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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We painted the outdated upholstery on these antique chairs with a mixture of 50% Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and 50% water.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

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

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  • House Of Hawthornes
    House Of Hawthornes Columbus, OH
    on Apr 14, 2013

    The before and afters are amazing! Love the one with the grain sack look!

  • Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
    Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes Franklin, TN
    on Apr 14, 2013

    Thanks so much!!

  • Angela: Unexpected Elegance
    Angela: Unexpected Elegance Fishers, IN
    on Apr 14, 2013

    AMAZING!! I love the striped chair!

  • Brenda Nielsen
    Brenda Nielsen Oxford, AL
    on Apr 14, 2013

    :)

  • Kim Brotzman
    Kim Brotzman Putnam, CT
    on Apr 15, 2013

    wow!

  • Lisa C
    Lisa C Melbourne, FL
    on Apr 15, 2013

    I love love love this I have 2 old rocking chairs I hid in the bedroom s one was my great grandmas and one my husbands grandmas and they were both redone in a fabric I do not love this would be a great way to update! The fabric will wear well??? what if it is a textured velvet like pattern?

  • Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
    Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes Franklin, TN
    on Apr 15, 2013

    @Lisa C Thanks! One of my chairs was a textured fabric and it didn't turn out as well as the smooth fabric, but it is a BIG improvement over the original fabric. The painted fabric now feels like something in between fabric and leather. I think because the chairs have three coats of paint that they will weather very nicely. The paint soaked into the fibers of the fabric. :)

  • Lorraine Edwards
    Lorraine Edwards Wilmington, DE
    on Apr 15, 2013

    Very lovely. Adore the style and color of it all!

  • Brenda Nielsen
    Brenda Nielsen Oxford, AL
    on Apr 16, 2013

    Wish I had known this BEFORE I gave away my comfy sectional because of outdated fabric.

  • Cecilia Bramhall
    Cecilia Bramhall Pflugerville, TX
    on Apr 22, 2013

    wow, I didn't know you could paint fabric! Those look great.

    • Cher D
      Cher D Elyria, OH
      on Jan 19, 2014

      @Cecilia Bramhall GO TO Joann's fabric they have fabric paint

  • Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
    Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes Franklin, TN
    on Apr 22, 2013

    thanks everyone!!

  • Libby at An Eye For Detail
    Libby at An Eye For Detail Pittsboro, NC
    on Apr 25, 2013

    I would be absolutely terrified to start this project! Congratulations; really nice!

  • Lisa S
    Lisa S Thousand Oaks, CA
    on Apr 26, 2013

    beautiful ! What kind of wax is used ?

  • Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
    Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes Franklin, TN
    on Apr 30, 2013

    We used Annie Sloan Clear wax followed by dark wax on the wood.

  • UNFOLDED
    UNFOLDED Kenner, LA
    on May 28, 2013

    This is awesome!

  • Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
    Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes Franklin, TN
    on May 28, 2013

    Thanks!

  • Ellen Thompson
    Ellen Thompson Birmingham, AL
    on May 28, 2013

    I have three chairs I acquired a couple of weeks ago at an estate sale. One has a leather seat that I am planning to paint with the ASCP when I paint the frame. The other two have a very heavy textured fabric. Have you ever tried painting anything like that?

  • Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
    Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes Franklin, TN
    on May 29, 2013

    @Ellen Thompson The leather will finish beautifully. The heavy textured fabric will be a little stiff and it is hard to get good coverage. Chances are that they will look a lot better, but they probably won't be a solid color. Good luck :)

  • Kat =^.^=
    Kat =^.^= Boulder City, NV
    on Jun 24, 2013

    FAB!!!

  • Diane
    Diane Spring Hill, FL
    on Jul 19, 2013

    I'm looking for some encouragement to paint fabric vertical blinds an updated color. They have a knobby texture, too. Do you think this would work?

    • Liette Lanner Patterson
      Liette Lanner Patterson Canada
      on Nov 8, 2015

      @Diane I painted a set of vertical fabric blinds this summer, you can use any regular paint mixed with glycerine which stops the fabric from hardening. I believe I started with a water/glycerine ratio of 5:1 and then my water/glycerine to paint ratio I played around with and eventually ended up using a 3:1. Painted each side of the vanes, hung to dry (about 24-48 hrs) and then reassembled the blinds. I'm pretty happy how they turned out as they were originally a bright pink and are now beige.

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