Painting a Variety of Surfaces

Q. Can I use Chalk Paint® in the garden?

You can use Chalk Paint® on exterior walls, garden furniture (except teak or other naturally oily woods), metal, concrete, matte plastic – even terracotta. Just leave it to harden overnight – preferably in a protected area – and then wipe it down with a damp cloth before exposing it to rain. There’s no need to add a protective coating.

Q. Can I paint walls with Chalk Paint®?

Chalk Paint® can be used to give both old and new walls depth and interest and even a bit of texture. Apply one or more coats of paint with a sponge roller or large brush to achieve a slight texture. You can then apply Chalk Paint® Wax for a really smart polished look, or just leave it – bedroom walls look great with a soft, matte, unwaxed finish.

Q. Can I use Chalk Paint® on floors?

Chalk Paint® can transform old concrete and wooden floors, even if they’re varnished. Just apply two or three coats of Chalk Paint®, and then apply Chalk Paint® Lacquer for added durability.

Q. What about painting metal with Chalk Paint®?

You can apply Chalk Paint® directly onto all kinds of hardware, including metal work. Chalk Paint® can re-invigorate old brass and other metal fixtures and fittings, and even covers and slows down rust.

Q. Are Chalk Paint® and Chalk Paint® Wax safe for use on baby cribs, etc.?

Absolutely! Both Chalk Paint® and Chalk Paint® Wax are safe to use on furniture destined for baby and child use. However, before putting the item to use, please allow the wax finish to cure for a minimum of 14 days.

Samples of Chalk Paint® and Chalk Paint® Wax have been independently tested and certified as Toy Safe according to strict European regulations (BS EN 71-3:2013).

While there are no inherently harmful ingredients in Chalk Paint® Wax, we do advise that expectant mothers get someone else to apply it for them.

Q. Are Chalk Paint® and Chalk Paint® Wax good choices for kitchen cabinets?

You can achieve beautiful results using Chalk Paint® on – and in – your wooden cabinets. Apply at least two coats of paint, and then two or three coats of Chalk Paint® Wax to seal and protect them. Simple!

Q. Can I paint my kitchen countertops and backsplash with Chalk Paint®?

It is not advisable. Chalk Paint®, even when sealed with a quality sealer such as Chalk Paint® Wax or Chalk Paint® Lacquer, will not be 100% non-porous and this can present problems with cross contamination.

Q. Are Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax good choices for kitchen and bathroom cabinets?

Yes! You can use Chalk Paint® decorative paint on most wood cabinetry. Chalk Paint® is meant to give character and interest to cabinetry rather than a perfectly smooth “factory” finish. Typically there is no need to sand or prime although in areas that receive a lot of use, like the cutlery drawer, it might be wise. Apply at least two coats of paint and then two or three coats of Chalk Paint® Soft Wax for protection, allowing each wax coat to dry 24 hours before applying the next. Soft Wax makes a good bond to the paint for durability. You can easily maintain your finish by simply wiping the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water to clean, and refresh every now and again with a light application of wax as needed.

Q. Can I paint my walls with Chalk Paint®?

Chalk Paint® decorative paint can be used to give both old and new walls depth and interest and even a bit of texture. Simply apply one or more coats of paint with a brush or roller for coverage and let dry. You can leave the paint as is, but some people like to apply a thin coat of Soft Wax over the paint for a really smart polished look.

Q. Can I apply Chalk Paint® over a surface that was previously finished with linseed oil?

Linseed oil is a finishing product that is used to restore wood’s natural moisture without covering the grain. It is typically found on antique or vintage pieces of furniture that have a stained finish. Unless it has weathered to the point of almost being gone, the surface may not be receptive to new paint. Clean well and apply one or two coats of clear shellac, a natural non-toxic sealer. Chalk Paint® decorative paint can then be applied as you would on any other wood surface.

Q. Can I paint my fireplace surround with Chalk Paint®?

While Chalk Paint® can be applied over most brick, stone, and concrete surfaces, before beginning your project it is best to check with your local government offices to determine whether painting around your firebox is permissible under your local building codes.

Q. Can I paint melamine or laminate furniture with Chalk Paint®?

There are many success stories from people who have used Chalk Paint® to paint their melamine or laminate furniture. A little bit of preparation and some patience are needed.

New pieces may be coated with a light oily film for packing and shipping purposes and this should be wiped away with a cloth moistened with mineral spirits. Rinse with water afterwards.

Lightly sand the melamine or laminate with fine grit sandpaper and dust off. Next, apply a very thin first coat of paint and let dry for about 48 hours to encourage the paint to bond to the surface. After that, you can continue painting for your desired look.

Q. I am painting a previously stained piece of furniture with Chalk Paint® and a yellow stain has appeared in my new paint layer. How do I cover it?

If you see a yellow or pink stain coming through the paint on older furniture – typically pieces from the 1930s and 1940s – apply clear shellac, a natural non-toxic sealer. One or two coats of shellac applied with a cloth pad will stop this happening. There is no need to remove the stained coat of Chalk Paint® – you can apply the shellac directly on top. Shellac dries in minutes, and then you can get on with your painting!

Q. Can I paint my furniture from IKEA with Chalk Paint®?

We have had many success stories from people who have painted their IKEA furniture with Chalk Paint® decorative paint. We recommend that you ensure the surface is clean before painting. Some new IKEA pieces may have a bit of an oily film on them for packing and shipping purposes and this should be removed using a cloth moistened with low-odor mineral spirits. Next, lightly sand the surface with some fine grit sandpaper and dust off. Then apply a thin first coat of paint, and allow that coating to dry about 48 hours to encourage the paint to bond to the surface. After that, you can continue painting for your desired look.

Q. Can I paint a Thermofoil surface finish?

It is not advisable. Thermofoil is a plastic material that is thermoformed to the profile of an underlying engineered wood core such as medium-density fiberboard. Paints of any kind will not bond to this type of finish.