I thought it was about time to give you another look at some of the Old Things New projects I’ve been doing around my house.
The title of this article is The Ups & Downs of Painting & Waxing Upholstery. This project was a big thumbs UP, so I’ll share it first, then I’ll tell you about my other experience with painting fabric . . . which turned out to be a big thumbs DOWN.
I painted this thrifted French chair using my homemade chalk paint recipe, color matched to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s (ASCP) Old White. I have an ASCP color sample brochure which I take down to my local hardware store to have it matched.
- I thoroughly sprayed the chair down first with a spray bottle of water. This helps the paint soak into the fabric.
- I painted over the entire chair, fabric, trim and wood, with the Old White knockoff paint, watered down a bit more than what I would normally paint an all-wood piece of furniture.
- I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly before continuing on to the next coat.
- I applied two more coats of Old White to the fabric and one more coat to the wooden sections of the chair.
- After more drying time, I painted the wood with two coats of home made chalk paint, color matched to ASCP’s French Linen.
- After all was dry I scuffed up the paint with a sanding block to allow the Old White and some of the natural wood to show through.
- Finally, I applied ASCP soft wax, allowed it to dry, buffed, and repeated the process with a second coat of wax.
Note: Soft wax is great but I now prefer the less expensive, harder and more glowing finish of MinWax Paste Finishing Wax. You can see my review of that in this post about my Chalk Painted French Country Bar Stools.
Finally, the DOWN side of chalk painting fabric. I would never, never, repeat, never, try painting velvet fabric again. I know that a lot of people do it but the one chair I painted took an entire quart of chalk paint, and I was using ASCP, which is expensive. Even after painting multiple coats, it still had a slight hint of the pink color. I waxed it because that is supposed to make it feel “just like leather,” according to some, but not my low napped velvet chair. The chair ended up feeling rough when running your hand across it and I felt like it would never be comfortable for “real” use.
I lent my chair to Santa Clause for a holiday bazaar and by the end of the day, bits of his red suit were stuck in the rough nap of the painted chair! LOL!
So, needless to say, no more paint on velvet for me!
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