One of the things I learned about chalk paint is that a little can go a long way. It is safer to use. However, it does scratch easy and a top coat should be applied if it is used on furniture. It covers over varnished furniture well without having to sand it down first. Two coats will coat well and there are many colours available. That is why I decided to paint this furniture with chalk paint. If you notice the before and after, it seemed to brighten up the room.