Well I finished my second chalk paint project, and I loved the paint just as much this time as I did with my first project. You can read about how I made my own chalk paint (since I can’t afford the actual Annie Sloan chalk paint!) and my chalk painting process here.
I bought this chair at a resale store for $12. It’s a little more than I generally like to spend on a simple chair, but I loved the style of the chair and I just couldn’t pass it up.
First, I unscrewed the seat from underneath and then lightly sanded the chair with a fine sandpaper.
After a coat of primer, I applied one coat of gray chalk paint.
Then after a coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax I painted it a cream color that coordinates with my chevron fabric for the seat.
After the paint was completely dry, I distressed the chair. I focused on areas that would normally get distressed with wear like the legs, the corners on the edge of the seat, the top of the chair, etc.
Once the chair was done, I had to recover the seat. I decided to keep the existing fabric and batting on the chair since it was in decent shape. It’s a fairly flat seat, but it’s really a more decorative chair so I didn’t feel like it needed to have lots of padding anyway.
I cut out a square of my fabric leaving 3 or 4 inches on every side. Then I made sure the chevron was straight by looking at the top of it while holding the fabric in place. Once I was sure it was straight, I stapled the fabric on the back of the straight edge of the seat in the center.
Then I pulled the fabric tight and put one staple in the center of the opposite side of the seat.
I stapled the other two sides in the center. Then I added staples on all 4 sides starting from the center staple and working my way toward the corners, pulling the fabric tight as I went (and constantly turning it over to make sure it was straight!)
Once I had stapled everything but the corners, I cut off the excess fabric on the corners to make it easier to work with.
On the two front corners I created about 4 pleats to go around the corner. I tried the “wrapping a present” method, but on such a flat seat I just didn’t like the look. The pleats created the smoothest effect on the top of the seat.
Once I had the pleats arranged in a way I was happy with, I pulled it tight and added several staples to hold it in place.
The back corners were a bit of a challenge since they’re such a gradual curve, but I used the same pleating technique, just with more pleats.
I was just using a manual heavy duty staple gun with short staples, but I definitely can see why a pneumatic one would be helpful. My hands were so tired after just a few staples! Once I finished stapling the fabric, I glued black felt to the bottom of the seat to cover up the rough edges of the fabric and the plywood. I know most people won’t see the bottom of the chair, but since I’m going to be selling this chair whoever buys it will see it when they put the chair in their car, and I hate it when a piece of furniture looks unfinished. Then I screwed the seat back onto the chair.
Can I just say that I love how the distressing turned out on this chair? Yes, love.
I also spray painted the little brackets under the front of the seat oil-rubbed bronze. Before they were a tarnished bronze/brass color…but not a cute tarnished.
Here’s the before again just as a reminder…
I’m hoping that eventually I’ll get over wanting to keep every piece for myself, but it turned out so cute. How could I not want it for me? Luckily, though, it’s already out of my house so I guess I won’t be keeping it.