Painting Upholstery with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ®

“Oh happy day!” is the name of this tune, my friends! Here’s little DIY Chair Makeover so you can sing along with me.

Painting Upholstery with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® 

painting upholstery with annie sloan

I know, I know! I was slow to jump on the Annie band wagon.  Now that I have…

Watch out! because I’m totally obsessed with the stuff!

Do you hear that playing in the background?!

“Oh happy day! What can we paint next?” I really can’t get it out of my head!

Alright now that you know I am in L-O-V-E, officially a self-proclaimed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® groupie, let me tell you WHY.

If you know me, you get that I’m a DIYer and I’m serious about the whole, Do-It-Yourself thing. I’m not the type to run out and buy something when I can DIY it. That even goes for paint.

I was perfectly content to make my own Paris paint. Heck, I even shared my not-so-secret paint recipe with y’all long ago.

But, at a Christmas get together when a client friend asked me if I would give this cool chair she had picked up at an estate sale one of my fresh furniture makeovers, of course, I said yes.

But.

There was no way I was going to tackle reupholstering a giant chair.  Besides being very dirty, the fabric was in mint condition.

estate sale chair before

“Hmm, maybe now might be the perfect time to test out that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® I’m always hearing about.”

I went into this project thinking how good could said paint really be. Please?!

One afternoon I went with my sister to visit the only place locally that sells AS, Robyn Story Designs.

Robyn Story Designs

What an Ah-mazing place, Robyn Story Designs! I can’t wait to go back!

I had the pleasure of meeting Robyn, her husband, and the lovely Lori who shared some of her painting secrets with me on how to work with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® on fabric.

Keeping the bedroom in mind where the chair end up I went with a beautiful blue, Provence  and a Gilder’s Paste in German Silver to complete the makeover.

What a true delight to visit Robyn’s store and my, oh my what an awesome price on the paint too! You should check it out!

Back to the project

I simply gave the chair a good cleaning with some of my favorite natural cleanser, I made into a paste and brushed into the fabric. I let dry and  then made sure to vacuumed it all up really well.

Next, I painted on two coats of the AS in Provence (this pic shows you after 1 coat on the right side) and let it all dry over night.

painting upholstery spray water to move paint

Notice the spray bottle of water above on the lower right corner.

I lightly sprayed my brush with water each time, I  went back for paint. The water really helped me worked it into the heavy nap of the fabric. I decided to apply two coats of paint to make sure I had full coverage everywhere. Last but not least, I applied some lovely Gilder’s Paste with my finger to the buttons, arms and taped off legs.

annie sloan provence chair with gold accents

After one coat of  Annie Sloan Clear Wax everywhere, I buffed it by hand with an old soft cotton t-shirt to finish it off. And, boom!

This DIY Chair makeover really does makes me sing, “Oh happy day!”

painting upholstery before and after

So, does painting upholstery with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® really work?!

Oh, yes my friend! Yes, it does and it even feels like a soft leather when you’re all done!

Quite amazing.

I have to say I was impressed.

Of course, there are countless wonderful things I could tell you about my 1st experience painting upholstery with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ®! But all you really need to know is…

it will make you sing a happy tune, you won’t soon forget!

Promise.

So, have any ever painted upholstery or fabric of any kind? or would you like to?  I’d love to hear.

xxoo

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Comments

  1. I so much want to try this technique! My cousin has a winged back chair that she is willing for me to experiment with. Can you say spring break project?? I adore what you did with this chair. It looks fabulous and like a totally different piece of furniture.
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  2. Wow, I love the end result of the chair! Great job! I’ve been using Annie Sloan paint ever since it was available in my area, before that, like you, I made my own. And what a difference! I have a chair to do the fabric on, but haven’t made it that far yet. But, I did paint a pair of suede shoes that had seen better days..and I love them!
    I saw you sharing at Project Inspire{d}
    Debbie :)
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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your DIY. I love the idea , and will try it asp.
    Have a lovely day.
    Kat
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  4. Wow, what a transformation! I’m a huge AS fan but have never tried painting fabric. I have two slipper chairs that I’ve been thinking about painting and I think I’m going to give it a try. Hope they turn out half as good as this project!
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    • Oh you’ll love it on fabric. Just make sure to clean it really well and then work in smaller sections with your water spray bottle handy. It’s simple and fun. Can’t wait to hear how they turn out.
      cheers

  5. AMAZING!!! I never would have considered painting the fabric of furniture before. I love this project. The blue that you picked is my very favorite color. Pinning this to refer back to. :)

  6. I am SO ready to go pick up a piece of furniture to paint! I painted a cushion before but not with chalk paint. I’m so on board now. Beautiful!
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  7. I LOVE this! I have an older game table with 4 upholstered chairs and would love to try this method on the chairs. Does the paint cover on dark colored fabric? I’d love any advice you could share!
    Thanks,
    ~Donya
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    • Thanks so much Donya! Yes the paint has amazing coverage even with just one or two coats. For a darker fabric you’re painting over with a really light color you may want to consider an additional coat or two but I’m sure it would work fabulously. I’d love to see your chairs when they’re done!

