“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 ®
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.
There was no way I was going to tackle reupholstering a giant chair. Besides being very dirty, the fabric was in mint condition.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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!
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!
So, have any ever painted upholstery or fabric of any kind? or would you like to? I’d love to hear.
If you need more painting options, you might like my DIY Paint Recipe.