Part of the fun in using Chalk Paint® is that it can be applied over so many different types of surfaces.
Consider some of the following when deciding what to paint:
Walls and Ceilings
Chalk Paint® can add character and texture to an otherwise flat wall or ceiling. Apply one or two coats of paint with a large brush or roller, varying the opacity of the paint across the wall while creating a bit of texture. When the paint is dry, leave on its own or apply Clear Chalk Paint® Wax for a nice sheen.
Rough stone and brick can also be painted. Dilute the paint with water to make it thin enough to easily apply, but not so thin that it is runny and won’t cover well. First mist or brush the wall with water this will make applying the paint much easier — and then brush on the paint. Because the paint dries quickly, it will be easy to go back into an area and give it an extra coat.
For more information about painting walls and ceilings, see Annie Sloan's books, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, pp. 84, 85; and Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More, pp. 86-89, 126-127, 130-131.
You can use Chalk Paint® on exterior walls, garden furniture (except teak and other naturally oily woods), metal, concrete, matte plastic — even terracotta. It’s best to paint in a protected area, leave the paint to harden overnight, and then gently wipe the painted surfaces down with a damp cloth before exposing your project to rain. Leaving the surface unsealed will allow the paint to breathe and moisture to pass through but if extra protection is desired, seal your project with the newly reformulated Chalk Paint® Lacquer (remember that Chalk Paint® Wax is never used on outdoor items).
For more information about painting items destined for outdoor use, see Annie Sloan's book, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, pp. 50-51, 80-81.
Why go through the bother of taking off the hardware? It’s often difficult to do and usually never goes back on the right way. You can simply paint over it with Chalk Paint®, wax it, and rub back with a sanding pad or sandpaper for a distressed look.
For more information about painting hardware, see Annie Sloan's book, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, pp. 118-121.
Metalwork and Light Fixtures
Most metals are easy to paint with Chalk Paint®, including brass and silver candlesticks and trays, and old brass lamps and chandeliers. When painting old candlesticks, they often have dry, dripped wax on them that needs to be removed. The easiest way to do this is by painting the area where the candles go first to show up any wax, and then scrape the wax off.
For more information about painting metalwork and light fixtures, see Annie Sloan's books, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, pp. 68-69, 76-77, 118-121; and Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More, pp. 72- 73, 112-113.
Wood or Concrete Floors
Floors are easy to paint whether they are concrete or wood. A low-napped fabric roller or sponge roller makes the job go quickly. Depending on the color you choose, you will need one or two coats of Chalk Paint® plus two thin coats of the newly reformulated Chalk Paint® Lacquer* as a sealant (outdoor floors can be left unsealed but Chalk Paint® Lacquer will give them extra protection from foot traffic and the like). Let the Lacquer dry 1 to 2 hours between coats and the last coat overnight before walking on it.
*Always test an area with Paint and Lacquer before you begin as results can vary depending on previous treatments, and carefully read the directions and other information on the can.
For more information about painting floors, see Annie Sloan's books, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, pp. 78-79, 102- 103; and Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More, pp. 90-93, 106-107, 144-145.