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Layering Chalk Paint® On Furniture

Layering Chalk Paint® is a fun and easy way to give your furniture pieces some added depth, dimension and interest. Using these simple layering paint techniques, you'll learn how to layer two colors of chalk paint together to create visual interest and depth to your furniture piece. Layering paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® colors is really simple and easy to do

With a little bit of practice, even a beginner can do it! There are a lot of different ways to achieve a layered Chalk Paint® look

Today, I'm going to explain one of my favorite methods, called Dry Brushing. With this method, I'll be two color distressing with chalk paint and explain how to layer chalk paint colors. 
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Meet Ms. Emory. This lovely full bed frame traveled all the way from Pennsylvania to Arizona. She had been well cared for and was taking up space in an unused guest bedroom. 

With just a few minor scratches here and there, Ms. Emory was a great candidate for layering Chalk Paint®!

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Chalk Style Paint

For this chalk paint furniture technique, I used Provence & Aubusson Blue, two of Annie Sloan chalk paint colors. Mix them together and they make my favorite turquoise chalk paint!

Clear Plastic Wrap

Lint Free Cloth or an old T-shirt


Layering two colors of chalk paint is an great way to practice blending chalk paint if you're just starting out. 

Of course you can always layer more than just two chalk paint paint colors, but if you're just starting to learn how to layer Annie Sloan chalk paint- start by picking two furniture paint colors to work with.

Then, add more chalk paint colors as you feel comfortable!

Here's an in depth tutorial on how to layer paint. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away in the comment section!


Step 1: Decide If You Want Your Furniture To Look Distressed

Decide if you want some of the original wood finish to peak through on your piece. I personally like to leave some of the underlying wood showing. 

I think it gives my furniture an added layer of color plus, revealing some of the wood gives a piece a naturally distressed look without ever having to pick up a piece of sandpaper

And I think it's less work!... Visit our detailed tutorial to Learn how to naturally distress your furniture with paint! :) We're going with "show the original wood" for this furniture makeover.

Step 2: Start With Your Darkest Chalk Paint® Color

I like to start with my darkest paint color shade when I'm layering paint. Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint® is the darkest shade I'm working with so it's first in the lineup. 

I lightly dip my paintbrush into the chalk paint® so that the bottom 1/2 inch of the brush is covered. 

My first layer of chalk paint goes on very light.  I brush it all over the edges of the headboard working in small sections at a time

To get a variety of coverage, I place my newly wet paintbrush in different places within the area that I'm working, then I brush out from the first few strokes. This helps you get color variation in your piece. 

I work the Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint® into all of the crevices being careful to allow some of the wood to show in places. For this bed makeover, I concentrate the darkest shading along the edges and lines of the piece

Small amounts of Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint® were also painted onto the flat spaces of the headboard to give the darker blue a chance to peek through the Provence (coming next). 

My goal for this 1st step is NOT to have full coverage. Once I finish applying my darkest color, I wrapped my paintbrush in saran wrap to keep the brush moist because I'll come back to this paint brush in a bit. 

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Step 3: Apply Your Second Chalk Paint® Color Layer

I grab a second paintbrush and gave the headboard a medium coat of Provence Chalk Paint® (being careful not to rub my brush too heavy over the Aubusson Blue chalk paint because I want that color to show).

Can you see the contrasting colors in the below picture?

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Step 3 Example: How about in this next picture? Do you see the Aubusson Blue peeking through the corners? Now, we've got a few layers going on... You can see the Provence, the Aubusson Blue, and the original wood.

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Step 4: Dry Brush Paint To Add Extra Highlights

Once I have the coverage I want with the Provence (lighter color), I unwrap my original paintbrush from the saran wrap and just barely dip it into the Aubusson Blue paint (darkest color).

Really, just barely enough to dampen the ends of the bristles. 

At this point in the project, I'm looking to add a few additional highlights to the piece. So, I'm not using a lot of pressure with my brush.

