Another Furniture Update with Chalk Paint

After I discovered the benefits of chalk paint (easy to use, nearly fool-proof, little to no prep work required, and low odor), I pretty much decided right then to update nearly every dark piece of furniture in the house to add a pop of color amongst the many shades of brown and beige.

A few years ago, we bought this "Costco Special" cube organizer. It has worked great as a changing table/baby dresser, but honestly doesn't really match the rest of the furniture in the room - or my modern farmhouse style.

cube organizer furniture update with chalk paint

Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint

So I decided to refinish it with chalk paint. But this time I ordered the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Chalk Style Paint from Target. (When I repainted Little Girl's Bed, I used the Valspar Chalky Paint.)

This lovely shade by Magnolia Home is called It Is Well. It looked greener online than what I actually received, which is a subtle blue hue with a hint of gray. I honestly didn't have a better idea of what color to go with, and it will surely match the decor in the room, so I kept it.

magnolia home by joanna gaines it is well chalk finish paint

Round One: First Coat Progress

The Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint coats very heavily. I think I probably could have gotten away with one round of paint, but I decided to venture to a second coat for fuller coverage.

cuber organizer chalk finish paint

Here is a closeup of the coverage I got from the first coat of paint. The original dark finish shows through a bit, but this could totally be a desired vintage style, if intentionally left.

Tips for Working with Chalk Paint

Now that I'm well into my second chalky finish furniture project, here are some valuable lessons I've learned:

  • If you have large flat surfaces and don't want to see the brush strokes, use a small paint roller. It works great! Painting this cube organizer was faster (and more fun) with this handy tool.
  • If you choose to use a small paint roller, use a slanted brush first to paint the corners, cracks, and any other hard to reach spot. Then get to rollin'! Working in this order will help to cover any brush strokes.
  • If you want to do two coats, allow the paint to dry fully (i.e. overnight or 24 hours). I actually haven't done this, and have had issues with tacky paint balls forming and messing up my paint job. Next time, I plan to wait until the following day to paint the second coat.
  • Although chalk paint doesn't require much prep work, a little sanding over a glossy finish will help the paint to better adhere to the surface. Always wipe clean with a damp cloth prior to painting.
  • Chalk style paint is inherently imperfect, so don't fuss about uneven application - that's part of the look. You can do a little sanding for a distressed look, or if you mess up, just reapply. No worries!

And that's pretty much what you need to know about creating a chalk finish. Happy painting!

chalk paint supplies

Chalk Finish Materials

  • Chalk style paint
  • Small paint roller
  • Paint roller pan
  • Angled 2" high-quality synthetic bristle paint brush
  • Plastic for catching drips
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Disposable gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Wax sealant or polycrylic sealant

Stay calm and revel in the unique character- it's just chalk paint!