Did you know that you can paint upholstery with Chalk Paint®? We’ll show you how easy it is to upcycle an old upholstered chair without reupholstering! All you need is a fresh coat of paint! We share the easy process and even add some custom stenciling detailing in this DIY tutorial using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and stencils from Royal Design Studio.
Grab a chair and check out the video tutorial AND step by step instructions below:
Stencil & Painting Supplies:
- Corsini Damask Stencil and Delicate Border Classic Stencil
- Versailles and Old Violet Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
- Annie Sloan Soft Wax
- Good natural bristle brush
- Stencil brush
- Wax brush
- 400 grit sandpaper
- Spray bottle with water
Step 1: Use a spray bottle filled with water to lightly mist allover the upholstery.
Step 2: Dilute the Versailles Chalk Paint® approximately 20:1 with water.
Step 3: Paint a thin coat of the diluted Chalk Paint® on the entire upholstery with a good bristle brush. Let dry.
Step 4: Paint a second thing coat of the diluted Chalk Paint® on the entire upholstery. Let dry. Paint a third coat if desired or necessary.
Step 5: Paint the trim of the chair with Old Violet Chalk Paint®.
Step 6: Use painter’s tape to tape off the seam of the upholstery.
Step 7: Paint a coat of Old Violet Chalk Paint® that is diluted 20:1 with water onto the back of the chair. Let dry.
Step 8: Place and tape our Corsini Damask Stencil onto the back of the chair. Stencil it with undiluted Versailles Chalk Paint® and a stencil brush.
Step 9: Place and tape our Delicate Border Stencil onto the lower back of the chair. Stencil it with undiluted Versailles Chalk Paint® and a stencil brush.
Step 10: Lightly sand over the painted upholstery with 400 grit sandpaper. Wipe down with a clean cloth.
Step 11: Apply a thin layer of Annie Sloan Soft Wax onto the entire chair with a wax brush. Wipe off excess wax with cheesecloth in a firm circular motion. Let the chair dry and set for several days.
We also used two different contrasting Chalk Paint® colors on another upholstered chair to show you how versatile stenciling can be! With stencils, you can make your painted furniture look exactly the way to you want it to, with your favorite colors and favorite stencil patterns. You can truly create a one of a kind piece using stencils and thrift store furniture… Now that’s a bargain!
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