Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chalk Painted Union Jack Chair on Wheels


This vintage, vinyl chair on wheels came form a rummage sale.  I love the shape of this chair and the wheels. I thought I would end up reupholstering the seat and back of the chair, until I remembered that Chalk Paint sticks to anything!


The vinyl was in pretty good condition except for a few discolorations, making it an excellent surface for a Chalk Paint makeover.  One day, while I was staring at this chair, I pictured it painted with the Union Jack flag.  Mr. Rubbish told me to just pick something simple like stripes, but I could not get the image out of my head, so he finally gave in and helped me lay it out (my spatial skills are not the best and he is a genius when it comes to that kind of thing).


The Chalk Paint did an amazing job of adhering to the vinyl seat!  I also used the Chalk Paint in Graphite for the metal frame of the chair.


We took the seat off the frame to make it easier to paint.


I painted the cushions with Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint, first.  Then, we located the center of the seat and measured out from there for our vertical tape lines.  Next, we taped off the horizontal line, followed by the diagonals.  I used Old Ochre Chalk Paint for this part.  


Lastly, we measured and taped for the Emeperor's Silk red stripes. This is what the cushion looked like without any wax.



I used Annie Sloan clear wax first and then rubbed on the dark wax for an antique patina.  The Chalk Paint and wax gave the chair the look and feel of old leather. 


I was delighted when this chair sold on its first weekend at Loot!  A mom came in on Sunday with her three sons and the young boys fell in love with this chair. They had been looking for a chair for their desk in their bedroom. I think it went to the perfect home where it will be well-loved.  Won't this chair be darling in a little boy's bedroom?


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39 comments:

Okio B Designs said...

Wow! That looks amazing! Love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!

Jeanine

The Far Fifty said...

That is so cool! I would have never thought to use paint on it, great job!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW who knew! that is awesome!

Kelley said...
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Kelley said...

Love this chair !! Thanks for sharing . Kelley @ THe Upholsters Wife

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

what a cute redo, love it!

Tattered Tiques said...

That is sooo fab! Great idea, and execution! Another great chalk paint idea. Thanks for inspiring!!
Julie

Jamie K. said...

This is amazing! Would love to know if you sealed this chair and how? It's beautiful!

Decor & Harmony said...

The chair looks amazing! You did a fantastic job :)

Nicole said...

Amazing chalk paint result!

Lovely Idea

Amanda said...

Fabulous makeover! Thank you for the great inspiration and all of the wonderful step by step details! Can't wait to pin this one!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

That is totally awesome! And I love that the boys wanted it - that is just so cool! I will have to remember that chalk paint can make vinyl look great! and that is cool that it feels like leather now!

Maryann - Interior Salvage said...

One word, Superb!

Kelly said...

Seriously unbelievable! I so want that chair. You've made me look at vintage vinyl chairs in a whole new light.

There is Beauty all Around said...

Amanda! I am way impressed. You are a professional! That chair looked incredible and what a happy ending, to end up in a boy's bedroom.

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I'd also like to know of you sealed it and if it is holding up after being sat upon.

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