I have written about this in the past but thought it was worth a little before & after post. Yes it’s true you can use Chalk Paint® on fabric. It’s expensive to have things professionally redone these days. I bought a set of six of these amazing french chairs and yes I was so tempted to spend a ton of money to have the seats done and use some amazing chic fabric but at the end of the day it’s a huge investment.
As an alternative I decided to paint the seats with Chalk Paint® and paint the frames. I figured the new owners could either keep the Chalk Painted seats (which I think look adorable) or they could pick out the perfect fabric for their space and have them redone.
What you need for this project
– Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan
– Clear wax by Annie Sloan
– 200 grit sanding spong
– I used an Annie Sloan medium brush for paint and a small wax brush
Chalk Painting Fabric Tutorial
1 – The chairs were pretty grungy so I cleaned them with TSP spray from Home Depot
2 – I applied 1 solid coat of old white Chalk Paint® on the entire chair let it dry should take 20-30 minutes. If you are doing multiple chairs like I was by the time you are done with the set the 1st one is ready for the next step.
3 – I took my sanding sponge and I distressed the frames of the chairs. After you are done sanding/distressing just wipe the frames down with a moist cloth to remove the dust.
4 – On to the seats….mix 25% water + 75% chalk paint (you pick the color I chose Paloma). Apply this mix to the fabric seats. Let it dry for about 20 minutes.
5 – 2nd coat for the seats this time use straight chalk paint (you can water it down a little if you want). After the 2nd coat it’s up to you if you want to do a 3rd coat. I did only 2 coats because I liked the texture of the fabric showing through.
6 – Final step if to apply clear wax to both the frame and the seat. This will give the seat a plush almost leathery feel to it. I only applied one coat of wax however if you want extra protection wait 24 hours and apply a 2nd coat.
And here is the final product….
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