How to Use Valspar Chalky Finish Paint

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Even after the numerous projects I have done, this one blog post continues to come up….. almost daily. (Here is the link ) I was really a novice to refinishing furniture and that was my first blog discussing paint brands. It came up so often, that Valspar offered to let me try their new Chalky finish paint to see how I liked it.  I agreed…and gave it a try. I want to share with you how this product works and how to prep your piece to get started.

Here is a list of supplies to prepare before you get started.


1) Valspar chalky finish paintDSC_0196

2) Valspar sealing wax

3) Valspar antiquing wax *optional

4) Paint roller, tray and paint brush

5) Heavy bristle brush for clear wax

6) Separate heavy bristle brush for antiquing wax

7) T-shirt rag for wax

8) Damp sponge


One of the reasons I like using the decorative chalk paint is because there is little prep work. I prepared this project the same way I do all of my other decorative chalk paint projects. Here are the steps along with some feedback of the product.


1) Wash your project with hot soapy water. Let it dry.

2) Smooth out any rough edges and remove hardware.

Use sandpaper to smooth any rough spots. Remove the hardware you won’t be painting. Take a look at replacing  your  hardware with something unique.

3) Paint your project.

I used a paint roller first and then followed up with a brush to smooth my strokes and paint the hard to reach crevices.




The Valspar chalky finish paint rolled on very smoothly and easily. It offered a nice matte finish with a vibrant color. The color I used was a vibrant green called “Grosgrain.”

4) Apply the sealing wax.

The Valspar sealing wax must be applied before the antiquing wax.  This sealing wax had a unique texture. It was more like a lotion or sealant and  did not have the “waxy” consistency that I was used to. However,  it worked just fine. It was actually easier to work with. I applied it with a brush and then wiped off the excess with a t-shirt rag.




5) Apply antiquing wax.

Only apply the antiquing wax if you choose to “antique” your project. YOU MUST APPLY THE CLEAR WAX FIRST. If you do not apply the clear wax first, the paint will just soak up the dark wax and leave you with messy dark spots. This wax was also the same unusual texture as the clear wax and was  just as easy to work with. I easily created the “antiqued” look I was going for.




6) Add new hardware.

These knobs were my only splurge for this project.



They are from and were a bit pricey. However, I think adding unique knobs or handles can completely create your piece. I love the color/design  and how they compliment my project and my room!




If you would like to purchase this paint, it is currently available at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.


I shared this project on our show, Daytime Blue Ridge.  Ryan Anderson was the talented videographer. Watch the video and I will take you step by step.

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.


  1. Lea

    August 12, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Just wondering if you had used Valspar chalky finish on upholestery? i know you can use Annie Sloan on fabric but wasn’t sure about the Valspar. Also is the Valspar wax thick like Annie Sloan?

  2. melissa

    September 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Does this paint chip or scratch easily? I have never used this but it looks simple enough. Does it feel like chalk when you are finished? How long do you leave the wax on and the antiquing wax on? Thank you!

  3. lydia

    September 24, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    hi I am in the beginning stages of transforming my projects I have always wanted to redue my dinning table & chairs with chalk paint but have been hesitant due to never using chalk paint your video has given me great motivation but now I am just trying to make the decision of using the valspar or annie sloan I am a mother of 4 & although I love annie sloan products they are a bit pricy any how my question is with 4 kids & constant use of the table what would you say would hold up better I have read so many different reviews on the valspar not being great for big projects like mine & i know annie sloan has a lacquer to seal that has some amazing reviews but I haven’t seen any for valspar. I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me with this maybe email me back thanks for your time & motivation.

  4. Emily Reynolds

    October 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Hi!! Thank you so much for your post and video!! I am getting ready to up cycle a dresser for our daughter’s nursery and I’m trying the Valspar chalky paint to get the mint color I’m looking for! What brand brushes do you recommend for the paint and wax? What size do you use? Do you use just any type of paint roller?? Your project turned out so well, I’m hopeful mine will be as successful!! Thank you for your advice!! I love just down the road from you at Smith Mountain Lake!! 🙂


  5. Shelby

    April 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Hi, I purchased the Valspar chalk finish, clear wax, and antiquing wax. I am fairly new to the process of refinishing furniture, and I wasn’t aware that the chalk finish needed to be tinted (I assumed it was only a clear finish that added texture to an already painted piece), so I had already painted my piece with regular paint and then sanded and distressed. Do you think I could still use the clear wax along with the antiquing wax to achieve a similar look to what I was wanting, even though I didn’t use the chalk finish? Thank you in advance!

    • Lindee Katdare

      July 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Shelby, so you purchased the paint off of the shelf and you didn’t color it? Do you like the color? If so, I say wax away!
      *I am sorry for the delayed response. This message was in my spam folder!

  6. Jan Benson

    July 24, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I have red oak bedroom furniture which begins to look “orange”. My husband stained them and varnished them when they were new and they looked good but not anymore. question is can I use the valspar chalk paint and wax straight on to the furniture even if it has been lightly varnished (matt finish not high gloss varnish)

    • Lindee Katdare

      September 10, 2016 at 10:06 am


      Sorry for the delayed response. I must have an issue, with my website. I am not getting any message alerts. You should be able to paint right over it. I will often do a light sanding just to be safe. Good luck!

  7. Lori fabbo

    February 3, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Hello, I was wondering how many coats of clear wax should I apply. Do you buff it out after dries? AS paint is different I think Valspa being latex I like it much better. Thank you for your time.


    • Lindee Katdare

      February 8, 2017 at 10:13 pm


      I use one coat of clear wax and then buff it while it is still soft for the Annie Sloan. For The Valspar, your just apply the clear coat. No buffing required.


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