Chalk Paint Upcycle Project

If you are thinking about using CHALK PAINT on your next furniture upcycle project then you will find this bookcase makeover and Everlong Chalk Paint review very handy.

Image of Everlong Chalk Paint Products


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Having received my EVERLONG chalk paint (KRIJTVERF) I was chomping at the bit to get started.

This is a brand that I had heard lots of good reports about but had yet to try it myself.

It appealed to me because; a) it is non-toxic (suitable for children’s furniture), b) it is a quality chalk paint so has good coverage ….  and c) best of all it does not need to be waxed.

I had a number of pieces of furniture that needed a little bit of ‘upcycle love’ but I decided to start with a really ugly old office bookcase that had been given to me a while back.


Prepping Your Furniture Before You Begin Painting


Bookcase before makeover


As you can see in the photo above, the bookcase had a broken plastic rolling cover – I removed this.


Bookcase before upcycle


There were also quite a lot of holes and scratches.


Chalk paint project - before makeover


I filled these holes with wood filler.


Bookcase during chalkpaint makeover 2


Once the filler was dry I then sanded it back until it was totally flat and smooth.



I made the mistake of using some wood filler that I had in the shed.

After applying the first chalk paint application I saw that brown spots were bleeding through.

This was simple to fix by applying a thin layer of the Everlong Matt One Coat Sealant.

I allowed it to dry then painted a new layer of the chalk paint over – this fixed the problem.

Next time I will make sure that I use a white general purpose filler


Everlong Paint Before Use


When you first open the tin of Everlong Superior Finish Chalk Paint you will probably see that it has separated.

This is quite normal, it just needs a really good stir until the paint is completely combined.


Everlong Chalk Paint


I did also receive this very useful advice on how to work with this brand of chalk paint …


  • Make sure room temp is good.
  • Stir well as the water and chalk etc separates.. (turn small pots upside down for half hour is good as well)
  • If the paint seems too watery for the surface.. leave the lid off to evaporate a little water – don’t try and pour the water out!
  • If the paint seems too thick and you get little balls, dip the end of the brush in water.


Applying The Chalk Paint

Once I had stirred the pots my paint was fine and ready to use, I applied the first layer.

At first, I was a little concerned that you can see the brush marks but this was totally unnecessary.

You just need to keep painting as the brush strokes will disappear later when the piece is finished.


Furniture Makeover Using Chalk Paint


I applied a total of 3 layers (although 2 would have probably been enough) of the Everlong (Coastal Range) ‘Grecian Blue‘ chalk paint.

When completely dry I applied 3 layers of the Everlong ‘Porcelain White’ chalk paint.

To get the clean line between the blue and the cream I used a good quality Masking Tape which I made sure was securely stuck down.

(another good tip is to avoid butting up to the masking tape with the paint brush.  In other words, it is better to paint a little on top of the masking tape sweeping away from the blue paint rather than doing it in the opposite direction).

Chalk Paint Furniture Makeover - Learn how to avoid beginner's mistakes when upcycling furniture with chalk paint.


How To Get Smooth Finish On Your Chalk Paint

I gave the bookcase a good sanding as I wanted a really smooth finish.

I found this really easy to do and the end results were even better than I had expected.

And the added bonus with this chalk paint is that there is NO NEED TO WAX! 🙂

I just buffed it with a soft cloth to release the inbuilt wax layer.

This gave it a lovely soft sheen.

Protective Coating

I did also have some of the of the Everlong sealant but I chose not to apply it to this particular piece as it is tucked away in a quiet spot in the loft.

The One Coat Sealant is good to use as extra protection against scratches for furniture in high traffic areas (think kids and dogs!) and to add a waterproof layer which enables the piece to be washed down or used outdoors.

Oh – and as I mentioned above it can act as a barrier to stop stains bleeding through (old pieces of furniture can sometimes have old tannins that can cause yellow patches and dark spots to bleed through).




Evelong Chalkpaint Furniture Makeover


I couldn’t wait to get this beauty in place and start dressing it with accessories.

The shelves are pretty deep so I wanted to use it as a storage solution for my material stash.

As luck would have it I spied these fab blue cardboard boxes at IKEA and I thought they would be a perfect match for the bookcase.

They are 32 x 35 x 32 cm and cost €3.99 per box.

I was pretty surprised as to how much I could actually fit into these boxes.


Ikea Storage Boxes Displayed On Blue Bookcase


When I saw the beautiful colour of the ‘Grecian Blue’I knew instantly that it would fit in with the coastal theme decor I was planning for the loft bedroom.

I had some chalk paint left over so I decided to also do a quick makeover on a large tray/dish that I found at the local charity shop for €2


Large White Wooden Tray - Before Makeover


Large White Tray Makeover


I added some other decor accents that already had lying around the home.


Coastal Themed Accessories On Bookcase Painted With Blue Chalk Paint


This has now given me a base for the rest of the room.

I may still change the decor accents I have used on this piece (if I can find anything better) and I’m looking forward to sourcing the other items I need to complete the rest of the makeover.


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44 thoughts on “Chalk Paint Upcycle Project

  • June 22, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I love this project. i still haven’t tried chalk paint but it’s on my to do list.

    • June 23, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Ashley. You should really try it – I am now officially an addict and have started viewing everything from a ‘chalk paint upcycle potential’ point of view. It’s easy to use and very forgiving if you make any mistakes just add more paint and sand a bit more 🙂

  • June 26, 2016 at 1:46 am

    You did a beautiful job with this, Sam. I love the color contrasts. Thanks for sharing your project and tips at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

    • June 26, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Glad you like it Beverly, thanks for sharing 🙂

      • July 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

        Stopping back by to let you know that this was our most clicked link at last week’s party. I’ll be featuring you today at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Hope to see you there!

        • July 3, 2016 at 8:08 am

          Really?? Thanks so much for letting me know – see you there! 🙂

  • June 26, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Wonderful makeover! Love the color that you used and the matching storage boxes give it such an updated look! Thanks for sharing your project with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to share.

    • June 26, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Laurie, yes I couldn’t believe my luck when I stumbled on those boxes at Ikea because I knew they would be perfect 🙂

  • June 26, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I love colors you used and how you created the contrast from the outside and inside of the shelf. What good fortune to find the boxes to match. It all looks so pretty.

    • July 1, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Debra,

      With such a plain bookcase I thought it definitely needed the contrasting colours to make it a little more interesting. I think the boxes were just meant to be 🙂

    • July 1, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Thank you for taking the time to check out this project – I’m really glad you like it! I will certainly pop over for a visit on Sunday and join your party. Have a good weekend 🙂

  • June 30, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Such great color choices! I love how your up-cycled project turned out. Feel free to drop by and share it with us at the #InspirationSpotlight party.

    • July 1, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Glad you like it Theresa – I will certainly pop by for a visit 🙂

  • June 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    What a beautiful way to revamp this old bookcase! I love the pale colors!

    • July 1, 2016 at 9:14 am

      I love the colour too! When I received the paint I was a little unsure as it looked different to the colour shown on the online webshop but once I got it on to the bookcase and sanded it a little I totally fell in love with it. As they say at Everlong – “What’s not to love” 🙂

  • June 30, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Great makeover and tips. Love the new look – would look great in my office/2nd bedroom!

    • July 1, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Carol! That’s where I have placed mine, in the office/bedroom/craft room – it fits perfectly now!

  • July 1, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Love this upcycle. I am inspired, I purchased some paint and haven’t picked it up since bring home from the store. Reading your post is what I needed to kick it into gear.

    • July 2, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Glad to have inspired you Celeste. Finding the time to start is half the battle once you pick up the paint brush it actually goes quicker than you think. Let me know if you managed to get it done, I’d love to see the finished project! 🙂

    • July 2, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Thanks Darla,

      I am always short of time so I love simple diy / craft projects that give maximum impact. The boxes were certainly the cherry on the top! 🙂

  • July 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! I love the color of it as well, and I have to say you have totally inspired me to do something like this!

    • July 3, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Yes go grab a paintbrush! It’s such a satisfying feeling when you upcycle something old and breathe some new life into it.

  • July 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    This upcycle is amazing! I just love the way it turned out.

    I need to get more creative with the things I have around my home. I’m sure I could spiff things up if I allowed my mind to go free.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

    • July 3, 2016 at 8:11 am

      I’m so glad you like it Jennifer! I think half the battle is getting started, once you pick up your paint brush the project just sort of evolves.

  • July 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Wow!! It’s really a great idea. We love the color and the way you used it 😉
    It’s all so useful.

  • July 7, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    That is a beautiful, soothing color. You did a great job! Enjoyed your comments about life in Holland. I agree, I don’t think I could get used to sitting in a circle at a party and not “mingling”. We’re from the U.S., but we love the UK!! We went all over England, Scotland and Wales to see where our ancestors came from. It was lovely, and I especially felt at home in England. Also, your comments about the food in Holland: I chuckled at what you said about the spices. We loved the English food! Just like my mother and grandmothers in the U.S. always cooked. Loved your comments about the British reserve and tact! Describes my extended family exactly! You are wise to keep an eye on your children. Better safe than sorry. Have fun and keep creating beautiful furniture! Liz

    • July 21, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Liz! I’m glad you enjoyed having a look around the blog 🙂 I always thought the English cuisine was not particularly exciting but now since having moved to the Netherlands there is so many of the simple things I miss. But on an up note I really do love it here and do not regret for a moment that we have moved here.

  • July 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    What? No need to wax? You’ve sold me! I’ve done two chalk paint projects and I’ve hated them because my wax always comes out a gross color. Even clear wax. I’m going to have to try this! Thank you!

    • July 21, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Yes that certainly is a big bonus! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • July 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Love the look, and this post gave me some great ideas for an old twin headboard I’m upcycling into a bookcase and an old children’s toy box bench I’m turning into book bag storage and a seat (while waiting near the door for the school bus). Thank you for the inspiration, I’ve been in a bit of creative block lately. Quick question though, what grit sand paper did you use and did you do it by hand or use a small sander? Thanks in advance and again, beautiful work!

    • July 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Hi Jessica, glad that you were able to get a little inspiration from this project. I sanded the piece by hand using a very fine grit as I wanted a really smooth finish (I’m on holiday at the moment so I can’t check the exact grade but it was the finest grade I could find. It was also a wet and dry sandpaper as that was the only fine grit the shop had in stock – I used it dry).

  • July 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Great project, I love the colours too. I am going to try to do my first DIY project this week. I wish you lived around the corner. lol I need help. I have a sewing machine cabinet that I am going to try to make into a small serving counter. It is the finish that I am not sure of. Well I will get at it hopefully tomorrow. Have a great day.

    • July 21, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Good look with your project Lynne, honestly I would be there with brush in hand if I could (expecting coffee of course 😉 ). Are you using chalk paint for this project? If it is going to see a lot of action I would probably use a sealer on it to make it more durable and protect the finish from any bumps and scratches – I’m sure you will make a fab job!! 🙂

  • July 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I have a rather large piece I would love to use chalk paint on, wondering if I could use a small roller with the paint.

    • July 21, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Hi Jo, yes you can use a roller, basically pretty much anything you use with normal paint – rollers, stamps, sponges etc (I double checked with Everlong).

      • July 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

        Thank you!

  • August 4, 2016 at 12:37 am

    It is so nice to meet you Sam. This is my first time here at your blog. And this is the perfect post for me as I’m in a chalk paint frenzy. I have never seen this paint before, I guess it bears looking into. I’m also curious to know where you lived in Greece?

    • August 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Yes you too Mary. I too am a total chalk paint convert – I love the stuff. I really enjoyed working with this paint, Everlong is a UK brand and is expanding it’s distribution all the time so it’s worth looking online to see if you can get it.

      I used to live on the island of Kos in a small village called Kefalos. It’s been a really long time since I have been back there but we are hoping to take a holiday there next year – I can’t wait! 🙂

  • August 14, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Loving the color you chose. It looks perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link party. Have a great week.

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