has been applied by hand with a chalky finish. This paint is typically made with casein, or powdered milk. It is often used on wooden furniture that has been distressed to give it the perfect, aged look.

Chalk paint is available in three different types of consistency: watery, fluid, or thick. The thicker the consistency, the more durable the finish will be. Each type of consistency also requires a different type of brush to apply the paint.

Paint is typically applied with a sponge brush to create a distressed look. Because the surface is very smooth, this type of brush is ideal for painting edges and corners on furniture pieces.

What You'll Need for a Successful Finish

To ensure a successful finish, you’ll need a few things. You’ll need a paint tray, a paint brush, a paint roller, and a protective mask.

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First, you’ll need a paint tray to dump the paint into if you’re using a paintbrush. Next, you’ll need a paint roller to smoothly apply the paint if you’re using a paint roller. Finally, you’ll need a protective mask to protect your mouth and nose from inhaling the dust in the paint.

Once you have these items in place, it’s time to start painting!

Using a paintbrush to apply the chalk paint, start by filling your paint tray with your desired amount of chalk paint. Pour some of the chalk paint in your hand and dip your brush in it. Dab some on the furniture piece you’re painting and then begin painting!

How to Apply the Paint

The first step is to use a dry rag or a tack cloth to remove any dust or debris from the furniture. Your goal is to have a clean, dust-free surface that’s ready for the paint.

The next step is applying a coat of chalk paint. Before you start, make sure you shake the paint well. Shake the can for about a minute or until you can see full coverage of the paint inside. For the best results, apply the paint with a brush in a circular motion. Make sure to apply it in a thin layer and let it dry in between coats.

The last step is to use a piece of fine sandpaper to lightly sand the surface of furniture for a smooth finish. Keep in mind that you’ll need to apply three coats of paint in order to get a smooth finish. This involves allowing the paint to dry for two hours between each coat and letting it cure for five days before touching it.

Tips for a Smooth Finish

Tips for a Smooth Finish

One of the most common complaints about chalk paint is that it feels rough to the touch.
If you’re looking for a smooth, professional finish, you’ll need to apply a coat of primer before your final coat of paint. This is an important step in achieving a professional, smooth finish.

Another tip is to use a quality brush when applying your primer and paint. Inexpensive brushes can cause your finished product to look rough and unprofessional.
Finally, be sure to sand and prime your furniture before you paint it. This will ensure that your final product looks as good as possible and achieves a smooth, professional look.

The Difference Between Paint and Chalk Paint

Chalk paint is a paint that is typically used on furniture or other items that need to be painted. It is a type of paint that has the look and feel of chalk. It was originally developed in the United States in the 1970s and has grown in popularity ever since.

This type of paint is known for giving a furniture item a light, airy, and smooth texture. It is typically not as durable as other types of paint, but it does provide a natural and handmade look.

When painting with this type of paint, it is important to use a brush with stiff bristles to get into all the nooks and crannies. If you plan on applying more than one coat of paint, wait at least 24 hours between coats to allow the current coat to dry.


With the right steps and supplies, you can get a smooth finish with chalk paint. Follow these simple instructions to get the perfect finish on your own furniture.

4 thoughts on “How to get a smooth finish with chalk paint”

  1. Thank you for sharing this informative article! All the information provided by you is really very helpful for all. I would like to say that we should use tack cloth for removing small dust particles from the surface because it gives you the perfect finishing. Keep posting! Keep sharing!

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