Update Your Bedroom Furniture With Chalk Paint®

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We previously showed you how to update your bedroom linens with Chalk Paint®. Now, we  are going to show you how to update your bedroom furniture with various Chalk Paint® techniques to complete the look!

For this project, we decided to use Annie Sloan’s signature two-colored distressed finish.  This technique allows you to easily reveal underlying colors by distressing the edges and any raised areas.

When choosing colors for this finish, select two colors that offer a nice pleasing contrast.  Our cupboards already had a black finish on them. We choose to update them with Chalk Paint® in French Linen painted all over, both inside and out, and Chalk Paint® in Pure White painted on just the outsides.

To duplicate this finish you will need:

Chalk Paint® in French Linen
Chalk Paint® in Pure White
Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush
Clear Chalk Paint® Wax
Annie Sloan Sanding Pads (fine and medium)
Absorbent wiping cloths


  1. Using an Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush, apply a liberal coat of French Linen all over, aiming for complete coverage. This coat is put on a bit thicker, moving the brush every which way and leaving some pleasing brush marks, and then left to dry.
  2. Pour a suitable amount of Pure White into another container and add a small amount of water. Brush the diluted paint over the outside of your piece; this coat is applied a bit thinner and smoother than the first. Let the paint dry completely.

    *Thinning the paint with a small amount of water will make the distressing step go easier, but the paint should still cover well.

  3.  Apply a thin layer of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax over your piece using an Annie Sloan Wax Brush, gently spreading the wax over the surface. Work in manageable areas, and remove the excess wax as you go with an absorbent cloth. Leave the remaining wax to dry.

    *Applying Chalk Paint® Wax before sanding softens the Chalk Paint®, making it easier to distress.  It also cuts down on sanding dust and helps you to see where you are going.

  4. Sand along edges and any raised areas with a medium or fine sanding pad. Dust off and then apply some additional clear wax, especially in the areas where you have sanded. Wipe away the excess wax with a clean absorbent cloth, and leave the remaining wax to dry before buffing

5.   When the wax is dry, gently buff with a soft cloth to a lovely mellow sheen.

Helpful Tips

Chalk Paint® can be used on most surfaces, indoors and out, without the need to prime or sand. Most times simply dusting off the surface will do. Any noticeable dirt and grime should be gently washed away with a safe-to-use biodegradable cleaner and warm water.

Treat your finish with a bit of extra care until the wax has cured completely. Under normal conditions, the curing time will be between 5 and 21 days.

Head on over to our Instagram for more furniture painting ideas and inspiration using Annie Sloan products, and be sure to share your projects with us in the comments below and on Facebook or Instagram!

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