If you’ve been around LVN for a while now, you probably know one of my favorite things to do is paint old furniture. And my go-to product is generally chalk paint. I just love how easy it is to use and it’s always worked really well for me. But when I was browsing Home Depot the other day, I came across chalky spray paint. Yep, chalk paint in a can. Have you guys heard of this before?! I think it’s actually been out for a while now, so I’m probably way behind the curve, but holy cow chalk paint in a can! Of course I had to try it out and see how it compares to normal chalk paint. So today I’m sharing what happened when I tested it on a little side table and a full review of this chalky spray paint.
One of the things I love so much about chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand the furniture before painting. And you don’t need a primer either, which makes the painting process a total breeze. So when I bought the chalky spray paint, I really wanted to see if it would allow me to skip the same steps and still get a good result. I found an old side table, did no sanding or priming, and this is what happened using the Rust-Oleum Chalked Spray Paint in the color Aged Gray.
The coverage with this spray paint is good, but you definitely have to build it up slowly. I was a little disappointed with the first coat–as you can see it was splotchy and fairly light in coverage when first applied. However, when I applied the second coat I noticed it not only went on more evenly, but the coverage was much better. So I’d definitely recommend at least 2 layers, possibly 3 depending on what you’re working on. Just be sure to let each coat fully dry before adding another.
With no sanding and no priming, I was really interested to see how the chalk paint adhered to the table. I found that it bubbled up in some spots and went on smoothly in others, as you can see in this shot. Applying spray paint is always tricky, I find it’s hard to get an even application, and this was no different. But I’m happy to say the second coat covered up all of the little bubble areas and I ended up with a nice, even application.
Here it is after 2 coats:
With normal chalk paint, the finish is really dry and kind of rough–which is why you need to go over it with wax. With this spray paint, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the finish was nice and smooth and there was no need for wax. Yay! It is definitely matte, but still really smooth and soft to the touch. No waxing is a HUGE plus in my book.
Here’s the finished look:
Overall I’d say this chalky spray paint is awesome. At first I wasn’t so impressed, but once I got that second coat on I was actually really happy with the look. No sanding, no priming, no need for wax, just spray it on and go. Plus I was able to add a bit of distressing with sandpaper and had no problem, which is another plus. And I can’t get over the fact that it’s waaaaaaay cheaper than my usual Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with a very similar result. I honestly think this works just as well as regular chalk paint. The trick is making sure you apply it in thin, even coats, which can sometimes be hard to do with spray paint. And just for reference, I used one full can for this project, so you’d need to grab a few cans for anything larger.
Ok friends, that’s my full review of the Rust-Oleum Chalked Spray Paint. I think the table turned out pretty darn cute. I’d love to hear what you think of the finished look. And feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Thanks so much for stopping by!
If you’re interested in learning more about regular chalk paint, here’s more info and my best tips and tricks…