I'm not putting gobs of chalk paint on my brush. My goal is for light, long sweeping motions across the headboard.

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Step 4 Example: If you look closely to the flat space on this footboard you can see the blue sweeping strokes. The lighter the strokes, the more blended your layering will look

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Keep reading to get a great chalk paint layering tip and get the last step in this tutorial! You're almost finished! Then, come back and see these other awesome chalk paint techniques!


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Layering Hint! When you're layering chalk paint on your next project, don't worry about being systematic.

Layering paint is about making mistakes, having fun and playing around with paint. It's not supposed to be matchy-matchy. It doesn't have to be uniform. 

And if you get too much chalk paint on your brush, you can always wipe the excess off or go back over and dry brush another color on top of it.

Chalk Paint® is forgiving. ;)

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Step 5: Protect Your Furniture With A Top Coat

If it's a low traffic furniture piece like this headboard, I like to protect my pieces with wax. 

If you're working on a high traffic furniture piece like a nightstand where cups may land, my favorite top coats to use are General Finishes High Performance in FlatPolyvine Wax Finish, Polyvine Hard Wearing Varnish


Enjoy these other chalk paint furniture ideas! 

If you're drawn to turquoise hues, you'll enjoy our Turquoise Chalk Painted Media Console Project 

Would you like to see more examples of layered painting? You'll find LOTS more blending and layering paint techniques HERE!

Check out our Hamilton Mirror project and our Kevin Mirrors for more painted furniture tutorials and more projects using paint layering techniques

If you found this chalk paint blending techniques helpful, save it for later so you'll always be able to access it! You can PIN it here! 

Have a great rest of the week, friends!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

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  1. I'm crazy over the color. The bed was nice before but now it says WOW! Well done :)
    Hugs -Jenny

    1. You made my day! Thanks, Jenny. I'm glad you liked it! :)

  2. So so pretty! Can't wait to check out more of your furniture makeovers!

  3. So beautiful!! I'm just learning to paint with chalk paint. Did you let the first coat dry before using the other colour and when did you put the clear wax on it?

    1. Hi Jackie! I think you'll really enjoy working with chalk paint! Yes, I let all of my layers dry before applying any new layers and the wax! Chalk paint dries quickly though, so you don't have to wait too long!

  4. Love the bed! I have chalk painted a couple of pieces of old mahogany furniture and have this recurring problem. The red color in the mahogany bleeds through. What can I do to
    prevent this?

    1. Bleed through from mahogany furniture is such a common problem! You can use a sealer to prevent the tannin or stain from penetrating through. I like to use a shellac or shellac based primer to fight the bleed through. Hope that helps!

  5. I am really exasperated. Just came across your blog and knew right away I was going to love it. Problem is i start reading but ain't see any pictures. Then I read the comments and it skips to a different project. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.

    1. Hi Joette! I'm sorry you're having trouble navigating our blog. I was just on our Layering Chalk Paint article and could see all of the pictures just fine. Are you trying to view it on your computer or mobile device?

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    1. It depends. If I run my hand over the surface and I can feel a little grit, I'll give a light sanding with very fine sand paper. If it feels pretty smooth, then I don't. I like to add a tiny bit of water to my paint on the very last coat which helps prevent the gritty feeling most of the time!

  7. How are you? I was looking for a tutorial on layering furniture and came across your blog. I'm a first time painter and am prepping to do my daughter's bedroom. I'm working with a real blue and a purple paint over white furniture. I've heard that white furniture can be the hardest to cover. How do I do a lathering paint job without leaving any of the white color exposed and do you think it will still look as good the darker wood furniture if some of the original color is left exposed? Thank you

    1. Hi! Great question! If it were me and I didn't want any of the original white paint to show through, I would either give it a light sanding first or I would cover the white paint entirely with your desired base color. After the white was covered, I would start your layering process. Does that help?