SILK: How to Paint With Silk Paint (Its different than Chalk Mineral Paint)

SILK All-in-One Mineral Paint is a waterbased paint that already contains a top coat as well as a strong bonding primer.  SILK creates a professional look when painting furniture, walls, doors, cabinets and more with very little effort - easy peasy.

Note: SILK has no VOCs so you can paint inside - no harmful fumes.

The great thing about SILK is that it is not only durable, but also washable.  In fact it is water resistant, grease resistant, and mildew resistant.  Which makes it great for not only furniture and home decor but also for kitchen cabinets and bathrooms. It is not water repellent so do not immerse it in water but if it gets wet you can wipe it off.

SILK comes in 20 beautiful coastal colors and dries to a beautiful eggshell finish.



Very Important: The #1 thing to know about Silk is that you do not use water when you paint.

Do not use a damp brush (like you would with chalk mineral paint) and don't use a spray bottle.

 SILK Paint Conch


Step 1: Thoroughly clean your piece inside and out with White Lightning or Pristine Clean.  If there are draws take them out and  make sure the inside and all outer areas are cleaned.  Then rinse all areas well with a damp cloth and allow it to dry. 

Both of these cleaners are strong TSP based cleaners that will remove any dirt, grime or grease.  They also de-gloss your piece so that it will be ready for painting. (You can also use other cleaners but ensure that you remove all the residue with a damp cloth before painting.) 

Important: Wear gloves when cleaning with these products.

Step 2: Lightly scuff sand (use 220 sanding sponge or sand paper) your piece to promote adhesion.  Then wipe off the dust.

Step 3: Thoroughly stir the paint in the jar before using.

Step 4: Use a DRY synthetic brush.  Only dip the lower tip area of the brush in the paint.  A little goes a long way.

Step 5: Paint using long even strokes - not short strokes  You will find that SILK is self leveling.  Don't overwork it - it does the work for you!  If it starts to dry and you have realized that you missed a spot - leave it alone.  Wait for it to dry and then fix it at that time.

OPTIONAL: Use a finishing pad between coats to buff (lightly sand) to a super smooth finish.

PRO TIP: Catch drips when wet.  Don't wait for them to dry.  If they do dry, use a razor blade to slice off rather than sanding.

Step 6: SILK is dry to the touch in one hour, but allow a full 2 hours to dry.  If you live in a humid climate, you may have to wait longer.  Paint another coat if needed, and again, wait 2 hours to dry.

There is no need to seal as SILK has a built-in top coat.

PRO TIP: Put your brush in a plastic zip lock bag when you are not using it.  Make sure it is closed tightly.  This will keep your brush hydrated.  When you are done painting, clean your brush immediately.  You don't want SILK to dry on your nice brushes.

Note: SILK takes 21-30 days to fully cure.

How much does a jar of SILK cover?  72 square feet (one coat).
Once SILK starts drying leave it alone.  If you missed a spot, wait for it to fully dry and then go back and fill it in.


Silk color chart


Color                  Color Description

Anchor               True Black

Baja Gray           Light Gray

Bay Breeze         Nautical White with soft Blue/ Gray undertones

Black Sands        Dark Gray / Black

Cape Current      Sapphire Blue

Conch                 Light Pink

Deep Sea            Dark Blue / Black

Endless Shores   Off White with Gray undertones

Hampton Olive   Neutral Green /Brown

Harbor                Light Blue

Nautical              Navy Blue

Oyster                Very Light Gray with White

Quiet Cove         Medium Blue / Gray

Salt Water          Off White

Sand Castle        Warm Tan

Serenity              Soothing Blue / Green

Sunkissed           Warm Yellow

Tide Pool            Light Blue / Green

Wharf                 Neutral Gray

Whitecap           Bright White


If you would like to purchase a color wheel that shows all 20 colors, click here.


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About Georgia Vintage

We are furniture decorative artists that will help you to transform your furniture & decor into a works of art.  We sell:

  • Furniture Decoupage Paper
  • Redesign by Prima Transfers and decorative accessories
  • Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint

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