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How to Use Chalk Paint

The great thing about chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand or prime your surface before you apply the paint. Here are some of the recommended supplies you’ll want to get started.

2-in-1 Round Chalk and Wax Brush — This style of brush is intended to work with chalk or wax paint. The bristles are made of boar hair that can stand up to the viscosity of the substances in large quantities. Unlike conventional paintbrushes, these tools have a flat top and work well with stencils.

Conventional Paint Brushes  — For smaller projects and detail work, you’ll want to have a set of detail brushes available. Both round and flat-sized brushes will allow you to have great control and precision over what you’re painting.

Sanding Pads — This pack of 18 color-coded sanding pads ranges from 1500 to 12,000 grit. They can be used in distressing finishes in a myriad of ways.


Annie Sloan has created a series of video tutorials that showcase the many ways you can use chalk paint.


Creating a Two-Color Distress


Creating an Aged Look Using Dark Chalk Paint Wax


Creating Random Patterns Using Chalk Paint


How to Use the Color Wheel to Mix Chalk Paint


Next: Chalk Paint Inspiration

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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