Monday, June 4, 2012
Chalk Paint Upholstery? Why not?
So I came across this victorian chair at a local flea market and the price was great! I decided I could do something wonderful with this chair, as I started planning it out I knew reupholstering would not be an easy project, due to the springs and what seemed to be old grass or straw that was used for stuffing this antique chair. I just did not want to mess with it!!! Although the fabric was very stained, there were no rips and fabric seemed to be pretty sturdy. I had read a few blogs about painting fabric so I thought I would give it a try. I went ahead and replaced the burlap covering on the bottom side of the seat to prevent the stuffing from falling out and to give it a nice clean appearance. Old bean sacks are great for this, they are much sturdier than the burlap at the fabric store and can usually be found at Flea Markets for very low cost.
My favorite product is Chalk Paint, made by Annie Sloan. I used Old White for the upholstery and Graphite for the frame. I started applying the paint and it was pretty thick which can be typical with Chalk Paint as it is exposed to air, I added some water and it covered easily. As it dried there were quite a few uneven areas. I continued to touch up but finally realized I would not get a perfectly covered finish on this piece. After chair was completely painted I waxed both the frame and applied two coats to the upholstery it had the feeling of soft leather to the touch. The uneven areas were still visible and if I had to do it again I think I would do a darker color or apply a stencil pattern to hide imperfections. However, imperfections are part of the charm in shabby furnishings. Overall it was a great project and definitely one I will do again in the future. I love the color combo of the two colors I chose.
I brought this little cutie to a local Antique Fair and it received quite a bit of attention and compliments. I ended up selling it to one of my best customers and friend the AMAZING Winnie Bruce of Winnie Bruce Photoraphy she will use it as a photo prop for her business. She said it will also grace her bedroom when it is not adding charm to her wonderful photographs. Hope to see some pics soon Winnie!