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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know by now that I’m a huge fan of chalky finish paint. (And if you’re not, now you know.) Hey – I even wrote a 10-page guide on using chalky finish paint (which you get if you subscribe to my newsletter, by the way! You can do that HERE, if you’re interested!). That’s how much I looooove the stuff.
So of course I was totally intrigued when I saw chalky finish spray paint appear in my craft store several months ago. I was a little hesitant to purchase it, however. Reason being = I kind of despise spray paint. Any time I use spray paint I mess something up. Whether it’s the project, the surrounding surfaces, or my nose hairs (yes, I almost always end up with spray painted nose hairs), something is bound to go wrong.
But one day I decided to use my craft store 40% off coupon and buy a can of Krylon chalky finish spray paint, in an effort to spruce up some intricate picture frames and ceramic candle holders that I thought might be hard to brush paint. I gave it a go and lived to tell my story. (Dramatic, no?) Because I KNOW I’m not the only one whose wondered if this stuff really works, I decided to share my chalky finish spray paint review!
Long story short, I really love this stuff! (Keep reading to see the nitty gritty of my review.)
It worked perfectly for my projects, which would have been really difficult to refinish with regular chalky finish paint (especially the frames, which have a lot of crevices). The chalky finish spray paint gave me exactly the look I was going for without the hassle (and uneven finish) that regular chalky finish paint would have provided on these particular pieces.
So now that you’ve seen what I used chalky finish spray paint on, let me give you my totally unbiased review of the product. (Why is it unbiased, you ask? Well, I simply mean that this post has not been sponsored in any way, shape or form by Krylon or any other entity. It’s just me sharing my totally honest thoughts.)
Like regular chalky finish paint, chalky finish spray paint has excellent coverage. I used two coats of the product on each of the items I was refinishing, which is what I would have done for a solid finish with regular chalky finish paint.
There is definitely an odor to chalky finish spray paint, unlike most regular chalky finish paints. You definitely would want to use the product outside or in a well-ventilated area.
To me, chalky finish spray paint seems like the PERFECT paint for smaller pieces that you want a super smooth and solid finish on, or those with intricate details. I would not try to refinish a large dresser with chalky finish spray paint, just because you would have to buy so many cans of it, which would get really expensive! But smaller furniture projects like chairs or stools are definitely doable!
Unfortunately, there aren’t many colors of chalky finish spray paint available. Hopefully the color range will increase as popularity of the product increases. You can check out the colors here; Amazon seems to sell most, if not all, of them.
From what I can tell, it’s awesome, just like regular chalky finish paint. I removed the dust from the surfaces I was spraying, but I didn’t have to sand them down before spraying. And the paint is sticking wonderfully! Granted, I didn’t spray pieces that get a lot of use (like a table), but it does seem like it provides a durable finish.
I actually thought applying chalky finish spray paint was easier than regular spray paint. As I mentioned above, I am not the best spray painter. But something about chalky finish spray paint seemed easier to use. It did not run as easily as regular spray paint, and I got a much more even finish with it than I do with regular spray paint. Thank goodness! (Unfortunately I did still end up with spray painted nose hairs. Note to self: buy a face mask. Stat.)
I have personally only seen this product at Michaels, but not at any home improvement stores, which is kind of a bummer. It is also available online at Amazon.
Finishing (UPDATE 11/06/15)
Krylon also has a spray wax product for finishing your chalky paint projects! I bought a can and tested it out – you can read that review RIGHT HERE!
All in all, I think chalky finish spray paint is a great product. I’m really glad I bit the bullet and gave it a try, because I will definitely be using it on other projects in the future.
Have you tried chalky finish spray paint? If so, leave me a note and tell me about your experience with it!