HOW TO PAINT AN UPHOLSTERED CHAIR FROM TOP TO BOTTOM with annie sloan





I have painted many upholstered chairs with
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but this is one of my favorite DIY PROJECTS to date. This chair has been with me for a long time and it took years before I would commit to paint it. I knew how good it could look but it was still so hard to put paint on it for the first time. Are you thinking about doing it too? Maybe some of the answers you need are in this post.





I brush painted everything from top to bottom with Annie
 Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. That includes the quilted 
rose fabric upholstery I had put on it years earlier. 



I used the paint straight from the can with a 1 inch paint 
brush. I have read on a few occasions that others use water to
dilute the paint in different ways but I have never done that
 on any of my painted chairs. All my chairs are holding up 
great to date and the first one was painted 4 years ago.

You can see the 4yr old chair at this link:



I work in thin layers when painting fabric and I prefer strong
 woven flat or smooth fabrics, they have worked best for me. 
(No velvet or velour types) Even though it has a texture,
 tapestry style fabric works well with ASCP.


I painted the frame with 3 coats of Pure White and 2 coats on 
the fabric. I added a 3rd coat of a creamy white to the fabric
 after dark waxing the frame. More on that in a bit.


To get the dark aged look to the carved frame I used Annie 
Sloan dark wax. However I mixed the dark wax 50/50 with
 clear wax before applying it. This softens the color to a more
 chocolate color rather than it's original stronger coffee color.
I mixed the wax right in a half empty small sized tin.


 
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The dark wax was applied to the Pure White Chalk Paint with
 a 3/4 inch artist brush, and the excess was removed with 
household paper towel. As I went I was also buffing with the 
paper towel. A little friction goes a long way to creating a 
shine on waxed surfaces.

(NO CLEAR WAX WAS USED ON THE FRAME)

I made sure to get the dark wax into all the grooves and
 crevasses. I worked in small sections so the wax doesn't start
 to set on me. If the dark wax did start to set I was able to use 
clear wax to lift some of it. But I understood that putting dark
 wax straight onto the paint actual was staining it,
and changing the color completely.



After the dark waxing was complete on the frame I put the 
3rd layer of paint on the fabric. I mixed a little Annie Sloan 
Arles into Pure White to create a creamy white to coordinate
 with the waxed frame. It is ever so slight a difference on 
camera but it made a huge difference in person.

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A LITTLE EXTRA:
One more layer of paint was added to highlight the frame.
I dry brushed Pure white over the carved bits to make them
 stand out just a little more, you can see the effect below.

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The last 2 steps were to sand the painted upholstery with a 
220 grit paper just to knock down any bumps and give the
 paint a smoother finish. Then I clear waxed and buffed all
 the painted fabric. It ends up feeling like soft leather.

Below is the original BEFORE photo of the chair
a short while after I first got it.

BEFORE                         AFTER
 



SHE TURNED OUT EVEN BETTER THAN I EXPECTED

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