Furniture transformations using Kmart chalk paint
In fact, the Facebook group Kmart Home Decor and Hacks is full of before-and-after furniture transformations using none other than Kmart’s popular chalk paint.
What is the difference between chalk paint and regular paint?
Chalk paint stands out from regular paint, including acrylic, because of its versatility. It can be applied to most surfaces, including wood, metal, and fabric, without having to prep the surface. Depending on the surface you're painting, other paint types may need more prep work, such as sanding, priming, or removing old paint.
Chalk paint is popular for its matte finish, perfect for achieving a rustic, vintage, or distressed look. Regular paint offers a wide range of finishes, including matte, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss, allowing greater flexibility in achieving specific looks.
Other differences between chalk paint and regular paint:
Drying time: chalk paint typically dries faster.
Sealing: chalk paint often needs sealing, while most regular paint types form a washable surface without sealing.
Consistency: chalk paint has a thicker consistency, resulting in more texture.
We’ve rounded up our favourite before and after furniture transformations from Facebook if you're looking for chalk paint inspiration.
The best Kmart chalk paint furniture makeovers
Dresser and drawers
Karina shared this dresser transformation on Facebook saying: "Honestly I was inspired by all the amazing posts on here but it was super hard to find what everyone used!
"I tried a sponge brush that didn’t work. Then a normal brush and it wasn’t giving the finish I wanted and looked sh*t. But a roller was the best way to go. I didn’t prep them or seal them and the finish great!"
- White and vintage green chalk paint from Kmart
- Paint roller set from Bunnings
- Embossed handles from Kmart
Jaimiee shared her amazing buffet transformation saying, "Completed a little makeover on my buffet using the Kmart chalk finish black!"
When asked if she pre sanded the buffet, Jaimiee says she didn't. But she did have to putty and sand the timber slats she purchased from Bunnings to place on the front on the buffet.
She added that she has sealed her buffet using the "chalked seal matte finish."
Another savvy DIY-er wanted to know how much paint she used for this project.
"I used a full pot," replied Jaimiee.
Sandi shared this Kmart chalk paint makeover, and everyone loves it.
"Another chalk paint and Kmart contact," she wrote.
Sandi says she plans to add hooks instead of shelves to hang coats.
Old cabinet makeover
Alison shared this huge cabinet makeover. "I decided to revamp our old cabinet with Kmart white chalk paint and a wooden top from Bunnings" she wrote.
The wooden top is Live edge timber from Bunnings and the sealant she used was Cabot's 1L Matte Water Based Cabothane Clear Polyurethane Varnish.
Bedroom dresser and bedside table
Terri shared this dresser and bedside table transformation, saying, "Finished my furniture in my bedroom. Used Kmart chalk paint, added a few drops of yellow food colour – this is the result."
Someone was quick to ask if Terri "rubbed it back a little?"
To which Terri replied, "Yes I did. I've given it the worn effect."
Dining room table and chairs
Jodie shared a fabulous dining room table transformation we can't get enough of.
"Kmart chalk paint to the rescue again! I looked at buying a new dining suite to match my coastal theme for $1000... Or I could paint my old one for $20!!" she wrote.
When we reached out to Jodie about her amazing dining room transformation, she also shared this stair makeover she did using Kmart chalk paint.
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