This is the third set of vintage cane back chairs that I have given a makeover. There were six chairs in this set and the caning was all still in excellent condition.
The chairs were really dingy and dirty and one of them was painted bright blue. I sold the two arm chairs to a Loot customer who wanted them painted in Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint® and upholstered in a natural linen.
I kept the rest of the set simple and neutral.
I painted the chairs with two coats of Pure White Chalk Paint® followed by a wash of Coco Chalk Paint®, made by watering down the paint.
The Coco wash subtly aged and softened the bright white paint and the paint on the edges of the chairs naturally crackled giving them an authentic looking patina.