I have been looking high and low for 2 chairs to fix up for our entryway since we moved into our home a little over a year and a half ago. I was hoping for something large enough to fit the proportions of our tall entryway ceiling, chairs that had great bones, and of course a low price. When I found the chairs on an app called Close 5 App for an awesome deal, I couldn’t wait to get them home and fixed up! The great thing about this app is that you can buy or sell locally from the comfort of your home, and search specifically for what you are looking for. Once you find the item you like, you place an offer and wait for the offer to be accepted. In my specific case, I was able to ask the seller to reduce her asking price and she obliged! I set up a pick up time and the rest is history! I highly recommend Close 5 App to anyone who loves to buy or sell locally, it is now one of my favorite places to buy furniture that needs a makeover.
When I got the chairs home, I could see that they had been painted before. I really liked the finish on the wood trim, but wanted to give the chairs a brighter, more classic look that fit my personal home decor.
A quick trip to the store for a few supplies and I was all set. I got a quart of Sherwin Williams latex flat paint in the color Quagmire to paint the upholstered parts of the chairs, a canvas drop cloth, a Wooster 2 in. angled paintbrush, 2 bottles of textile medium to mix into the latex paint, a spray bottle full of water, and I found a small paintbrush I already had to use for detailed areas and touch ups.
Before getting started I made sure to prep my work space. I laid a drop cloth underneath the first chair and mixed up my paint and fabric medium. The reason its a good idea to use a fabric medium mixed into your latex paint, is to prevent cracking and peeling. The fabric medium works with the paint to bond to the upholstery and create a much softer surface to sit on. You want to mix 2 parts paint with 1 part water. I was not exact with this step. After mixing up the paint and setting out all of my supplies, I took my spray bottle full of water and covered the upholstered areas with a light mist of water. You do not need to drench the fabric, just dampening the fabric will help the paint absorb into the thick fibers. Next, I started painting. The key to a smooth even finish is several thin coats of paint.
I let each coat of paint dry for about an hour before applying another thin layer. I used about 2-3 coats of paint to thoroughly cover the original fabric color. In hindsight, I would definitely recommend painting the wood trim first and taping it off with painters tape after it dries before painting the upholstery.
For the next step, I used a line of chalk paint created by a sweet friend of my sister. Ashley, co-owner of Southern Honey Texas, has created a line of chalk paint that is absolutely stunning! Southern Honey Chalked Finish Paints not only have a beautiful line of colors, but are a dream to work with as well.
With this chalk paint, there is no need to sand or prime before you paint. You simply paint a coat or two right onto the surface you are wanting to transform, (waiting for each coat to dry in-between) and finish with a wax or varnish if you choose. I haven’t decided how I will finish the chairs off, but for now I am loving the look of the Southern Honey Chalked Finish color I choose in “Blanche,” which is a lovely crisp bright cream color. After I finished painting, I let the chairs dry for a few days before letting anyone sit on them, just to be safe.
Here is a close up of the fabric after the paint dries.
Here is a close up of the chalk paint after its dry.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with how the chairs turned out. The fabric feels a lot like a thick outdoor material, and we sit on them and use them quite often since I finished this project. There is something so rewarding about changing the look of furniture and saving money in the process.
My hope is to inspire, lend a helpful hand in your home decor decisions, and bring glory to God in all that I do. As always, thank you for taking the time to read along. And a special thank you to Close 5 App for sponsoring this post. -Tiffany
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