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My Behr Chalk Paint Review

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If you’ve been following along for a while, then you probably already know that over the years, I’ve painted several pieces of furniture and two sets of cabinets using different brands of chalk paint. There’s our laundry room cabinet makeover, my daughter’s IKEA chair, and my son’s bookshelf, to name a few. So when I heard that Behr had introduced a new line of Behr chalk paint, I was pretty curious to test it out to see how it compared to the other brands I’ve used.

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And so for the latest room refresh I worked on — the kids’ shared colorful bathroom (it’s 80% done, and you can see the before and after pics right here) — I decided to paint the bathroom vanity and wooden shelf brackets using Behr Chalk Paint, which is sold exclusively at Home Depot.

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Here’s a peek at the vanity and the shelf brackets, both painted using Behr chalk paint. So pretty, right?! I love that blue! It’s called Balboa.

Before we dive into my thoughts on Behr Chalk paint, let’s get a few basics about chalk paint in general out of the way first….

What is chalk paint?

Chalk paint is, simply put, a type of paint that gives you a velvety matte finish. Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, because that’s something totally different.

Why is chalk paint so popular?

I’m sure there are plenty of chalk paint fanatics out there that’ll give you a laundry list of reasons as to why they love using this kind of paint for any and all DIYs. But here are the main ones you’ll tend to hear over and over again:

  • The finish is super matte and looks chalky — no sheen here, folks.
  • It’s easy to achieve a distressed, antique look on furniture pieces. (Shabby chic isn’t really my thing so I’ve never distressed any furniture using chalk paint, but supposedly it’s a fairly easy process.)
  • Chalk paint sometimes requires less prep work than if you’re using other types of paints. Some people claim that painting with chalk paint doesn’t require priming or sanding, although I call BS on that…but we’ll save that for a different post.
  • A DIY’er of ANY skill level can use chalk paint and get a pretty solid result. This, you guys, is my #1 reason for loving chalk paint. More on that in a minute.

How many different kinds of chalk paint are there?

Quite a few. You’ve probably heard of popular brands like Annie Sloan (the OG of chalk paint, if you will) and Amy Howard, although this post cataloged at least 26 different varieties of chalk paint. I won’t go into all the different brands here or try to compare every single one on the market — because 1) that’d be super overwhelming for both of us and 2) if you’re really curious, you can Google chalk paint comparisons and come up with plenty of reading material on the topic.

My review of Behr chalk paint 

Just so we’re clear, this post was not sponsored by Behr. I’m simply sharing my thoughts on this paint that I purchased with my own money. My hope is that sharing my own experience will help someone else (like you!) make a decision about whether Behr chalk paint is the right choice for their next DIY project.

When I decided to paint the kids’ bathroom vanity (the finished product is below — so pretty, right?!), I immediately knew I wanted to use chalk paint.


I’m a horrible painter.

Ironic, huh, seeing as how I’m a blogger who tackles home projects on the regular? I know.

Over the years I’ve tried my hand at painting lots of things. There were the walls in our old townhouse, the bathroom in our rental, and the failed bookshelf makeover I attempted a few years ago…and my poor painting skills every time were, well, poor. I used water-based, oil-based, and latex paints for those past projects and more, and felt so frustrated by my lackluster (and streaky, SO streaky) results that I wound up turning the paint roller over to my husband.

I’m not going to tell you to never use any other kind of paint. Many people use all the paints I just mentioned quite successfully. I’m just not one of those people.

And that’s exactly why chalk paint is the perfect paint for someone like me. It allows me — a “quick and easy” DIY’er — to complete a project quickly while still getting a great end result.

So how did it go with Behr’s new chalk paint?

I personally loved it!

To paint the kids’ bathroom vanity, I followed the exact same process I used when painting our laundry room cabinets using Annie Sloan chalk paint, which involved priming my cabinets and then painting with chalk paint.

You can read the full tutorial on how to paint laminate cabinets with chalk paint right over here.

Look how pretty! This is SUCH an improvement over our builder-basic white laminate vanity.

Here’s what I loved so much about Behr chalk paint:

  • The quality is on par with other, pricier chalk paints I’ve used. Annie Sloan and Amy Howard are like the Porsche of chalk paints. And in terms of quality, Behr’s paint was just as easy to use and the results were good, as you can see from my photo above.
  • It’s less expensive than some of the “boutique” brands. Behr chalk paint is $19.98 per quart, while many of the other brands out there can be as expensive as $40.
  • It comes in hundreds of colors. Here’s what I love most about this chalk paint: It can be tinted in ANY of the colors Behr offers. Yep, that’s right — all those walls of swatches you see can be made into a chalk paint. This is a huge deal, because many of the other chalk paint brands come in maybe 30-40 colors. Sure, you can lighten them or tint them or play around with the shade, but that gets time consuming and can be an annoying process, especially if the color doesn’t turn out exactly as you’d hoped after experimenting.

