How to Use Chalk Paint® F.A.Q

How do I know how much Chalk Paint® to use?

  • One litre of Chalk Paint® covers approximately 13 square metres, or the equivalent of a small dresser.

How many coats of Paint are recommended?

  • One to two coats of paint are usually enough.
  • Chalk Paint® adheres to almost any surface, and there is rarely any need to sand or prime before painting.

How do I prepare the Paint for use?

  • To get started, tip the paint pot upside down and shake before use. Then open and stir well. If paint is too thick just add a little water and stir.
  • For the best results, we recommend a Chalk Paint® Brush  to apply the paint.

Can I mix different colours to create my own?

What do I use for a finish/protective layer? 

Is Chalk Paint® a good solution for total beginners?

  • Yes! Chalk Paint® is an incredibly versatile and accessible product that even beginners can use.
  • We also host an array of Chalk Paint Workshops and Classes  including Beginners Chalk Paint® Workshops, Paint your Own Piece of Furniture Workshops and Decorative Paint Classes. Learn more here.



  • Use a large brush to apply Chalk Paint® to walls; such as the Large Flat Brush No. 60.
  • You can then wax the wall or leave it – bedroom walls look great with a soft, matte unwaxed finish. 


  • Chalk Paint® can re-invigorate old brass and other metal fixtures and fittings.
  • Any rusting areas should be sanded and treated with a rust inhibitor before painting.


  • Chalk Paint® can transform old concrete and wooden floors, even if they’re varnished. 
  • Always test the paint and lacquer together on a few areas of the floor before you start, to check whether any stains will bleed through. 
  • Apply two or three coats of Chalk Paint® and finish with Chalk Paint® Lacquer for durability. 


  • On horizontal surfaces and garden furniture, use Chalk Paint® Lacquer.
  • Depending on the look you want and the site-specific conditions you may find it needs a fresh coat periodically as it is a water-based decorative paint.


  • Make sure Cabinets are very clean without using harsh chemicals before painting. Any residue oils left from kitchen-use will affect the finish.
  • Apply at least two coats of paint, and then two or three coats of Chalk Paint® Wax  or  Chalk Paint® Lacquer  to seal and protect them.
  • Test your cabinets first with both paint and lacquer.

Please note - all information here is resourced from Annie Sloan Interiors LTD Chalk Paint.