🙂 First, let me clarify that Chalk Paint is not the same thing as chalkbe used for making chalk boards, so the distinction gets a little fuzzy.) Chalk Paint is a type of paint (actually, it’s a trademarked brand of paint by Annie Sloan, but other companies have similar paints also) that can be used on furniture and other items to create a chalky appearance. That may be true, but so does my latex paint, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper. That can of paint only cost me , and I didn’t have to wax it when I was finished. One Purdy brush, if taken care of, will last for years and years and years.It’s used for creating an aged appearance, and can be distressed easily. Chalk paint, on the other hand, is used for making chalkboards. I know that there are a lot of people who will read this post who are diehard fans of Chalk Paint. Add to that the price of the wax (almost ) and the cost of an Ultimate Waxing Brush (another ), and you’ve got quite a bit of money wrapped up in product. With one quart of latex paint, I painted three coats of paint on my credenza… I don’t really know how to put this delicately, so I’ll just say it. I had seen pieces painted with Chalk Paint online for probably a full year before I ever saw any of them in person. So when I finally did see some of these pieces in person, I couldn’t believe that this was the paint that people were raving about.One quality that people are always praising about Chalk Paint is, “It’s so easy to distress!” Well, I’m personally completely over the whole distressed “Shabby Chic” look.Without the wax, Chalk Paint produced the flattest paint finish possible. I had someone write to me not too long ago and ask for my advice.She had purchased her first piece of furniture painted with Chalk Paint, and evidently the piece wasn’t waxed.The bottom line is that I enjoy the prep work and the sanding, because I now that my finished product will only be as good as the prep work I put into it. I LOVE my Zinsser Cover Stain oil-based primer because once it’s dry, I sand it with super fine sandpaper to make it as smooth as possible (a process I actually love doing).
But even with that, I don’t want every piece of furniture in my house being distressed.But I did find this (probably mass-produced) piece on Overstock to illustrate the trend that makes me say, “What the…? Now again, please understand that if you find that to be beautiful, that’s fantastic! But if I’m going to go to the trouble of sanding a piece of furniture and painting it, I want the finish to be as close to pristine as possible.