Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chalk Paint on a Fabric Chair

To say that I am skeptical about painting
fabric with chalk paint is an understatement...


But in the name of science and all that is crafty,
I'm painting a fabric chair with Annie Sloan chalk paint today...





This is the chair...


Don't get me wrong, I like the chair. 
It's Polynesian-funky with an autumn leaf flair.

Today... it is the sacrificial lamb...

I began by mixing Annie Sloan Pure White with a little bit of 
French Linen, about a 3/1 ratio, then I added about 50% water.

I painted it on all over the chair... fabric, wood and all.


"Ok," I was thinking, 
"if this doesn't work out the chair can be tossed to the curb..."
(In a black garbage bag so the neighbors don't see it)

I let 2 coats of the light gray dry and then I went back
over just the fabric with Pure White 
with just a hint of gray this time.


I am literally talking to myself the whole time I'm 
painting... "Do I like it?" 
"Is it going to be crunchy when it dries?" 
"Will it crack?"
"Is anyone ever going to want to sit in this chair?"

"Where can I dump this chair when I'm finished?"


When the paint was dry... 
about 12 hours later with the dehumidifier next to it, 
I waxed the fabric... waxed.... yes I did!


I researched Annie Sloan's paint for fabric and most
people suggest waxing the fabric when the paint is dry
to give it a "leathery feeling."

When the wax was semi-dry I hand painted red grain sack stripes. 
I didn't use painter's tape this time because I wanted the stripes to look natural on the fabric.


Now after all the skepticism and all the talking to myself
during this process... I am thrilled!

The painted fabric looks like painters cloth and feels like a soft leather!... even close up!



The fabric is not hard and crunchy like I thought.
It actually does feel like a thick painter's cloth. 
(I am sure this will depend on the original fabric and how well it takes the paint)

Even the Polynesian-funky looks a lot better painted gray.



I put the chair in my bedroom because the stripe
matches the pillow on my bed. I'm not sure 
about the chair but I do like the painted fabric and the stripe!

What do you think? 
Will you ever try chalk painting fabric?


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29 comments:

  1. LOVE it....hmmm, now you've got me thinking. I have a upholstered little stool that needs a re-do. I might try it too :) Thanks!! Laurel

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  2. Susan, I have wondered about painting fabric with chalk paint. SO glad your lil' lamb gave it's life to prove it can be done ;)
    {Hugs}
    ~ Deanna

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  3. wow - what a great look!! I'd love to know what this looks like after a few months of use, if it cracks or breaks off or whatever.

    Keep us posted!!!

    Love the final look!!

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  4. Found you at A Stroll Thru Life party...I love your chair. Someday, I want to paint fabric just to see hoe it looks and feels. You have given me inspiration...now to find a sacrifice lol. Now following you.

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  5. My friends laughed at me when I said my plan was to paint the cushions in for my vintage trailer...now I'm going to do it for sure...What a wonderfully cheap way to make a change!!
    Thanks for the reassurance!
    Denise

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  6. I've been just as skeptical, so I'm glad to read of your good experience! I'll have to keep it in mind some day!

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  7. I never would have thought of painting fabric with chalk paint. Everything else - yes, but hadn't considered fabric. Thanks for sharing. Great job!

    Judy

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  8. This chair is adorable and the pillow is just perfect. What a great project, so glad that you took the chance. What are you going to paint next?
    Come visit,
    Michelle. thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

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  9. Looks Great! So trendy now,
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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  10. I would have never thought! WOW this is really cool, thanks for sharing with us. :-) Have a blessed day!

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  11. Great chair, and I love the added stripe. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  12. I love it and have not tried this yet either. I need a victim. Would love you to share at my wow us Wednesdays party.

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  13. wow, you are creative....I love the red color of the paint....not too bright!!! Christine from Little Brags

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  14. Aha...my favorite red and white pillow now has a matching chair. Where did you even find that chair? I love the wood on it and now it really looks special. with it's new paint. Great job!

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  15. super job Susan! I have always wanted to paint fabric, but have never had the right subject. ;)

    your chair, fabric and all looks soooo great!

    pinning!
    gail

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  16. You're my hero. I keep wanting to try this and can't get the guts.

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  17. Susan...awesome job!!! She looks great!!! I have to say, the chair we've had in the shop since December, which was also waxed...is holding up beautifully! It actually gets even softer with use. That Chalk Paint®...it is quite the miracle worker ; )

    Amanda

    suitepieces.com

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  18. I'm still in the "hmmmmmm" stage of debate on painting fabric. I want to try it, but I need the perfect chair like you described - one that I won't mind tossing if I don't like it, or keeping if I do!

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  19. Hi Susan, I'm so happy I saw this post. I have a really great wing chair that I just love and it needs new upholstery but I really can't afford to have it done so I am thinking about painting it. I, too, have heard of a few who are doing it and now I'm certain it's the route I want to go. Hopefully, I will get to it before too long. I'm excited. It looks really good..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  20. It looks great! I am going to try to chalk paint two linen lamp shades in the next few weeks.

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  21. I featured your gorgeous chair today! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired!! Pinned for some extra luv!! http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/08/diys-and-recipes-project-inspired.html

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  22. That is unbelievable--it looks amazing!

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  23. I have painted a lamp shade with chalk paint, but it needs another coat as well as painting on the inside. I can see little holes of light when it is lit. Your chair turned out great and I can't wait to try my hand at painting fabric!

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  24. Looks great! But!!! Does the wax come off on your clothes when body heat warms it?!

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    1. Absolutely not! The wax cures and dries to a hard shine.

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  25. Fantastic job! Well done. Can't wait to try this on a chair. I have painted lamp shades with ASCP. Works GREAT!

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  26. Why did you choose to add the stripe after the wax? Will the stripe wear off more quickly without being sealed?

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    1. The stripe was an after thought actually... and using Annie Sloan Chalk paint, you can paint over anything including the wax. I re waxed over the stripe too. :)

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