7 Reasons to Be Obsessed With Chalky Paint
If you're a big DIY fan or love new and creative tools for creating unique spaces, you're going to love chalky paint. This still relatively unknown decorative paint is a DIYer's dream with its ease of use, gorgeous appearance, and incredible versatility. While many companies have attempted to create chalky paints, the original is Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan. She developed it in 1990, and the collection is still going strong, just announcing its newest color, "Lem Lem," in collaboration with Oxfam. Ahead, we chat with Annie to find out just what makes Chalk Paint® so easy to use and why so many people are beginning to turn to chalky paints for use in their own homes, both inside and out.
You Don't Have to Prep Your Surface
Whether you're updating your kitchen by painting the cabinets or refinishing a piece of furniture, painting can require a lot of prep work. Often, you have to sand the surface and apply a primer before you even start painting. But with chalky paint, you can skip those steps and get straight to painting. "No prep, no priming, no sanding. Just get on with it!" Annie says. This can really cut down on your time investment for DIY projects.
"Economically, it really makes sense," Annie says. Instead of buying a whole new piece of furniture, you can save money by buying a can of paint and giving the piece a fresh, new look. It's also no more expensive than a can of midrange wall paint, so you don't have to worry about going over budget if you prefer the look of a chalkier paint to a standard paint.
It Allows For Creativity
We've all been there: you've seen the perfect piece of furniture in an antique store or while shopping online, but it's just not the right color or it's lacking in character. But with chalky paints, you can instantly add your own personality. "People love making a piece of furniture their own — it's your piece, it's no one else's, it works for you and your room, and you can redo it later. They love the creativity behind it."
It's Quick to Dry
Latex paints can take up to an hour to dry, and sometimes more, depending on the temperature and humidity conditions. But with Chalk Paint®, you don't have to wait hours to apply another coat or move your piece of furniture into place. "Depending on how warm/hot it is, it takes about 10 to 20 minutes," Annie says.
It's Easy to Use
"I created Chalk Paint® so that it would be easy to use," Annie says. There's very little prep work or special techniques needed, which is also true when it comes to creating your own unique paints. Annie's paints don't have any black pigments in them, making it easier to mix colors and create a more brilliant look. It's also easy to apply in a thick or thin layer so you can get the look you want.
It Can Be Used Anywhere
Say goodbye to finding a different type of paint for every surface throughout your home. Annie says you can use Chalk Paint® on wood, metal, plastic, cement, and bricks, and it can even be used both inside and outside. You'll want to apply a wax to seal the paint, however, so the color lasts.
It's Great For All Decorating Styles
Whatever your decorating style, chalky paints can make a great addition to your space. Annie points out that whether you like a modern and contemporary look or a rustic one, you can create it with Chalk Paint®. It works well for distressed looks and bright, solid looks alike. "I also love to use my Dark Chalk Paint® Wax to create an antique look and bring out the texture of my paint work, or I'll use my Black Chalk Paint® Wax to create an industrial warehouse look."