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10 colourful chalk painted furniture projects to inspire you to get upcycling this weekend


by Megan Burns
07th Aug 2020
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With hardware stores open again, now is a great time to reinvent an old piece of furniture. Here are some inspirational chalk painted furniture projects to get your creative juices flowing. 


Chalk paint is a great way to transform a piece of furniture that’s looking dated, or a little worse for wear. It requires little preparation, and gives a wonderfully matt finish, as well as coming in a great range of colours.

There are plenty of different application techniques to give you a variety of finishes, and different waxes can also be used to adjust the finish. Now that hardware stores are open in Ireland again, chalk painting an old piece of furniture is a great DIY project, and you’ll have a unique piece in the colour of your choosing.

If you want to see the kind of look you could achieve, or need some inspiration for your project, look no further, as we’ve collected 10 great chalk painted furniture projects to get you started.

A tired dining table and chairs can become the centrepiece of your kitchen with some playful colour choices, as this green and pink combination shows. The dusky finish that chalk paint leaves ensures this look is serene rather than shouty.

An old piece that’s past its best can feel modern and vibrant with a coat of the right shade. The gorgeous mustard colour of this dresser adds warmth and richness to a room.

Showing you don’t just have to stick to one colour, you can easily get creative with your design. This geometric look transforms an unwanted wardrobe into a real feature.

This outdated secretary desk has been brought into the 21st century with a dark blue shade and some patterned wallpaper. I love that some scuffs and imperfections have been left, acknowledging the history of the piece.

Vintage dining chairs like this are a common sight in charity and second hand shops, but they’re often made in dark wood that doesn’t fit easily into modern homes. This paint job shows that they can be given a more subtle colour to coordinate with your scheme.

For something even more special, why not get arty with your design? This gorgeous floral cabinet shows that you can use chalk paint to create any design you think of, not just solid colours.

Go for a contrasting colour to your chosen wall shade for a real pop, as this deep blue cabinet shows.

This bold black shade looks great on a bedside table, perfect for creating a moody vibe.

An old piece of furniture can be made to coordinate with a new favourite — in this case, this dresser now matches this velvet armchair.

Another transformed dining chair, this time it’s been given a subtle grey to complement its seat upholstery.


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