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We painted the outdated upholstery on these antique chairs with a mixture of 50% Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and 50% water.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: fabric upholstery Sloan Chalk Paint
Before and After of Annie Sloan Chalk Painted Upholstery
We painted this chair with Annie Sloan Paris Gray

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  • Julie Butler
    on Jan 24, 2017

    Hi there. I don't seem to be able to get a definitive answer from Annie Sloan about whether or not to use a fabric medim in the paint.... will the stencil rub off. or how do you clean it as necessary? Did you have to use a fabric medium in the paint to "set" the stencil into the fabric and make is washable? It looks beautiful, but will it wear off and how to clean? Many thanks.

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jan 25, 2017

      If you use fabric medium it will be softer and feel like fabric, if you don't it will be stiffer but still work.

  • Gloria Arzadon
    on Dec 9, 2017

    Will other chalk paints work or does it have to be AS?
    • Mary Moore
      on Jun 26, 2018

      I just did this with another brand. Same mix 50% paint, 50% water.

  • Carolyn Washell
    on May 3, 2018

    How do I get the wood to look like this?

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  • Andrea Schnapp
    on Apr 17, 2016

    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!

    • Maion Jiji
      on Jun 12, 2016

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

  • Carolyn Washell
    on May 3, 2018

    I have a dark wood glider and want to lighten the wood.

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