An Idiot’s Guide to Chalk Painting

  1. Find something to paint.
  2. Buy chalk paint.
  3. Paint.

Ok, it’s not quite that simple, but it’s pretty damn close!

Now I’m not calling anyone an idiot – far from it – but so many people come into my shop not realising how easy chalk paint is to use.

“I’m not very creative,” they’ll say, or, “I can’t be doing with all the sanding down.” Well, I have news for you:

  1. Chalk Paint doesn’t require you to be creative. It comes in so many beautiful colours, all you have to do is pick one.
  2. You don’t need to sand, strip or otherwise prepare the item beforehand. As long as the surfaces are clean, you just paint. Literally.
Make sure your surface is free of dust, grease etc, before painting.


Chalk paint will go on just about anything. You can apply it to wood, glass, metal, ceramics, concrete and even fabric. It’s a joy to use. It dries quickly and hardly smells at all. It’s water soluble so you can wash your brushes and your hands with warm water. And another huge bonus is that it’s got next to no VOCs (nasty chemicals to you and me) so it’s safe to use on children’s furniture and toys.

I found a ton of these old plant pots in the shed when I moved into my current home. It took me all of two hours, including drying time, to paint this one. I have another one in Duck Egg Blue!



Painted in Poppy and topped with Extreme Lacquer!


As we speak, one of my customers is updating her kitchen. She’s using a stunning grey called Paloma by Vintro Chalk Paint, and Extreme Lacquer, which offers an extra durable finish.


Another lady has used French Navy on a large wooden bench in her garden, also finishing off with Extreme Lacquer to make it weather proof.

French Navy

So, what are you waiting for? If you’re dying to have a go, here’s your plan of action:

  1. Pop down to your local charity shop and buy something cheap and cheerful. Picture frames are often less than £1. If you want something a bit more challenging, small side tables and individual chairs are a great way to start and easy to find at only £5-10.
  2. Find your nearest paint stockist or order online. A small tin of Vintro Chalk Paint covers up to 2sqm and costs just £5.95. Just think of the wonderful things you could create!
  3. When you’ve got your paint, open the tin and give it a good stir. If it’s too thick just add a teaspoon of water.
  4. Find a small brush (we do our own, but otherwise anything with soft bristles should do the job).
  5. Paint!

It really is that easy and you’ll be amazed at the coverage. You should only need 1-2 coats, depending on the colour you’re using and what you’re painting.

To finish, we recommend our clear wax or a lacquer for extra durability, for items such as coffee tables, dressing tables etc. But you can think about that afterwards…

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