I will teach you how to paint a fabric chair with chalk paint. A step by step tutorial for beginners.
What you‘ll need.
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- Annie Sloan paint in two colors. In this tutorial I used Original (white) and Paris Grey.
- Annie Sloan clear wax.
- Rounded Annie Sloan paint brush in small. Or a generic brush with similar bristles.
- Small 2 inch wide brush for legs.
- Spray bottle filled with water.
- Sandpaper – 120 grit.
- Plastic cup (or mason jar) to put the paint and water in.
- Cloths you don’t mind getting wax and paint on.
- Drop cloth, tarp or large garbage bags to protect your floor.
Steps to paint a fabric chair with chalk paint:
- Step 1: Wipe down your chair with a damp cloth. I used microfiber cloths.
- Step 2: Use the paint stick to stir the paint in the can thoroughly.
- Step 3. Mix 1/2 water to 1/2 chalk paint.
Spray with water.
- Step 4: Using the spray bottle, spray down the entire chair with water.
- Step 5: Dip brush into paint. Not overloading with paint and do circular strokes starting at the top of the chair.
- Step 6: Paint the entire fabric chair with chalk paint . This includes the cushion(s) if your chair has one or two. The fabric can vary. It can absorb more or less paint.
- Step 7: After the chair has slightly dried, apply a second coat. No need to respray the fabric with water. If your chair is a solid color it may only take two coats. If it has dark designs, like the one I’m doing, it could take up to 4 coats.
- Step 8: Let the paint dry overnight.
- Step 9: Open the small can of chalk paint for the legs and stir with a paint stick. I used the Original color.
- Step 10: Lay chair on its side.
Paint the legs.
- Step 11: Paint the legs with 2-3 coats of paint. Letting it dry fully between coats. It can take only 20-30 minutes to be dry enough to apply the extra layers of paint, if your impatient like me.
- Step 12: Take chair and cushions (if this applies) outside or in an open area and lightly sand down the entire chair using very light strokes. The more smooth your sandpaper the better.
- Step 13: For a rustic or vintage look, sand the legs along the corners and edges to reveal the wood underneath, as seen in the photo of this chair.
Step 14: Take chair back inside.
Step 15: Open the can of clear wax.
Step 16: Put a clean soft cloth into the wax and grab a good silver dollar size amount with the cloth. Apply the wax starting at the top doing a round circular motion to rub it into the fabric.
Applying the wax to the fabric, the legs and all sides of the cushions. Don’t over apply. There should be no globs of wax. Only a smooth layer rubbed into the fabric.
- Step 17:
Take a separate clean cloth and rub any overage of wax by doing a good wipe down from top to bottom.
- Step 18:
Let the chair dry thoroughly.
- Step 19:
To make sure the chair is ready to sit on, take a damp cloth and do a final wipe down. You are now done.
Tips and information below.
First tip is how to find the right chair to paint. You need to look for smooth fabric. The fabric can have some texture. Ideally it needs to be close knit. In the first photo below I painted an antique chair and ottoman. I used the same colors as in this tutorial.
In this photo I painted an antique settee. I used the Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color graphite for the fabric. For the legs I used the Original color of chalk paint.
Second tip is to give yourself two days to do this project. One for painting and one for sanding and waxing.
Final tip. An interesting part about using Annie Sloan chalk paint is you don’t have to sand down the wood first.
Information about Annie Sloan paint.
Thank you for coming by.
Hopefully, this taught you that you can create beautiful masterpieces from ugly old furniture that would most likely get thrown away. Now you can take this tool and paint most anything.
Furniture and pieces you can paint.
The list is endless of things you can paint with chalk paint. Some ideas are as follows:
- Wall shelving
- Wood tables
- End tables
- Frames (here is a tutorial)
- Or any wood surfaces.
Where to find affordable, beautiful pieces of furniture.
You can find furniture on these apps:
- Facebook Marketplace
You can find furniture at:
- Second hand stores
- Value Village
- Antique stores
The possibilities of treasures found at Goodwill, second-hand and antique stores are now endless. Do you like the structure of a piece of furniture? Dislike the fabric? Give it your personal touch and paint it. Now, you have something custom for your home.
Look around your home for anything that needs an update. This won’t cost you anything. Now, that’s a win!
Check out my other tutorial using chalk paint. Here I will share how to makeover Goodwill frames.
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