Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chair makeover

I was given a nice armchair by my friend Renata a while back and after many months of procrascinating on what to do with it, I decided to give it a paint job!

When I say paint, I mean paint it! I painted the wood and I painted the fabric. Something I have been wanting to try for a long time and thanks to Annie Sloan's chalk paint, it was all possible and fairly easy to do.


Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan clear wax
Paint brushes (S and L)
Painters tape
Sand paper (1000 grit for fabric and 200 for wood)

I started this project by painting the fabric before the wood. I do not know if this is the right order but that is what I chose to do. The first step is to dust free the chair very well (fabric and wood). The second step is to wet the fabric well with a wet rag or a spray bottle. It needs to be moist to absorb the paint well but you don't want it to be soaking wet! The fabric on this chair was so dark that it took about three coats of Annie Sloan's "french linen" paint to finally get the fabric all covered up. I sanded the fabric lightly in between coats to smooth the surface and give it a leather like look.

Once the paint on the fabric was dry (about 24 hours), I gave the wood a couple of coats of Annie Sloan's "old white" chalk paint, making sure to let it dry between coats. 

The next day, I just sanded the corners and edges to give the chair a distressed look and finished the project by applying a light coat of Annie Sloan's clear wax on the wood as well as on the fabric.

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