How To Distress Chalk Painted Furniture

It seems like you see a lot of rustic and shabby chic furniture pieces and decor these days. It's very trendy and a great look for any home. To help you get this look in your home, you can distress a small piece of accent furniture. Something like a side table, entry table, or buffet table would look great distressed. See below for instructions on how to distress chalk painted furniture.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Chalk paint (in your choice of color)
  • Wax
  • Wax brush
  • 2 1/2 inch paint brush or a chalk paintbrush (looks like a round brush)

Chalk Paint Instructions:

  1. Paint your piece of furniture with your chalk paint and paintbrush. No sanding or stripping is necessary with chalk paint. When painting, a little bit goes a long way, so don't use too much. You want the piece to be evenly painted, not goopy. Chalk paint dries fairly quickly, so you can add extra coatings if necessary. Allow each coat to dry before adding an additional coat of paint.
  2. Once your piece is painted to your liking, you can distress the piece at this point. Once it is distressed, use wax to protect your piece of furniture. Apply wax using your wax brush. Use light coats of wax with your wax brush. The finished piece will be a soft finish. 

Distressing Instructions:

To distress, there are a number of options to choose from. You can use a fine grit sanding block, dark wax, stain, or a light color of chalk paint. 

  • Sanding Block. Once you have your piece of furniture painted, use a sanding block to sand the edges to give it a worn look. Don't over-do it. You want it to look worn, not like you dug it out of the trash.
  • Dark Wax. Using a rag, apply dark was to the corners and to the grooves of your piece. Wipe off most of the dark wax, so it looks worn, not dirty. Allow it to dry and apply clear wax to protect your piece.
  • Stain. Using any color stain you would like, apply stain with a paintbrush to the dry chalk paint. Wipe it off before it dries. It will darken the brush marks from the paint applied before it, giving it a distressed look.
  • Light Chalk Paint. Apply a lighter color of chalk paint over a darker color of chalk paint using a paintbrush. Apply just a small amount of the lighter color, so you are basically dry brushing it on. It will bring out the color below, while also lightening the original color a bit. To give it a more in-depth look, apply another coating of the darker chalk paint using just a small amount. Finish it off with a coating of wax.