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Painting fabric upholstery with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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We painted the outdated upholstery on these antique chairs with a mixture of 50% Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and 50% water.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-fabric-with-annie-sloan-chalk-paint/ fabric upholstery Sloan Chalk Paint
  • painting fabric upholstery with annie sloan chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
  • painting fabric upholstery with annie sloan chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
  • painting fabric upholstery with annie sloan chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
  • painting fabric upholstery with annie sloan chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
  • painting fabric upholstery with annie sloan chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
  • painting fabric upholstery with annie sloan chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster

To see more: http://bella-tucker.com/2013/04/painting-fabric-with-annie-sloan-chalk-paint/

Got a question about this project?

  • Kaily Desrochers

    I have a dark hunter green recliner. Will I be able to paint it white! It's fabric and patterned. Thanks

    • Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes

      @Kaily Desrochers Yes, it might take several coats to cover the green, but it should work. Good luck.

  • Michele Shank
    Michele Shank Mauldin, SC

    I just finished a roll back living room chair. I misted it with water and used watered down Annie Sloan. It took 3 cans. Then I waxed it tonight. I'm so disappointed because it chipped off while waxing. Now I'm wondering if it will actually be

    • Jacqueline Lo
      Jacqueline Lo Denver, CO

      @Michele Shank Hi Michele - I know this is an old post, so maybe you've already found a solution. The reason it chipped off is because the paint was sitting on top of the fabric and not absorbed into the fabric. . You really want the paint to soak in

  • Debi-14
    Debi-14 Newnan, GA

    Gorgeous!

  • Rita S. Brown
    Rita S. Brown Glasgow, KY

    What is the method for applying the wax to upholstered furniture?

  • Sandy Hudgins

    what kind of wax are you referring to? Would love to try this.

  • Marcy Mckinney
    Marcy Mckinney Mc Kenzie, TN

    Other waxes besides Annie Sloans, planning on doing a large project so I'm going to need alot.

  • Laura
    Laura New Baltimore, MI

    I Misted my couch, then mixed Annie Sloan 50/50 with water and painted it on. It then sanded and applied Annie Sloan wax. Feels painted and waxed! Help!

    • Val Frania {Love My DIY Home}

      @Dottie Honeycutt Because of your recommendation, I checked out Heirloom Traditions FAB - looks like a very useful product! Thanks.

  • Kaye Gonyer
    Kaye Gonyer Fountain City, WI

    If I am going to paint a couch and love seat with a kind of rough fabric is it going to work on the rough fabric? And I don't know about the wax on fabric

  • Mary
    Mary Windham, NH

    I would like to paint a faded canvas fabric outdoor hammock. When it rains and the material gets wet and damp will the color transfer to our clothes? Or, do I need to use a clear sealer and if so, what brand and type?

  • Carmella Rapier
    Carmella Rapier Greenville, OH

    Would chalk paint work on an old tweed material?

  • Candis Morgan
    Candis Morgan Australia

    I would like to paint my micro suede couch, will chalk paint work on that too?

  • Nancy Mitchell
    Nancy Mitchell Old Hickory, TN

    Hi! I found a very old fainting couch I like. I need to have it painted or reupolstere. The fabric is old and flowers in design. Would love to revive it! Any suggestions?

  • Vicki Boyd Messer
    Vicki Boyd Messer Riverview, FL

    no replys? need answers!

  • OhSally
    OhSally Lacey, WA

    Beautiful job...my 18-year-old granddaughter is just starting to think decor as she's getting to that first apartment age, and she was intrigued at what a difference a little paint and talent made in those chairs.
    I've got a question...In the chair

  • Louise May Heath

    Beautiful work, we'll done.. If you are open to a little advice try adding a medium to your chalk paint.. after your top coat is completely dry try using a soft bristle hair brush to lightly brush of any remain residue. If the piece is tufted or has

    • Louise May Heath

      I hadn't read the end of your post about the wax.. I just did.. lol.

  • Megan
    Megan Franklin, TN

    We just moved into a house with heavy custom drapery. Will chalk paint work on this?

  • Colpodamore

    molto benne bella!

  • Shericodner

    On the can ofchalk paint it says that the paint contains ingredients that cause cancer and it also contains phalates which disrupt hormones. Can you explain how it is a good idea to be covering upholstered furniture with it?? I wouldn't use it for

    • LibraryKAT
      LibraryKAT Howell, MI

      Agreed. Don't care for the chalk paint look myself, but have used acrylic craft paints and latex paint to do something similar.

  • Beverly Keely
    Beverly Keely Rock Hill, SC

    How about sofa pillows? Will that paint well?

  • Andrea Schnapp
    Andrea Schnapp Santa Rosa Beach, FL

    I'd like to know how you distressed the wood on the arm chair above as I would like to do that my familiar chair. Thanks you!

    • Jiji luxe
      Jiji luxe Canada

      @Andrea Schnapp you would use a fine grit sanding paper. Lightly distress to desired look.

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