Painted Wing Back Chairs

8 Materials
3 Days

My hubby bought 2 beautiful wing back chairs for $25.00 each at an auction. When he brought them home I said; "those are awesome, I'm going to paint them!" He came back at me with " the are!" I said; "Watch me!" When they were done he said; "You're awesome, I should have never doubted you!"
Taped off the legs and under side of chair so if any paint dripped it would not get on the legs or under the chair. My husband chimed in also and covered the front of the chair where the cushion goes by putting newspaper and taped off so while painting it wouldn't get in that space. I love it when he comes up with such great ideas!!
I used Coco chalk paint from Annie Sloan. I diluted the paint 1/2 paint and 1/2 water. Then I lightly sprayed the fabric in the area that I was painting and started brushing on the paint. It was around 100 degrees in the garage and I had a fan on so the paint dried rather quickly. This process took about four rounds of paint.
After I allowed the paint to dry on the chair ( 4 coats of paint to cover the chair) (I used the buffer sponge they use on your nails at the salon) to lightly sand the chairs. It didn't need much. I believe it was because the fabric was a very fine quality. I didn't have any streaks or globs of paint so there really wasn't anything to sand, I did it because I had watched a tutorial on painting with chalk paint and they suggested that step. After I lightly sanded, I took a clean rag and wiped it down and painted one more coat of paint. (5th coat of paint) Let it dry and then waxed it.
Painted the cushions. Same procedure as the chair.
After the chair was dry, I used a wax brush and waxed the chair. I let it dry for a while (10-15minutes was all it took) and took a clean white towel and buffed the wax in. I then sanded and re stained the legs.
My husband helped me move them inside and he even put some new pads on the bottom of the chairs so they wouldn't scratch the floors. They look like leather, they are comfy, and I became a believer that chalk paint could be used on fabric. I think I made a believer out of my husband too!!
Next project. ...fixing an old table that matched the chairs.
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  • Kathy
    on Sep 24, 2019

    What kind of wax do use

  • Lynn Lynd
    on Sep 24, 2019

    Does the painted fabric feel like leather or fabric or.. what?

    • Dianna Jensen
      on Sep 25, 2019

      If you do it right, go by the steps I put on the post. It feels like soft leather.

  • Millie
    on Nov 26, 2019

    How much paint should I buy for one chair? My fabric is a rough feeling material.

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  • Daisy@TX
    on Oct 22, 2019

    Dianna I am so inspired and your instructions look very easy. I believe if I do exactly as you instruct my chairs will also look and feel like leather. I have read some negative comments on others jobs but I think it may have to do with the fabrics. Thank you and you are awesome!

  • Liliana Joint
    on Nov 10, 2019

    Very nice. Congratulations

    How do you think it would work on a velvet material?

    Thanks for your help.


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