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How to Get a Smooth Finish Using Chalk Paint - Charcoal Gray Chalk Painted Buffet

How to Get a Smooth Finish Using Chalk Paint - Charcoal Gray Chalk Painted Buffet

Posted by Pine Lane Interiors on Jan 10th 2018

Have you all tried this awesome Rustoleum Chalk Paint? Not only is it inexpensive, it is so easy to use. It's about $17 for almost a quart from Home Depot. The downside is that I have only seen it in three colors: Charcoal Gray, Linen White, and Aged Gray.  

For this project, I decided to use the Charcoal Gray. On the can, it looks like it is almost black, but on furniture, something magical happens and it turns into a beautiful Navy/Gray color.

As soon as I saw this piece on a local facebook Marketplace ad, I had big plans for it!  I knew exactly how I wanted to paint it, which is sometimes a good and sometimes a bad thing because I tend to pay more for a piece of furniture once I have an idea for it.  This buffet was solid and in very good shape and I was excited to get started. 

One of the best things about chalk paint is there is little to no preparation required.  I literally wiped down the buffet to remove any dust or dirt, and then got started.  I just used a synthetic brush to brush on the first coat of paint and did my best to leave little to no brush strokes behind.  I wanted an almost smooth, matte finish, rather than a distressed look.  After the first coat dried, I felt like the brush strokes were too much, so I sanded the buffet down using 220 grit sandpaper.  Then, for the second coat, I used a mini roller for ultra smooth finishes.  The only downside to using a roller is that is literally drinks your paint.  I have no idea where it goes, but you use twice as much (or more) in one coat using a roller than you would with a brush.  Once that dried, there were a couple of roller lines I had to smooth out, especially on the top of the buffet, so I added a third coat there.  

To seal the paint, I used S.C. Johnson Paste Wax.  I just grabbed an old t-shirt rag and rubbed a good coat on there.  I love the paste wax because it too is inexpensive, and a little goes a long way.  

I decided that I would not paint the interior of the buffet cabinets and drawers because they were in great shape.  


I also decided that I loved the hardware and especially loved the brass against the Navy/Gray color, so I just gently polished it up with some olive oil.  Yes, olive oil. 

Let us know what you think.  We were very pleased with the outcome and can't wait to find another piece to chalk paint!