Chalk paint is used to add a velvety, shine-free texture to painted surfaces. This type of paint makes things such as new furniture have an old and distressed appearance.
Chalk paint has several advantages in addition to the design elements provided by its distressed, lime-washed appearance. Chalk paint is environmentally friendly, with only a very low amount of volatile organic compounds. It is easy to use, with water as a thinner, air as a thickener and no odors to vent out of the area when painting. It also has enough texture that it grips the surface being painted, so it is rare that sanding or priming is required when working with chalk paint.