With its beautifully imperfect look, chalk paint has plenty of charms. When you add water, waxes, and layers of color, you can achieve all kinds of different finishes. Here's how to use chalk paint in a variety of ways for different projects -- from fabric to furniture.
To achieve a watercolor effect with chalk paint on fabric, simply dampen the fabric with water before painting it. For an ombre effect, dillute your paint with a little more white for each stripe. Here, we alternated chevrons in blue and teal, drawing them on freehand.
You don't have to stencil an entire curtain panel to create a dramatic look. For a quick border treatment, choose one stencil, or combine parts of two stencils for a custom look. For our two-stencil design, we used painter's tape to mask off the unwanted area of the stencil.
Lend a flea market table an antique look using a peekaboo paint treatment. Start by painting the base with gray chalk paint; let dry. Then dry-brush white chalk paint over the top. Sand gently to reveal the gray layer underneath. Apply a finishing wax over the top, if desired.
As if you thought chalk paint couldn't do any more. Use chalk paint to transform a plain inexpensive outdoor rug. Learn our easy technique in this how-to.
No joke -- chalk paint can be used on upholstery fabric. Use the medium to remake an old chair and cover up stains or fading in the process. Get the full how-to and see how you can add pattern and color pizzazz to a tired chair.