The first thing to do was to remove the seat cushion. In this case it was relatively simple. Just a case of undoing five screws underneath the chair.
Before painting it is worth noting that all materials are different. Some will absorb more of the paint than others. Man made materials may not absorb it at all. So before painting the whole thing always try a test patch somewhere inconspicuous first. Make sure you are happy with the results before proceeding any further.
The idea is to soak the paint into the fabric. Therefore the paint needs to be very thin. Simply add water until you get your desired consistency. I mixed mine in a paint tray and used an Annie Sloan n°8 round brush to apply it. This type of brush can hold a lot of paint and definitely makes life a lot easier.
First up was the cushion.
By the way that is not me in the photo. For this particular project I was assisted by Astrid from Annie Sloan France. Below is a picture of the seat drying in the sun.
The next step was the chair itself. Bear in mind that if there is a pattern on the material it may show through. If you not happy with that it is possible to add more coats of paint. This chair had three coats but I think I could have possibly got away with two!
After having applied a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Provence Chalk Paint™ to the fabric the frame was painted in French Linen. After this the whole thing was waxed including the fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint clear wax. Before waxing the fabric it may be necessary to lightly sand the fabric if has dried hard or crispy.This will loosen the fabric and let it have a bit of give. By apply the wax it will protect and seal the paint. It will also give the fabric a leather feel.
Here’s the final finish.
Next time we will look at painting a headboard.
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