  8. Beautiful! Love the colors you chose, such a transformation! So, two coats of paint and then wax…what does it feel like when you sit on it?
    Blessings,
    Cindy
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    • Thanks Cindy! And yes, I did two coats and one coat of AS clear wax. It’s like a leather feel now which is nice to sit on. Each coat of wax would make it softer and smoother to the touch. Give it a try. You’ll love it!

  9. This turned out beautifully!!! I’m sure you will soon become addicted to ASCP!!! ~Christy
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  10. Hi, I’m getting ready to paint my 2 wing back chairs. They are navy blue and I’m wanting to paint them a maize yellow. I’m concerned that the blue will bleed through. I’ve read several blogs on painting upholstery but most have said the fabric will be stiff afterwards. Yours was the first blog I’ve read that said it could feel like leather. I’d love to hear your suggestions.Thanks :)

    • Hi Melanie, I say go for it! Annie Sloan’s yellow is gorgeous and my guess is 2-3 coats would cover up the navy just fine. I wouldn’t be worried about bleeding thru at all. And, you can avoid the stiff feel you mentioned by working in small areas with the wax and applying additional coats. The wax make it so nice. Good luck! And please let me know if you need anything else.
      cheers

  11. Hello. I am thinking of painting a couple of my dining room chairs. I noticed you said that it feels like a soft leather after applying the wax. I have small children. Do you think this would hold up under every day use? I’m worried the wax will start to crack and the chairs will become useless. What do you think?

  12. Love the outcome of the paint job. Excelent!!

  13. I have been anxious to try this but the “test” run is a garage sale loveseat that we bought as an until piece for our cottage.
    My question is do you think it will work on textured snubbed fabric?
    Remember the kind 15 + years ago that looks like the fabric is badly pilled.

    Every post I have read shows a tight woven fabric, this certainly is not that.
    My other concern is will it drink up a gallon of AS paint?

    • Hi Jo-Ann, Yes I think the nubby fabric will work just fine with ASCP. If it was me doing it I would work in small areas and apply several thin coats. You can lightly sand it when you’re all done if some spots have excess piled up. It probably will take more paint than other fabrics would but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how far ASCP goes. It’s awesome.

  14. Wow, a lovely transformation and great blog post. We’re a stockist of ASCP in the UK and we love to see how others use this amazing paint! We recently painted some drapes for our shop, love painting fabric :)

  15. lisa scronce says:

    I have been researching this paint for two years and finally gave up on it ever coming to my town. Found it an hour a half away and its worth every mile I drive to get it! The chair is beautiful!

  16. Ah, wow! That looks amazing! I can’t believe it’s the same chair! WOW, again!
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  17. I haven’t tried chalk paint on fabric because I was afraid it would feel like paint on fabric… Reading the comments, you’ve answered my question – it has a “leather” feel! I might give it a try because your chair looks awesome!

  18. I first want to say I love the chair. I have been wanting to do this to my outdoor furniture for the last year, but didn’t know how. I am so happy I saw this pin. My question is, do you think it would be ok to use the paint on outdoor furniture, or would the moisture in the air ruin it?

  19. Serretta Barlow says:

    That came out amazing! I can’t believe how great it looks! I love that blue with the gold!

  20. Love this idea for fabric! Do you have any way to paint a vinyl chair?

    • I have not personally tried painting with AS on vinyl but I know it works on leather so I’d give it a try if it were me. I’d be very surprised if it didn’t turn out beautifully. This stuff works wonders.

  21. I have a question about the wax. Not sure how to apply and buff it. I’m worried that it will come off on our clothes.

  22. Debby Smallwood says:

    Was curious I have an old wrought iron rocking chair.if I use the paint on iron do I have to wax it also?? Thanks Debby

  23. Happy 4th! Thanks for sharing this awesome project at Inspiration Monday!
    Debbie
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  24. Lovely! can this work on a leather type fabric?

  25. I have a big low pile area rug that I’m looking into painting rather than spending money on a new one. Do you think this paint would do well on a rug? Do you think the texture created with the paint would be okay to walk on?

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