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Awesome Remodels 3 days ago

Painting fabric upholstery with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

We painted the outdated upholstery on these antique chairs with a mixture of 50% Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and 50% water. We misted the fabric with a spray bottle of water with each coat of paint so that the fabric would absorb the paint and not be stiff. It took three coats of paint, with about 24 hours of drying time between each coat. We stenciled a french design on each chair using Annie Sloan Graphite. The blue stripe was stenciled with Aubusson Blue. We then distressed and glazed the arms and legs. You can see the full tutorial here: http://bella-tucker.com/2013/04/painting-fab... #repurpose #painted fabric #painted upholstery #Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
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  • Amber
    Amber Atlanta, GA
    Do you recommend doing this on a large scale? Like a couch?
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    • Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
      Amber I would say if you weren't going to spend a lot of time on the couch. The fabric becomes kind of stiff, so not very comfy. I think it's best for an accent chair.
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  • Amber
    Amber Atlanta, GA
    Thanks so much!
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  • Heather (Blissfully Chic DIY)
    This looks great!!! I painted a couch about 2 years ago and LOVED it. We still use it as our main couch today. It's super comfy and I'm so glad I did it. ( http://blissfullychicdiy.blogspot.com/2014/0...
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  • Patty
    Patty Wilmington, MA
    I have an upholstered settee that's only decorative. It's a fabric with a raised portion of it in velour/crushed velvet. Any idea how that might take the paint?
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  • Sandi Ravenscraft
    Sandi Ravenscraft Saint Peters, MO
    How much paint did you use for both of the chairs? I am doing two wingback chairs and the lady at the store said 1 can would be enough but I seem to be going through it quickly. Mixing with water and misting before. Is it just the first coat that seems
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    • Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
      Sandi Ravenscraft We used less than 1/2 a can for the two chairs. You will be fine. Good luck!
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    • Sandi Ravenscraft
      Sandi Ravenscraft Saint Peters, MO
      Ok I must be doing something wrong because I used more than half a can on 1 coat on one chair. Could it be the material? It has a nap to it and was really hard to cover. Or am I not wetting the fabric enough?
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  • Alex
    Alex Clearwater, FL
    Do you think it would be possible to just lighten a fabric with a coat or two? I have a pair of accent chairs with a pretty fabric that just needs to be a little more subtle.
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  • Grandmother Of 8
    Grandmother Of 8 Middleboro, MA
    how is Annie Sloan chalk paint different from any other chalk paint?
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  • Christine
    Christine Upper Marlboro, MD
    Have you painted velvet? I'm concerned about the nap becoming all nasty. But I've inherited a cute little pinky-purple chair and just can't afford to reupholster. My very first thought was to paint...
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  • Monica Galletti
    Is it scratchy to sit on .......
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  • Linda Holley
    Linda Holley South Fulton, TN
    Just bought a very large ottoman today at a junk store and I want to paint the fabric. Should it be waxed? We will def use it to put our feet on-paid less that $50 for it!
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