Using Chalk Paint – Episode 1

Chalk Paint 1

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There is a little preparation, using masking tape to help get a crisp edge to the painting, and then Paul starts the application of the chalk paint red under coat. Once that has dried, he applies the black second coat. This prepares us for the sanding through in the next episode.


  1. odysseus on 5 June 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Fascinating, so informative and useful. Generally I loathe paints having used oil based paints and found them hideous, worse getting them off. I bought some Victorian walnut balloon backed chairs that had been badly painted signal red, but that did mean I got them inexpensively. Stripped and shellaced they are a delight. I knew nothing about these natural paints and it was so well presented that I enjoyed learning about techniques so that perhaps one day I will try them, if I can ever overcome my prejudice of loving to see natural wood.


  2. mcneile3 on 5 June 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Great video as always Paul! Are your benches and tool cupboard chalk paint too?

  3. tmpt on 6 June 2015 at 12:30 am

    Hey Paul, my wife and I just recently discovered Annie Sloan chalk paint. Your video closely resembled the class she took. Pretty amazing product. Thanks for the demo!

    • Paul Sellers on 8 June 2015 at 10:34 am

      Yes, I liked it as a ready mix and it shouldn’t be confused with other paints that say chalk or milk paint on the can because many of them are in fact acrylic paints that gum up when sanding. I have found this just excellent to use.

  4. Mark-Dusty-Miller on 6 June 2015 at 7:00 am

    Perfect timing hopefully it will run ok for me. Just about to consider doing this to my new tool cabinet I’ve made for the wall and Ill be sure to watch this before I do anything.

  5. abtuser on 7 June 2015 at 6:42 am

    No problems with resins coming through when using chalk paint? I usually use shellac first. Interesting.

  6. António on 9 June 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Thank You WWMC for another usefull video!

  7. Brian M on 9 June 2015 at 7:59 pm

    As a protective outer layer, would using an amber (or darker) shellac add to the aged look?

  8. Mark Burgess on 15 June 2015 at 4:51 am

    I was wondering about the resins coming through as well. I’m building a table for my daughter at the moment, and my wife wants to paint it with either milk paint or chalk paint. She’s interested in making it look a lot older that it is.
    The reason I wonder about the resins is, I’m making this out of reclaimed white pine. I once made a door for the pantry with white pine and I ended up painting it twice with varnish then put a couple of coats of paint over that. It still bleeds through with all of that on it.
    Thanks Paul for you way of teaching, you do it so good.
    God Bless you

    • terrence on 14 July 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Mark Burgess,
      Two or three coats of shellac as a primer under the paint will seal most pine resins. Zinzer makes a primer called BIN that is a white pigmented shellac and it works great. Any kind of shellac works. Try it, have fun.

    • Robert Wear on 19 March 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Shellac or BIN seal would be better than varnish because the oils can bleed through it also.

  9. nevynxxx on 15 June 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Hope fully it doesn’t sound ungrateful when I say “What’s the ETA on Episode 2”?

    As an aside, I watched this in bed, and as often happens with these videos Paul’s voice snagged my wife’s interest. Five minutes later she said “I can’t believe we are sat watching a man paint a box.” She was then disappointed we couldn’t watch episode two!

  10. D.J. King on 15 June 2015 at 10:39 pm


    At 24:30 you say, “I like black paint on a red box.What does that say about me?” All i kept hearing in my head was Mick Jagger singing, “I see your red box and I want to paint it black. I think you’re in good company. Very nice video. I love the look of wood grain and shellacked finishes that I often shy away from using paints. I think I often regard painted wood as a travesty because so often it hides beautiful grain or was done by some sacrilegious fool. You’ve shown me that painting with the right paint, it can be so beautiful, appropriate, and complementary. Thanks for once again expanding my horizons.

  11. Nir on 22 June 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Hi guys,
    very interesting. I’m always exited to learn new techniques and materials.
    what happened to the second episode ?

  12. jmahoney on 9 November 2015 at 6:20 am

    Psychologically disturbed kid, black on white, black on red, I may wonder if you’re a Scorpio Paul lol. Excellent information though, I will be using chalk paint after seeing this series.

  13. Thiago Dias on 20 December 2018 at 2:20 pm

    The video doesn’t seem to be loading as fast as newer ones, probably because this is more than 3 years old and servers don’t have it cached. Gonna look it up at youtube, but just wanted to give a heads up for this issue with older videos (noticed the same thing happening with other old videos on the site). Thanks for all the content, anyway. Always love every class.

    • Thiago Dias on 20 December 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Ugh! After clicking on post comment I read the disclaimer saying not to use comments for technical stuff. Sorry 🙁

  14. daniel_bohrer on 25 November 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Like the Rolling Stones already said, “I see a red chest, and I want to paint it black…”

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