I found these sturdy, cane back, side chairs at a community yard sale. I initially only bought the one with arms, but I had to go back the next day to pick up a hutch and I saw that the other chair was still there, so I decided to rescue it too.
Besides a little dust, the chairs were in perfect condition. I love that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint sticks so well and feels so natural on vinyl. I had already painted the Union Jack on this vintage office chair, so I knew Chalk Paint would work beautifully over vinyl and was easier than reupholstering.
I painted the chairs with Old Ochre Chalk Paint and distressed them before waxing with Annie Sloan clear wax.
Here is the armless chair.
I painted the Union Jack with Napoleonic Blue, Emperor's Silk and Old Ochre Chalk Paints. Before waxing the seats with clear wax, I made a wash by mixing Old Ochre with water and painted that over the whole seat. This gave the Union jack a faded appearance.
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