Off Brand Chalk Paint - Chair Makeover

3 Materials
1 Hour

I was tired of seeing chair makeovers with materials that people can’t really afford to buy. I should move over to the group of folks who only DIYOAB (D I Y On A Budget).

No offense to the Annie Sloan fans, but I have not yet talked myself into spending $35 on a can of paint.

This is chair was found on the curb, so FREEEE-yaaayyyy! And needed some love.

off brand chalk paint chair makeover

Little ugly right?

Well not for long..

If you’ve searched for chalk paint on Amazon you’ve probably seen the brand Folk Art. I can’t say enough good things about them.

off brand chalk paint chair makeover

So onto the instructions:

First I looked for online inspirations, accent chairs are very popular right now. I found this one called McKenna Chair for a mere $399

off brand chalk paint chair makeover

Once I settled on the style, I sprayed the chair fabric with water.

Then I used a chalk paint brush to paint, going in every direction, almost like rubbing it in as hard as I could to make it penetrate.

Once it it dried I did a second coat. And had this...

off brand chalk paint chair makeover

I used an antique stain on the arms and legs.. clear wax on the fabric. (But only wax seal the fabric after the stripes are done)

Then I started taping with masking tape for the stripes, o chose a gray color and mixed it on with the wax. So the paint and wax would go as one..

off brand chalk paint chair makeover

I kinda liked the contrast of the tape and chair color 😍

but moving on....

off brand chalk paint chair makeover

I also loved these two colors together.


off brand chalk paint chair makeover

Final product! I’m so happy with the results.

The paint did not disappoint at all. Some of my friends said it would not compare to the quality of the AS paint, also, I needed so little paint for this, a little bit goes a long way. Which means I still have paint for more projects.

I posted the steps in videos on my stories if you want to go and watch.

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  • Karen Pullen
    on Sep 23, 2019

    What was the ratio of paint to wax for the stripes? Couldn't find any videos on your Instagram link. Thanks!

  • Lisa
    on Sep 23, 2019

    I was also wondering if this was a fabric chair and if it became stiff and not desirable to be able to sit on. Also, does the paint wear off if the chair is actually used?

    • Sammy Pampani
      on Sep 23, 2019

      From every other testimony of people who’ve done this, the chair is doesn’t wear off.

      when the paint dried at first there was some light stiffness, after I waxed it, it became soft, with more use and wear it becomes softer. I’m loving it.

  • Lin1263925
    on Sep 23, 2019

    What was the material of the chair

    • Sammy Pampani
      on Sep 24, 2019

      I’ts that type of fabric that looks like it won’t get wet but does, and you’d usually only find out after sitting on it😂. it totally absorbed the paint as if it was stain once I was wet.

      The back of the chair says:

      75% blended cotton batting

      20% resin polyester

      5% grotto vinyl

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  • Debra McMenamin
    on Sep 24, 2019

    Beautiful transformation!

  • Kathy
    Just now

    Beautiful job. I also found a chair almost like this free on the curb. I hope to do something similar to yours.

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