A Mid-Century Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan on Fabric

A Mid-Century Chair Makeover

Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan on Fabric

A Mid-Century Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan on Fabric
From left to right: Aubusson Blue, Olive, Primer Red and English Yellow

Do you have some old chairs that need updating but not sure how to? Worried about what the fabric will feel like if you paint it?

Read the following tutorial which goes into how to achieve a professional reupholster at home using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

We have updated 4 mid-century modern chairs by painting the legs and frames in Graphite Chalk Paint. The seats were reupholstered in our Gentlemen fabric and painted with Chalk Paint. 

The upholstery had sunk with age and was looking dull and shabby in sage velvet. So we stripped it back. The wood on the back of the chair was polished with a Danish oil to give it back it’s lustre. Annie then painted the legs with Graphite using a small flat brush and painting in one direction to get a smooth finish. 

A Mid-Century Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan on Fabric

The existing seat pad was in relatively good condition so we reused it adding a new piece of polyester wadding and fire retardant calico.

A Mid-Century Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan on Fabric

We covered the seat pad with Gentleman fabric. Stapling it in place.

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Using masking tape, Annie marked off the area she wanted to paint.

A Mid-Century Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan on Fabric

She then made a dye using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan mixed with water (approx. 10 parts water to 1 part paint) in a small container. She applied it to the seat using a small Flat Brush, working the dye into the fabric. Once dry, it is a good idea to heat seal the paint dye either using a hairdryer or an iron. This will lock the dye into the fabric. The fabric will feel just as soft as before – not crunchy with paint.

A Mid-Century Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan on Fabric
From left to right: Aubusson Blue, Olive, Primer Red and English Yellow
A Mid-Century Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan on Fabric
Close up: Olive painted fabric
A Mid-Century Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan on Fabric
Close up: Primer Red painted fabric

 

PLEASE NOTE: That we do NOT recommend using Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan on Teak as it is too oily.

For Australia and NZ, look for your nearest stockist of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan here. Other countries click here, to search for your nearest stockist. Look out for more advanced furniture painting projects on Havven soon. Further inspiration for all levels of painting projects can be found on the Annie Sloan website, also the Annie Sloan step-by-step tutorial series via YouTube.

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