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What Exactly Is Chalk Paint? Here's Everything You Need to Know

What exactly is chalk paint?


What exactly is chalk paint? Are you looking for a simple, inexpensive way to give your furniture and other objects a second life? Then chalk paint is the perfect solution for you! This unique paint can be used on almost any surface. It has the ability to transform your ordinary objects into spectacular ones.

Chalk paint has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Known as “chalk paint“, this type of paint was first invented in Europe. Chalk paint is better known in English than in French. Colorantic is North America’s only bilingual chalk paint manufacturer! We’re the only one of its kind in Quebec, and we advertise in both English and French. Our blogs are bilingual, as is our customer service. It’s perfect for enthusiasts who love makeovers and want to give a unique style to their interior and/or exterior decorations.

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A complete guide to chalk painting


It’s a decorative paint often used to add an aged look to furniture and other decorative objects. Its name, “chalk paint”, comes from its matt, chalky finish.

Colorantic chalk paint is a water-based acrylic paint with liquid chalk. We add colorants according to decorating trends. Our paint gives a matt appearance, and if you add a wax or glaze, you’ll get a worn, aged or antique finish.

There are also clay paints, milk paints and paints with added powders, such as plaster of Paris. At Colorantic, we do not recommend adding powders to wall paints. Many powders contain carcinogens, and we don’t want to endanger your health! So it’s vital to use a safe chalk paint like Colorantic, which is made in Quebec, Canada by real Canadian chemists. We care about our customers and want to keep you healthy!

What’s the difference between standard and chalk paint?

The difference between a standard paint and a chalk paint, such as Colorantic, also lies in the product’s density and texture. Various brands of wall paint will cover much less (e.g. 1 part), while Colorantic chalk paint will cover about +0.5 part more. We’re confident you’ll love painting with our rich, velvety paint!

Colorantic paint requires very few steps. We have a small amount of water-based primer in our recipe, but we’ve chosen not to use as much as some competing brands. Why? Since we want to leave you free to apply adistressed, worn or antiqued finish to your furniture. We leave it up to you to choose which type of finish you’d like to experiment with. Colorantic paint is a reliable source for all types of customers: from beginners to experts. Our paint has excellent coverage, high quality and few coats are needed for your furniture project.

Advantages of using chalk paint


Unlike conventional or standard paints, whether water- or oil-based, except in special cases, this paint requires little or no sanding or priming before application. Follow the instructions according to the surface.

Chalk paint is perfect for recycling old furniture without the unpleasant steps of deep stripping and sanding. In fact, we have a very popular nail polish remover that does the job in just a few spray steps. Simply spray your surface. If the furniture or surface is still sticky, repeat spraying the varnish remover cleaner until your furniture is completely dry to the touch. If still sticky = repeat the make-up remover step.

Our paint is available in a wide variety of colors, allowing you to give your objects a makeover that perfectly complements your decor. Colorantic currently offers 32 pre-mixed colors, 8 seasonal colors, and ready-to-tint bases with the colorant company of your choice. Did you know that a Colorantic retailer that has bases in stock can use its own colorants in-store? Colorantic also offers online service if you don’t have a retailer near you.

The fact that it requires very little preparation makes it a very attractive product.

Using chalk paint is easy!


Our chalk-based paint has a creamy, ready-to-use texture. It dries quickly, so you can give it a second coat in no time. Depending on weather conditions, full drying time may vary from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Once the paint is completely dry, you can seal it with wax, varnish or glaze. Three different products to suit your needs.

In conclusion, using chalk paint is one of the best ways to give furniture and other interior decorating items an aged look without having to spend too much time or money doing it! It’s incredibly easy to use and is available in a wide range of colors so you can easily customize any room to suit your personal style. What’s more, on certain surfaces such as oil varnish, oil paint, plastic, metal and melamine, you’ll need additional sealers such as Colorantic’s matte varnish, waxes or glazes after painting. Cleaning is quick and easy, too! So if you’re looking for a simple but effective way to spruce up any room in your home, try chalk paint! You won’t regret it! What exactly is chalk paint? Now you know!


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