It was a matter of time before someone came out with a chalky paint finish in a spray paint. Honestly, I really never thought it could be done and actually look even halfway decent. Traditionally, that beautiful chalk paint finish is a hand painted layered finish. I’m thinking, how could someone replicate that in a spray can?
Well, it’s just been done. Hallelujah!!
So, Krylon just came out with their line of Chalky Finish Spray Paints and when I first heard about it, I was pretty skeptical but when I read this great post from Kelly at KA Styles (I’m obsessed with Kelly), I was pretty intrigued:
These mason jars from Kelly are the perfect example to show exactly what this paint can do and how pretty the finish is. Just look at how matte and chalky that finish is, while still being smooth. Kelly inspired me to give the paint a try on my own project over the weekend and I’m so excited with the results.
The paint just came out about a month ago, so it wasn’t available yet at my local Walmart or Sherwin Williams where Krylon spray paint is sold. I did track down just a couple cans at Hobby Lobby for my project but I’m not sure when they will fully be in stores. I did find that all of the colors (below) are available on Amazon here.
Before I jump into my project, I created a color chart with the 16 color options to help us see all of the colors together:
I have wanted to paint this bench for quite awhile now and decided this would be the perfect project to test out the paint. I love the dark wood on the bench but I also have dark wood floors where I wanted the bench to go and it was just too much dark wood.
Here is the bench before I spray painted it with Chalky Finish spray paint:
and this is how it turned out after:
I opted to go with the color Misty Gray, which is a light gray with just a very slight hint of warmth and I just can’t get over how stunning the end finish is and it really does look just like a smooth chalk finish. It looks like it was hand painted. The paint finish is not super chalky and rough feeling like traditional chalk paints, but rather smooth. Very ultra matte. I thought it looked like the paint may already have a wax additive in the paint already.
This paint is a great foundation if you want to come over the finish with a white or a dark wax or lightly sand to distress. Big time saver here!
I couldn’t help myself, so I also tested out the color Slate on this decorative finial type stand that I had and again, I really could not believe just how pretty the finish turned out. The slate looks just like a Restoration Hardware finish and you can really see up close exactly what this paint can do. I couldn’t get the image editing down to really show but this color has a slight blue and green undertone, it’s really stunning in person:
I got as close as I could with my macro lens so you could really see the finish up close:
Yep! This is a game changer and while I won’t paint everything with this product, this will save me so much time on those quick projects and I think I may even use it on bigger furniture pieces as well. My mind is churning, how about you? In addition to furniture, I’m thinking frames, baskets, lamps, etc..
If you have never spray painted furniture before or used this product, I have some tricks and shortcuts that I’m sharing below to help you get a flawless finish. help you.
If you’re painting accessories, you’ll just want to make sure that your item is clean and dust free. If you’re painting furniture, you will want to very lightly sand with a sanding sponge in a very fine grit, just to take the edge off the gloss/finish. This should just take you 5-10 minutes. You’re just sanding to sort of rough up the surface. Wipe piece down afterwards to get all of the dust residue off.
With this product, you will want to prime both furniture and accessories. Go the easy route and use a spray primer. Just one light coat is all you will need and it’s very important to let the piece dry at least 6 hours before spraying the Chalky Finish onto your piece. If you’re painting furniture, after 6 hours, I would again, very lightly sand with a fine grit sanding sponge just to take the ridges off of the primer. It should just take a few minutes but since this finish is so matte, it will be very important.
Spraying on Paint
Any time you spray paint and especially with this product, you will want to do 2-3 very light coats with at least 20-30 minutes drying time in between. It’s best to spray at least 1-2 feet from the piece and quickly moving your arm back and forth, without stopping. If you do this, the spray paint will not run and it will dry even and smooth.
The Krylon Chalky Finish is actually sold with a spray “Wax Coating” that you can buy but I was not impressed at all with the product. It had a yellow color to it. I loved the finish with the Chalky Finish paint itself and I think it will be durable over time (I will update here if it’s not). Rubbing wax over the piece, just like you would with chalk paint would enhance the finish but I would only do it if you are looking to add white or dark wax to contrast. This finish is simply amazing in person and I think it will be just as strong and durable as spray paint is. However, all spray paints have to cure. While the piece may seem dry to the touch, it needs to cure for at least 4-6 days to harden and not scratch off.
Ok, so what do you guys think? Are you gonna give it a try? If you have never painted furniture before, this is your opportunity to finally give it a try! If you do the basic prep work and do a couple light layers at a time, you will be guaranteed a beautiful finish with this Chalky Finish.
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