You may have seen this picture on Facebook or Instagram over the weekend of my first ever go painting fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I had read about it and seen some amazing results and decided to have a go with one of the two little bedroom chairs I found on the side of the road recently. I love the shape of these but was not keen on the skirt, and while I love old fashioned patterns in fabrics, was not overly keen on the overall feel of the chair. So in I went with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue – one of my absolute favourites.
Here is what I did.
First I sprayed the chair down with some water as one of the tips from Annie Sloan is to make sure the fabric is a little damp and use some water on the brush with the paint each time as well. You are trying to work the paint into the fabric, not just paint on the surface.
Then I grabbed a tub of water and the paint so I could keep the paint quite wet. I also use an Annie Sloan brush as they are quality and can hold lots of paint and have a lovely finish. I also used a small paintbrush later to touch up small areas, the buttons and the trim.
I started with quite thin paint but as I worked I added more paint and less water as I wanted to cover the patterns – not the texture, which I love, but the colours. I had read some people have had trouble covering patterned fabrics and that is one reason I chose the dark colour, other than the fact I love this colour!
With the buttons I dabbed and swirled the brush to get right into the depth of the buttons and it seemed to work well. You could also use a smaller brush like a stencil brush on buttons or other deep areas.
I cut off the skirt and trimmed it as much as possible but left a frayed feeling as I liked the Industrial sort of feel it gives to the chair. I also ripped off the old carpet underlay someone had put on the feet to protect a floor, as now they were visible. Later I used copper spray paint on the bottom edge and the feet and then sanded them back a little to give a distressed look with some blue showing through.
I just love how the embossed pattern and the buttons are highlighted with the paint. It took really only one overall coat but more like one and a half to two coats, as I went over some areas. You really have to go with it on the day as to what finish you want.
I used a stippling or dabbing brush stroke to get into the nails on the back and around the seams.
This was the first go with the trimming of the skirt – later I cut all of this off.
Spray painting the legs and trim – later I used a small paintbrush to tidy up around the trim and distressed the legs.
And the feel of the chair?
At the moment it feels a little like a canvas chair – actually quite comfortable and no paint coming off. I had to go away the day after I did it, so when I am back I will have a review and may try waxing a small area to see what sort of finish that gives too. At the moment I am very happy but the test will be durability and comfort. I will report back!
Definitely loving the look
What do you think? Would you be game enough to give it a try?
Here is a tutorial with Annie Sloan which you might also find useful.