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April 21, 2015

Change The Color NOT The Upholstery {A Painted Wing Chair}

Do you have a piece of furniture where the fabric is dated but in excellent condition?  Does your budget, like mine, not accommodate having it reupholstered?  Covering it with a slipcover is one option but did you know you can paint the upholstery?

Wing Chair Before, Slipcovered, and then painted with chalk paint

We purchased this wing chair at an auction several years ago and it's been the Go To Chair in our living room.  Burgundy was great in the 90's but not so much anymore, at least with our decorating scheme. Here is what it looked like before...

Wing Chair Before

I've been hiding the upholstery for the last couple of years with a white and red ticked linen slipcover. While it made an improvement it never fit snug and drove me crazy how the fabric shifted around after someone had been sitting in it.

I contemplated altering the slipcover for a snugger fit or sewing a custom one but that just felt too overwhelming.  As we've been adding more white and Chartreuse into our living and dining room the slipcover was looking washed out.

Wing Chair slipcovered

If you've been following my blog you may remember that I painted a French Provincial Chair from gold to Old White a few months ago.  I also painted an Antique Bergere Chair for a client last December.

Meet the Emperor's Silk Wing Back Chair using Annie Sloan™ Chalk Paint.

Wing Chair After being painted with Annie Sloan™ Chalk Paint in Emperor's Silk

I love the pink undertones in the red, not too pinky and not too red.  The color works fabulously with the reds already in the room along with the Chartreuse accent color.

Here are some close ups...

Close up of wing chair after being chalk painted

Wing Chair painted with Emperors Silk Chalk Paint Close up

These pictures were taken before applying a coat of clear wax which will deepen the color and soften the fabric to feel like leather.  I'm still waiting for the upholstery to completely dry before starting that process.

From Burgundy to Red a chalk painted wing chair

It took five coats to get rid of that burgundy color! What was my process?

Supplies for chalk painting upholstery

How To Chalk Paint Upholstery

I've used regular paint brushes in the past but my personal preference for upholstery is using my small Annie Sloan™ paint brush.
  1. Work in sections.
  2. Using a spray bottle dampen (not saturate) the fabric as you work.
  3. Have a pail of lukewarm water at your side.  First dip the tips of your brush into the water.
  4. Then dip the tips of your brush into the paint.
  5. Apply long even strokes moving sideways and up and down for good even coverage.
  6. Continue steps 1-5 until the entire surface has been painted.
  7. Wait at least 12 hours before applying your second coat and consecutive coats.
  8. This chair took me a week to complete because I applied five coats of paint.
  9. Let the upholstery dry completely (it may take a few days).
  10. Using a white lint free cloth or a wax brush (my preference) apply a light coat of clear wax.
  11. Wipe on and wipe off to soften the fabric.  I do not buff as I don't want a sheen.
Wing Chair Makeover using chalk paint

Chalk painted wing chair AFTER

I'm quite pleased with the transformation of our favorite chair!

Chalk painted wing chair and ottoman using Emperors Silk

I hope this has inspired you to attempt painting upholstery.  On Thursday I'll have the reveal of Phase Two of our dining room makeover!

Until then... 
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