Quite a while ago I acquired a set of four rather heavy, great quality wooden chairs. They were a little dated but definitely had potential. They looked like this:
I had already acquired and painted some other dining chairs but I was really drawn to the solid-ness of these ones so I sold the other ones and started tidying up these ones. The main difference is that this time around I used chalk paint instead of primer and emulsion. The main reason is because I wanted to minimise the prep-work, and sanding, cleaning, getting covered in dust, and then layers of primer felt like too much faff (I’m not ruling it out as a good method though because it has its benefits!). This time, after removing the cushions, I opened up my tin of Antique White Rusto-leum Chalk paint, wiped down the chairs with a damp cloth (make it nice ‘n clean) and got my brush and just started painting. The paint went on like an absolute dream – with no prepping other than a bit of a clean. I always do multiple very thin layers as it gives a better finish.
Paints like a dream 😍
This is after two layers:
I’m a fan of lots of thin layers as it always gives a better and longer lasting finish. These chairs required five thin layers. Probably would’ve been fine with four but I’m quite particular about the finish so I wanted that extra layer, just to make sure coverage was even and lovely.
I was aiming for a ‘smoothly does it’ finish (just feels so good!) so, as chalk paint is quite thick and I had a lot of brush marks, I got hold of some 320 and 400 grit sandpaper (it really does go that high!) and gently sanded over the paint, constantly wiping the dust up with a microfibre cloth. This gave the chairs a silky smooth finish which I’m really proud of. I was careful not to overdo it, as part of the charm with hand painted furniture is seeing that it was hand painted so I didn’t want to lose the hand painted character.
When that was finished it was waxing time! I use Rust-oleum finishing wax which is kind of my tried and trusted go-to wax. Apply all over, then buff. I used lint-free cloths for these but some times a wax brush is more appropriate (if there a lots of books and crannies to get the wax into).
The only thing left to do after all this painting and waxing was the reupholstery! I forgot to take photos but you can see the before at the top of this post, and you can see the after in the photo below:
Our little dining table will be ‘gotten’ with my paintbrush soon!
And from another angle:
Things I used:
- Rust-oleum chalk paint in Antique White
- Rust-oleum finishing wax in clear
- Annie Sloan chalk paint brush
- Lint free cloths
- 320 and 400 grit sanding paper (I bought this from a local shop so I cant recommend an online seller I’m afraid!)
- Fryetts stag print fabric, and some lining fabric
- I also used Scotch Gard fabric protector on the seats (it can be quite pricey but there are some reasonably priced sellers on eBay). This protects the fabric against marks, makes it easier to clean and helps it last longer.
Just so you know – I’ve used affiliate links in that list, which means if you click them and buy the product I’ve linked to I might get a little referral fee (it’s not much but it might help go towards a tin of paint eventually! 😁)
Hope you enjoyed looking at this chair makeover – let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them 😀