Howdy ho and happy Monday to you! How was your weekend? I hope you’re feeling bright eyed and ready to take on the week with vigor and zest. Today I am sooooo excited to be doing a full review and comparison between the Rust-Oleum chalky spray paint versus the regular Rust-Oleum chalk paint. I’ve had this review on my to-do list for a while now because I was curious about how these two paints would do side by side on an identical piece of furniture. So when I recently found a set of four dining chairs at my local Goodwill for $5 each I knew it was go time. For this review I painted one chair with the regular Rust-Oleum chalk paint and another chair with the chalky spray paint. I’m comparing how each one looks after the first coat, then the second coat, and also after I distressed them both with sandpaper. Then to sum it all up I’m sharing which paint I think did a better job. Sounds like a lot, right?! It is. Grab a snack or maybe a caffeinated beverage if you’re into that kind of thing and let’s get to it.
Pretty good find, right?! Since I’m using chalk paint I did nothing to prep the chairs. That’s the big benefit of chalk paint–no sanding. I simply cleaned them up with hot soapy water to get off any dust or junk. Then they were ready to go! Here’s how they looked after the first coat of paint:
Thoughts after FIRST Coat of Paint
- The spray paint went on super quick and it was especially easy to use for the tricky spindles and legs (which are super annoying to paint). It also filled in around the scrolling and details of the chair a lot easier. After one coat there were no streaks, but some noticeable lines that are typical with spray paint. It took one entire can of spray paint to cover the chair.
- The regular chalk paint took about twice as long to apply and there were noticeable streaks after one coat. It was also much more difficult to get worked into all the little curves and details in the chair.
- I got more coverage with the regular chalk paint, but it was super streaky as you can see. For the spray painted chair, you can still see the wood grain if you look closely at the seat, but the application otherwise was very even. Both needed a second coat.
- Even though both paints are in the color Linen White, the chair done with regular paint was a brighter white while the spray paint looked to have more of a gray undertone in person.
Thoughts after the SECOND Coat of Paint
- Again the spray paint went on must faster. It only took about 10 minutes to do the second coat with spray paint, while painting the chair with regular chalk paint took about 25 minutes.
- The second coat gave significantly more coverage for the chair done with regular chalk paint, while the chair done with spray paint wasn’t quite as heavy (you can still see the wood grain on that chair). It took another full can of spray paint for the second coat, but it probably could have looked even better with a third coat of paint.
- The regular chalk paint was harder to get into all the scrolling and details of the chair. As you can see I didn’t get them fully covered, but that was ok because I planned to distress the chair anyway. The spray paint worked great to get in all the little curves.
- The regular chalk paint dried to more of a matte finish, while the spray paint chair dried to a semi-gloss finish.
Other tidbits to consider:
Distressing: I was able to distress both chairs with sandpaper. The coverage on the spray painted chair was thinner so it seemed to come off easier.
Wax: I didn’t apply any sealer or wax to the chairs because I just wanted to compare the paint.
Price Comparison: The spray paint is roughly $7 a can at my local hardware store and it took two full cans to do one chair–so total cost in paint was $14 per chair. The regular chalk paint is the more affordable option, as a 30oz can costs $17 and that would easily cover all four large chairs.
Oh boy, this is a super tough choice because I really liked both of them. But if I absolutely had to choose just one, I’d probably go with the regular Rust-Oleum chalk paint because I feel like it will be more durable over time. It provided a heavier coverage compared to the spray paint and I feel like it really soaked into the wood, while the spray paint just kind of sat on top of it. And with dining chairs like this, I think the spray paint could wear off on the seat of the chair as time went on. I also preferred the matte finish of the regular paint–the spray paint was more glossy. However, with that said I was impressed with the spray paint. The application was very smooth and there were no streaks at all. I think it would make a GREAT alternative if you’re working on something small that might not get a ton of daily use. And you can’t deny the fact that it’s super convenient. No washing brushes or any of that fuss, it’s just quick and easy.
Well I hope you enjoyed this little side-by-side comparison and review of the Rust-Oleum chalky spray paint and the regular chalk paint! And I hope it’s helpful if you’ve wondered about how these two paints compare. Let me know if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help! xo
Also be sure to check out these other posts on chalk painting: