Review of the Krylon Chalky Spray Paint & Wax
You know what’s weird right now? It’s Thursday, but it really feels like it should be Monday. Or maybe even Sunday? I don’t know, but it definitely doesn’t feel like Thursday. I swear, these big holidays smack dab in the middle of the week just mess me alllllllll up. But on the bright side, tomorrow is already Friday (I think!) and then we have a whole new weekend to enjoy. Whoot whoot! And today is fun too because I’m sharing a full review of the Krylon chalky spray paint and wax for DIY projects. I’ve been wanting to try this spray paint for a long time now, but for whatever reason I never picked it up. Anyway I was in Hobby Lobby last week and I decided to grab a can so I could finally test it out. I also picked up the Krylon wax coating to go along with it, so I’m excited to share my thoughts on both of these chalk products today. Now as usual, for these type of review posts I always find some random piece of furniture to paint. This time it’s a small, rather ugly side table.
Told ya. Kinda ugly, but not bad for two bucks. I specifically chose this table because it had some damage on the top, so I wanted to see how the spray paint covered those areas. All I did was clean it up and removed any dirt/dust. I did no other prep or primer at all. Ok, so to start I used this Krylon chalky finish in the shade Classic White.
I ended up doing two coats of paint on this table, with a bit extra on top because that area had some damage and rough spots. After the paint fully dried(which didn’t take long at all), I applied a coat of the Kyrlon wax coating chalky finish to seal it.
Then I used a clean cloth to buff the wax coating into the table.
And here’s how the finished table looks now:
Of course I had to do a little distressing just to give the table more of a vintage feel. I did this with a low grit sandpaper and just hit a few spots all over the table.
Isn’t it cute?! I actually love how it turned out and it’s a great little side table. Ok, so here are my thoughts on how the chalky spray paint and wax did on this table.
General thoughts on the chalk spray paint:
- Right away I noticed that the spray nozzle seemed easier to use in comparison to other spray paints I’ve used in the past. And it provided a more broad and even application.
- The paint adhered well to damaged areas of the table, like the top and a small area on the side that had some issues.
- One coat of paint gave pretty good coverage, but it definitely needed a second coat.
- It dries very quickly, so it was easy to layer and build up the coverage. The top of the table ended up having about three coats of chalk paint and I could have probably done more.
- The odor was really strong, maybe even more so than other spray paints I’ve used, so you definitely need to paint outdoors.
- The paint seemed to soak into the wood, which was surprising for a spray paint.
- The finish was matte and dry, which feels very similar to regular chalk paint. If I hadn’t done this project myself, I would never guess this table was painted with spray paint.
Quick thoughts on the wax coating:
- Very quick to apply, but it seemed a bit blotchy in some areas. It was definitely harder to get an even application.
- The wax gave the table a very slight yellowish tint.
- The directions say to spray the wax, wait a few minutes, then buff it in with a lint free cloth. I did that, however it didn’t really seem to buff into the table. It seemed to just sit on top and I wasn’t able to move it around.
- It did seem to seal the paint and give it more of a soft, smooth finish.
Final Review of the Krylon Chalky Spray Paint and Wax:
Overall I think this chalk spray paint is awesome. My favorite part is that it doesn’t look or feel like spray paint. The coverage was also great–it was able to cover up all of the damaged areas of the table with no issue. And to be honest, compared to the Rust-Oleum Chalky Spray Paint I’ve used, I would say this is definitely the winner. Not only was it easier to apply, but the coverage was smoother and it took less paint to get more of a full coverage look. (This table took two full cans of paint.) As for the wax, I didn’t really love it. I found it somewhat difficult to apply and I wasn’t able to buff it into the table. However, it was super quick compared to any other wax coatings I’ve used, which was a plus. And it did seem to seal the table, even though I wasn’t able to buff it in.
Well that’s it! I hope this review of the Kyrlon chalky spray paint and wax was helpful. I definitely think this will be my new favorite spray paint. I can’t wait to use it on other home projects. Let me know if you have any questions–you know I always love to chat! xo
More painting projets you might want to see:
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint
Rust-Oleum Chalky Spray Paint vs Regular Chalk Paint
Oh, I wish I’d read this months ago but, then, you hadn’t written it yet! Ha! I bought the Rust-Oleum chalk paint. Didn’t realize I needed a wax coating. I actually purchased it for a mason jar tutorial I watched. But I had the same thought. I have a small step stool I thought would look great with the same chalk paint in pink. After reading this, I’ll have to run out and get the Krylon paint. But my question is do I really need the wax coating? I’m thinking of doing the step stool and, now that I’ve seen this, finding an end table to spray as well!
Is the wax coat a must do?
Was wondering the exact same! Is it a must do??
No, definitely not a must do. Most of the time I don’t even bother with waxing my chalk painted furniture anymore–UNLESS it’s something that is going to be around water or used heavily. But then I do a clear polycrylic and not wax.
Hi Sarah! I’ve used this paint too. I agree it’s much better quality than the Rustoleom Chalk Spray paint. I’ve never used the spray wax, but I HAVE used Krylon’s spray matte chalk paint sealer. It’s great! Still have the chalk paint finish (doesn’t change the look at all!) but leaves the piece really sealed and protected.
Well doesn’t that table look adorable! What a difference a can of chalk paint can do. I’ll have to try it! Thanks for sharing as always!
Could you use the other wax over the Krylon finish? May I ask what color and brand you used on your dining room chairs? I want to get some like this for my kitchen. Thanks for the update on the spray paint. Would be much easier!
I love this stuff yoo! I’ve never used the spray wax coat before. Where I buy it (Do It Best) they sell a clear top coat in spray form (non wax) or I used the Rust-Oleum liquid wax in the paint cans. So it’s good to know about the spray wax, I always wondered. They do have a spray brown antique wax I was curious about.
Btw, I the side table is adorable now!
Sarah> Keri Jo
Thanks Keri! I’d like to try that brown antique wax and see if it’s any easier to work with. I just had such a hard time getting this clear wax to move around or buff in at all! But it seems to have sealed the table pretty well.
Hi Sarah, this spray chalk paint sounds good. The little ugly table is socute. Love it. Amazing what paint can do!!!!. Can you use another kind of wax or does it have to be the that you used? Thanks again Sarah. xoxo
You can use any type of wax Becky! Or you can skip it, which is honestly what I do a lot of the time. Unless I’m working on something that will get a ton of daily use. But there are tons of different wax options, or you can even do a clear polycrylic, which works really well!
Hi Sarah, was wondering if you recommend to use this chalk paint spray on kitchen cabinets? Do you think it will go quicker than applying the Annie Sloan chalk paint with a brush?
Sarah> Deborah Levine
Well it would definitely go much faster, but I don’t know how it would hold up over time. For kitchen cabinets you would probably be better off using regular paint and not chalk paint. I just don’t think it holds up as well for something like cabinets!
I LOVE the lamp in the background of one of these photos of your new white table. The lamp is sitting on another small half round table. Looking for two of those! Where’d you get it?? Thanks!!
That’s from Hobby Lobby actually!
$2.00 bucks, wow what a score. I love how it turned out. You must have some awesome flea markets and antique shops where you live. You always find such great pieces. I’m jealous. 🙏
Absolutely love your creativity! I live in NM and have much of your same taste for things! Definitely not into the adobe style, etc and much of the style here, so I love your blog for ideas! I was curious to see if you thought this would be a good choice for a dining room table top surface? I am going to be redoing our table surface (white) with a gray pedestal. A bit hesitant because I wonder if it would hold up over time? If not, what would you recommend for table top and pedestal? Thanks so much!!!
So glad you did this review. I am going to paint an old desk of my dad’s. I wasn’t crazy about Rust-oleum, so your review has helped me decide on the Krylon. Thank you.
What wax do you recommend over the chalk paint
What a great find! I always think I am going to go to garage sales, but they are on the weekends here and I end up busy with grandkids most of the time, but not complaining about that! The table is adorable! Where did you put the other antique table that you had in that spot? Enjoy your weekend!
Wow, thanks for the low down on these products! I was hoping to use in inside so it’s great to know that is not a good idea. 😉
Love the table now! I have a white coffee table and 2 end tables that are modern and I painted them white, but the cats like to lay on the wood and after awhile the darker wood shows through even though I painted 2 coats. I’m going to try this but I was thinking about using a color for pop. Thanks for the Info. I love this blog. I’m in love with your mudroom!
Such a sad little table you turned into an adorable piece!! It’s crazy what paint can do, love your new little side table, so cute!! I always look forward to your blog, you are so creative, and fun to read. Thank you!
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Did you sand the table before you painted it?
Hi! I’m 2 years late to this post(and the chalk painting game) but I just chalk painted a shelf a dark blue and was thinking to use the krylon NATURAL chalky finish as a wax for the first time. I see you used it on this white table but the yellowish color you speak of is not noticeable to me at all. Do you think the natural color on a dark blue chalk paint would even appear yellow? It’s a pretty large piece and I don’t want to ruin in, just wondering your thoughts! 🙂
I was wondering if using the chalky spray paint, do you have to use the wax spray as well? Also is there any way when spray painting with the chalky spray paint, you can give it a distressed look as well?