Chalk paint vs traditional paint

Truth be known, I hate painting.  I know that sounds strange coming from someone who paints nearly every day.  Currently, I have 2 bathrooms torn apart waiting for a new coat of paint and I can’t stop dragging my feet.  However when it comes to small furniture I’m not deterred.  The reason?  Two words: Chalk Paint.

Since I am doing everything I can to avoid painting my walls, typing-up this table of reasoning seemed fitting.

Chalk Paint   Traditional Paint
Forgiving.  Most drips can easily be removed with soap & water. Unforgiving.  Drips do not come out easily and typically require a stripper that will strip off the paint below.
Low Prep.  Chalk paint adheres to most surfaces so sanding and taping are typically not required or minimal. High Prep.  Trim needs to be neatly taped off with caulk for good lines.  One small bleed and it will be the first spot you see every time you enter that room.
Low Drips.  Chalk paint is, well, chalky.  Its texture is thicker than traditional paint so drips are rare.  And if you do catch a drip too late, just sand it down. Drips.  You have to get your tool and paint amount just right, otherwise, you’ll have runs.  Rollers help but not for me, I can still get drips.
Messy doesn’t matter. I get paint EVERYWHERE! It’s on my clothes, my hands, in my hair… that’s just how it is.  But again, it washes off easily. Messy matters.  The only way I have found to get dried acrylic paint out of my hair, is to cut it out.  And sadly, shag haircuts went out in the 70s.
Distressing hides imperfections.  Going back over the edges with sandpaper is a life saver for messy people like me.  Drips can be banished now too. I’ve not distressed anything with traditional paint so I can’t comment here.
Sealer – Yes, it’s an extra step but since its wax, it’s easily rubbed on & off.  Lastly I seal furniture with polyurethane so that glass marks aren’t left behind. No sealer required.

If you have never used Chalk Paint I urge you to give it a try.  All you need is the paint and a fat brush and wax or a sealer of some kind.  I don’t spend a lot of money on the actual paint and supplies and always utilize sales and online coupons when possible. I know everyone raves about Annie Sloan paint, and yes it’s good, however it is too expensive for me.  Bottom-line, you don’t have to be a good painter or spend a lot of money to enjoy Chalk Painting!

PS for those of you who have found the secret formula for making your own chalk paint, God bless you.  I have tried and failed many times, so it’s not in the cards for me. If you have a foolproof recipe to share, please post below!!!

4 thoughts on “Chalk paint vs traditional paint”

  1. I agree – but once you commit yourself to painting walls, (after the prep of taping off windows, etc) it goes pretty quick and the results are usually so gratifying.

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