Way More Chic Than Shabby: You’ve Never Seen Chalk Paint Like This Before

updated May 3, 2019
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Chalk paint may be the undisputed champ of aged, vintage-style furniture, but this matte medium is actually incredibly versatile, and can be used to revamp pieces in a wide range of styles. From mid-century modern apartments to artsy bohemian interiors, this easy-to-use, environmentally-friendly paint is showing up everywhere. Find inspiration in the projects that follow, then learn everything you’ll need to know about mixing up homemade chalk paint.

Above: Poppyseed Creative Living‘s vibrant dresser reminds us that chalk paint doesn’t have to be muted, or pastel. The bright orange hue is Annie Sloan’s Barcelona Orange.

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This project reveal from Place of My Taste proves that chalk paint can look incredibly modern.

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One of Annie Sloan’s painters in residence combined teal and charcoal chalk paint to create the distressed finish on this boho cupboard. Visit the site for a list of supplies you’ll need to replicate the look.

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Annie Sloan added a stunning ombre effect to an old dresser using an unexpected combination of blue and orange.

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If your decor style is vintage country, chances are you already have some chalk paint lying around from a past project. Diana from Our Vintage Home Love came across an old can of French Linen paint while cleaning out a cabinet, and was inspired to give her kitchen cabinets a fresh coat.

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To update the mid-century modern dresser above, Linda from q is for quandie mixed latex paint with plaster of Paris to create her own chalk paint. Want to try it? Test out one of these popular homemade chalk paint recipes.

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To give brand-new wooden drawers a well-worn look, The Painted Hive first distressed them, then finished them with green chalk paint and black wax.

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On her blog Fresh American Style, designer Annie Selke shows how to use chalk paint to achieve a more traditional look. The trick: Use two coats, and don’t sand or use wax.

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Calming blue chalk paint and some adorable drawer pulls turn a plain dresser into a statement piece for a bohemian bedroom. Find the full tutorial from Barb Blair, author of Furniture Makeovers, on Plaid Online.