How To Paint Over Any Chalk-painted Surface

by Houston Texas Painters - August 20, 2021
Houston Texas Painters - How To Paint Over Any Chalk-painted Surface

Chalk paint goes over anything, right? But what if it’s the other way around? Maybe a glossy coat of paint would look nice on that lovely chalk-painted coffee table! Can you paint over it? Absolutely! But first, you need some preparation. Here you’ll learn how to paint over chalk paint!

Why is chalk paint everywhere?

Originally, chalk paint was designed to be an easy and reliable paint for vintage pieces of furniture that often have imperfections and cracks. 

This type of paint became so popular in recent years for two reasons: 

  • You can paint over a piece of furniture without any kind of preparation. 
  • It has a smooth matte finish that became a trend for home interior decorators. 

However, several years have passed since chalk paint began booming, and now many people wonder how to paint over it. 

Look no further, here you’ll learn how!

How to paint over chalk paint

What paint can go over chalk paint? You can use any type, from latex to oil-based paints. However, painting over it needs some preparation, although it is not that hard. 

Most of the things you need to do (cleaning, sanding, and priming) are the regular preparations for any paint job. 

You can consult the basic painting tools here. Additionally, if your piece of furniture has a wax finish, you’ll need to remove it first with mineral spirits and a scrubbing sponge

Step 1. Remove the wax finish

Before painting a chalk-painted piece of furniture or wall, you first need to remove the wax finish. Most chalk paint jobs are sealed with wax, which makes them more durable.

However, not all chalk paint jobs have a wax finish! If you want to know, just scrap the surface with your finger. If wax builds up under your fingernail, remove the wax finish with mineral spirits and a scrubbing sponge.

Step 2. Sand the chalk paint

Once you wash the wax, chalk paint is exposed, and you can remove it easily. However, sanding the old paint is enough. 

Use a fine or medium grit sanding block. It will smooth the surface, so the new coat of paint adheres more evenly. Also, it can remove any remaining wax!

Step 3. Clean the entire surface

One of the general rules for painting is that the surface must be clean so that the new paint can adhere smoothly. You can clean the entire surface with soapy water and a soft sponge. 


Many DIYers and professional painters use TPS mixed in hot water to make sure the surface is spotless before painting.

Step 4. Apply the primer

Many people use chalk paint because you can skip the primer, as the paint is thick and opaque enough to cover most imperfections. However, if you are painting over chalk paint using acrylic or latex paint, you should use at least a coat of primer. 

Apply the primer in pieces of furniture using a brush or paint gun. For walls, you can use a roller. Wait until the first coat dries and add a second coat if needed.

Are you not sure if you need to prime the surface? Read more about when to use primer!

Step 5. Paint!

Once the last coat of primer is dry to touch, you can start painting. Use a brush for pieces of furniture and a roller for walls. If you are painting wood furniture, be sure to follow the wood grain to give it a smooth finish!

If you want to get the perfect wall paint job with a roller, check out our guide here!

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