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You CAN Paint a Vinyl Upholstered Chair! With AS Chalk Paint

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I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White to paint an old, tired looking, vinyl chair. I used a darling Laurel Wreath Stencil to detail the chair and waxed the whole thing with AS clear wax. I buffed the wax immediately after applying it to the chair. Then I added another coat of wax and buffed that too. Dipped legs added a fun detail too. makeover
For this old vinyl chair I used thinned down chalk paint to freshen it. I then use clear wax as a finish - buffing immediately as I put the wax on - working in small areas waxing and buffing both.
The legs were painted the same as the chair and then 'dipped' in grey paint.
  • you can paint a vinyl upholstered chair with as chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
  • you can paint a vinyl upholstered chair with as chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
The paint cracks a bit as it wears - but doesn't flake off - it wears like an old buttery leather bomber jacket! To see the amazing after come on over to the blog!

To see more: http://www.sewafineseam.com/2013/07/painting-a-vinyl-upholstered-chair/

Got a question about this project?

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen Wichita, KS
    on Jan 10, 2015

    I had an old orange vinyl chair given to me and read a post on interest about chalk painting it and that chair was so beautiful that I had to try it. The day I started it I read through her blog one more time and was heart broken to find that her chair had started cracking and peeling so I switched to my mud paint and I have my fingers crossed. I love this chair it is almost identicAl to yours. No problems yet for me can you give an update in a few months on yours. She had hers next to a fireplace so that could have been the problem. Good luck to us your chair is beautiful beautiful.

    • Jill F
      Jill F Covington, OH
      on Jan 21, 2015

      @Kathleen Mine did just fine for the weeks I had it in my home - my girls climbed all over it and sat in it all the time. I sold it at show I did - it hadn't shown the slightest inclination to peeling or chipping. Might have depended on how shiny the vinyl was on her chair? This one wasn't shiny at all and was pretty worn so there was plenty to give the paint something to grip.

  • Sarah Ann Semsch
    Sarah Ann Semsch Andover, KS
    on Jan 21, 2015

    Thanks for responding and I will paint one again if I find one. They just are so amazing.

  • Joyce Haragsim
    Joyce Haragsim Las Vegas, NV
    on Jul 9, 2015

    You have given a great idea to paint my very dark brown/red chair into a cheery red.

  • Karen Reilly
    Karen Reilly Sunapee, NH
    on Aug 24, 2015

    I have an old striped chair that is made out of fabric would this chalk paint work on that?

    • Jill F
      Jill F Covington, OH
      on Aug 24, 2015

      @Karen Reilly I'm sure it would work - the biggest thing I would consider is how dark the fabric is in color. If it's very dark it can be hard to cover if you want to go with a light color. There is a great blog post here - http://www.hypheninteriors.com/chairs that has tons of info on painting upholstery and also has links to failed attempts - I'd check it out before you start your project!

  • Colleen Lusignan
    Colleen Lusignan Canada
    on Jan 25, 2016

    Can you use ASCP on a cheap version of leather that has many crackes?

    • Jill F
      Jill F Covington, OH
      on Jan 25, 2016

      @Colleen Lusignan I've not done that but I'm sure you could with the same results as this vinyl chair I painted.

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