Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chalk Paint® on Fabric Chairs

One of my clients needed immediate help making her two vintage chairs presentable for houseguests coming to stay with her in a week.  She did not want the expense of reupholstering the chairs and she did not have the time to get it done before the houseguests arrived.  

I suggested she try painting the fabric on the chairs with Chalk Paint®, so she hired me to come out and give it a try! 

She found these solid, well-built chairs at an antique shop. She loved the size and shape, but had always planned on replacing the fabric, which was a heavily stained, pale yellow linen.  

I used Old White on thechair fabric and Pure White on the legs. The Chalk Paint® covered the fabric, making the chairs look brand new!

You can even see the texture of the linen through the paint.

It was a time consuming process, but definitely worth it in the end.  I painted the first coat with Old Ochre Chalk Paint®, but after I got it on the chairs, my client decided she wanted the fabric to be lighter, so I painted the next two coats of paint with Old White. I applied a total of three coats of Chalk Paint® sanding the entire chair with 220 grit sandpaper, on a sanding block, between each coat.  I used a damp cloth to remove all the dust from sanding between coats.  The sanding made the fabric feel smooth and soft and removed any crusty areas. After the third coat of paint dried, I applied a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax to seal and protect the fabric.  

It does not look like the fabric is painted and it feels soft and durable.


Unknown said...

They turned out beautiful - I'm in the process of painting 2 chairs myself :)
Great job !!!

DD's Cottage said...

Great job! I just painted a chair with chalk paint yesterday! It must be in the wind in our area! Ha Ha

Muireann99 said...

They look great! Can I ask how long after applying the wax were you able to sit in the chairs without getting wax on your clothes??

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

Oh my gosh! How beautiful!! And to think they don't feel painted. Did you use a roller or a paint brush. My gosh I wish I had seen you do this. Would it work with loose pillows on a sofa? I am definitely pinning this and trying it out. Thank you so much for this post.

Anonymous said...

Wowee!! I am goig to try this. I am amazed with the versatiity of chalk paint!! I have been afraid to use it for some reason, but I am going to give it a try!!! Beautiful job and result!!

Unknown said...

They turned out really lovely! I have been thinking about painting my armchair for a while now, and this post is just something I needed! :) Thanks! :)

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