There weren’t any noticeable cons when I was painting our vanity.

But one piece of advice: I do recommend you prime your surface before using this chalk paint. I did and, based on some of the comments on this post, it feels like the priming probably makes the difference between great results and a so-so outcome.

I was skeptical about the quality of Behr at first only because of the price point, especially since I had paid an arm and a leg for other similar paints in the past, but wound up being happy with the paint quality and the results for my project. 

Have you guys used chalk paint before? If so, what brands have you loved (or not loved)?

And have you tried Behr? I’d love to hear your two cents in the comments!

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Bob Wadsworth

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Kate - Thanks for the review of the Behr Chalk paint. I am thinking of doing some furniture refurbishing and I am just learning about chalk paint. Yes, the other brands have me a little concerned about price. I am sure they are worth it but being a beginner in redoing furniture, I would rather waste $20 vs $40 if I royally screw up. However, I am curious if you, or if you know of anyone who, have tried to use a spray gun to put down this paint? Thanks.

p.s. Have you ever used milk paint, especially General Finishes brand, on any project?


Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Hi Bob, I haven't used a paint sprayer to apply chalk paint so I'm afraid I don't have advice for you there.

I've used General Finishes milk paint before -- we recently used it on a dog crate that my husband built. I love it! Great quality.

Kelly Genthe

Monday 26th of April 2021

Hi! Great review, thanks! I'm going to paint a bedroom dressed that is wood. What kind of primer would you use. And how well does it have to be sanded? We've never done furniture stuff before


Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Hi Kelly! It's hard for me to say much about sanding and priming without seeing the piece. Every piece of furniture is different. When I used chalk paint I painted over a laminate cabinet versus something that was wood. Sorry I can't offer more advice!

Ruth Schmidt

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

I have always used Annie Sloan but just decided to try Behr (to save money) to paint a bathroom vanity. Now I don't know if it's because it's a dark color, Navy blue but on the large sections of the vanity I can't get it to not look streaky. I have put on 3 coats. I have tried using my Annie Sloan brush, then a foam roller and a foam brush. I haven't tried wet sanding it yet but any help would be appreiciated.


Friday 19th of March 2021

Ruth, I'm so sorry to hear that this happened! I did not personally experience any streaking with the Behr paint. In the past when I've used dark paint colors I do prime first and that's been helpful. I'm sorry I can't offer more advice!


Friday 19th of February 2021

I painted for the first time with chalk paint, and used Behr chalk paint from Home Depot. I painted a small kitchen table. I used the Behr chalk paint tinted in a color in the Behr chalk paint chart. I started using a chalk paint brush, but then switched to a regular paint brush after reading on the paint can that Behr recommended using a regular paint brush with their chalk paint. The paint went on fine on the table legs, solid coverage. However, on the tabletop the paint seemed to go on thinly and you could see brush strokes. After two coats on the top I started to get frustrated because the the brush strokes kept showing. After doing more research I decided to thin some of the chalk paint with water (1 teaspoon to eight ounces) and to roll it on the table top. After I finished rolling, the tabletop was solidly covered in paint and there were no brush strokes or roller marks. Now, I am an experienced painter and have painted the interiors of a lot of house due to moving around in my military career. I know how to use a paint brush and roller. As this was my first time using chalk paint, I am not familiar with how chalk paint goes on, but I did watch a lot of videos on how to use chalk paint prior to starting my diy project. I wasn't impressed with Behr chalk paint. The next time I do a diy project with chalk paint, I am going to try a different brand of chalk paint.


Saturday 20th of February 2021

THanks for sharing your perspective, Jane!


Saturday 30th of January 2021

One notable difference between Behr chalk paint and Annie Sloan chalk paint is that Behr does NOT appear to be safe for use on an infant’s crib/cradle. A quick read of most of the first-appearing Google searches as per “chalk paint safe for infants” tend to leave one with tthe idea that chalk paint is chalk paint is chalk paint and that all chalk paint is perfectly safe to use anywhere. It was iin that state of failure-to-read-fine-print-with-an-electron-microscope-and-a-tteam-of-lawyers-present-naivety that I painted a rocking cradle for my great-grandchild in the (quite beautiful I must say) “Tin White” shade of Behr chalk paint. Would you believe it was not until we were going thru the actual motions of loading the cradle up to be delivered to our daughter who was planning to paint some decorative elements on the cradle, that I saw the cancer/reproductive system warnings on the back of the chalk paint can?!! Called Behr’s customer service number. Worst fears confirmed. Cautionary Tale — Don’t be human and screw things up.


Saturday 30th of January 2021

This is great information -- thanks so much for sharing it!

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