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Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge: Your Complete Guide!

Learn all about the Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge – find out what it is, how to use it, and see some sample projects you can make.

Learn all about the Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge - find out what it is, how to use it, and see some sample projects you can make.

*Update September 2018 – This formula has been discontinued. Having said that, I am leaving this article live on the blog since some people keep their formulas around for many years.

I absolutely love introducing new Mod Podge formulas to you! Today I’m excited to share a really fun one you may not have heard of: Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge.

This one is going to be a little bit hard to describe, since the impressive part of this Mod Podge formula is the finish that you can’t see that well through a computer screen – but I’ll try my best.

You’ve heard of chalk paint I’m sure; it’s very trendy right now. Chalk paint is used to create a “chalky” finish on the surface of an item. I don’t mean chalkboard – because you can’t write on it – but what chalk paint does have in common with chalkboard is that there is NO gloss to it at all (it’s very flat).

Also you know after you write on a chalkboard and then erase the chalk? There are slight variations in the chalkboard finish . . . it’s not a consistent color. This is what chalk paint does. FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is my paint of choice!

Chalk paint is typically used to create an aged look on a piece of furniture and it’s easy to distress. But what I really LOVE about chalk paint is the smooth feel. Once you put your hands on a chalk painted piece, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

And this is where the Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge comes in! In my mind, this formula does two things:

  1. Provides an alternative to a wax on top of a chalk painted piece. You can decoupage paper or fabric onto something with chalk paint and you’ll still get that distressed look that you want.
  2. Provides a smooth, chalky finish on ANY decoupage project. So let’s say you just use basic acrylic paint on a piece and want to get the look of a chalk painted piece – this will do it.

The Ultra Matte Chalk can glue items down just as a regular formula, and then goes right over the top as any other formula. It is NOT tinted – the finish that it gives comes from how matte it is.

It’s a specialty formula so it does cost a little bit more than regular Gloss or Matte; however, as with any Mod Podge formula, a little goes a long way.

It’s definitely worth the cost if you want that beautiful, smooth finish. It’s available online and at Michaels, Jo-Ann, and Hobby Lobby. You’ll also probably want to check out the guide on where to buy Mod Podge.

I’ll say it one more time because I really mean it. You HAVE to see it in person and feel it to see how awesome it is. Once you do, you’re going to be hooked. I promise! Now that I’ve told you all about it, here are some projects you should try that use it:

Use chalk paint and Mod Podge to create these gorgeous DIY mason jar succulent pots for spring. Perfect for a kitchen windowsill or a seasonal mantel!

DIY mason jar succulents

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Butterfly table

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Altered spiral owl notebook

Learn how to customize a vintage globe with your favorite images from children's books - this is such a unique home decor project!

Chalky vintage globe

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Family home plaque

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Egg terrarium

Now – what would you like to make with Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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MLPNY

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

I think this is wonderful! It can be cost prohibitive to buy many different colors of chalk paint--and a pain to tint chalk paint with other colors--especially when I usually just use the paint on small pieces. My question is, is this formula waterproof/water resistant? Not dishwasher safe, just resistant enough in case the piece gets wet.

Amy

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

It's not waterproof, however it will be water resistant enough. I would say you'd want to wipe water away immediately to avoid rings/stains. If you see a foggy spot, it will dry. Don't leave anything wet on the surface. If you plan on doing that, you'll need an extra sealer.

Linda N

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

This is actually a question - I whitewashed an old oak school table and wonder if the chalk Mod Podge would be a good option to seal it. I plan to use the table in my craft room (if that makes a difference). I don't want a high gloss finish & had thought of just buffing on some wax or furniture oil, but the chalk Mod Podge sounds like it would work. Feedback would be appreciated.