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How to Achieve Distressed Style Painted Furniture

"I want to give my furniture a new style, but don’t want to affect the overall look of my home"

Chalky Furniture Paint

Chalky Furniture Paint 

Fancy giving your old furniture a stylish vintage look? Our Chalky Furniture Paint transforms old furniture into fashionable masterpieces, suitable for any modern home. These surface paints are designed to be easy to apply, cost effective and bring life back to your furniture.

Chalky Furniture Paint dries to a smooth, matt finish giving you the chic, distressed and rustic feel to your old tables, cupboards, chairs and wardrobes. In fact, this long lasting paint can be used on almost any surface. This guide will help to show you how to create this classic vintage appearance!


Before applying your furniture paint, ensure that the surface is clean and free from dust, wax or oil. If wax has been used, clean the surface thoroughly with white spirit to ensure that the paint for furniture is able to grip well to the surface. We recommend that bare unsanded wood is sanded prior to application to improve results.

Note: Stir the furniture paint thoroughly before use.


The transformation is ready to begin. Once the furniture has been prepared for application you are ready to apply some colourful furniture paint. If you are aiming to create this distressed vintage style you first must choose a coloured furniture paint for the base coat and a second colour for the top coat in order to create a distinctive contrast. The base colour will show through in the sanded areas of your furniture to create that rustic affect, and the top coat will be the main colour of your furniture. For inspiration on this, check out our Pinterest page.

This surface paint can easily be applied by brush or roller. If applying by brush, make sure to apply an even amount of furniture paint across the grain of the wood for best results. If applying with a roller, use a short pile mohair roller to get good even coverage. We recommend that you apply two coats of the furniture paint you have chosen for the base coat, and allow four hours drying time between coats.


Once the base coat has dried, you may then apply one coat of your top colour. Make sure that you cover all over the furniture – don’t worry if you can’t see any of the base coats at this stage. Now let the top coat completely dry before you move on to creating a vintage effect.

When the top coat has completely dried you’ll be ready to lightly sand the surface and achieve a distressed affect. Using both wet and dry sandpaper focus on sanding corners, edges and particular areas where there would be natural wear. Once you are happy with the look, finish by protecting your furniture with Furniture Finishing Wax. Simply apply evenly all over the furniture with a cloth, leave for 10 minutes and then buff to a soft sheen – and there you have it! You are now ready to sit back and enjoy your new furniture.

Chalky Furniture Paint is available in these 16 vibrant shades, have fun experimenting!