Confession: I’m a little bit of a chair hoarder. If I see a vintage chair at a flea market and it’s under $20 I usually end up coming home with it. The reason is because accent chairs are SO easy to salvage with minimal cost and effort, and also a good way to change up a corner in a room without going to too much trouble. Besides, who couldn’t use more stylish seating right?
I got this bergere chair for $15 at my local flea market and thought it would be the perfect vessel for the magic of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. There are a few reasons I like using Chalk Paint®. Firstly, it goes on beautifully and dries quickly with minimal brush strokes. Secondly, you can easily change the finish and look with Chalk Paint® Waxes. And finally, cleanup is a breeze! Soapy water is all you need for any spills and to clean brushes. For all of these reasons I highly recommend trying this method if you’re new to furniture painting.
For this project I wanted something whimsical with gentle color so went with the color Antoinette, which is a soft pink-lilac.
I gave the chair a good wipe down with soapy water and then just used a regular, old paint brush to cover the chair with two coats of paint.
See how lovely and even it dries?
Next I applied a coat of Chalk Paint® Wax to seal and add a nice finish the paint. I wanted to bring out the carvings and details in this piece so I used White Chalk Paint® Wax.
I used a Wax Brush to apply a coat of wax to the entire painted surface.Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies to bring out the details.
Then use a soft cloth to remove any excess wax and buff out the finish.
Did you know you can paint fabric with Chalk Paint® as well? I thought about painting the seat with Pure White, but changed my mind and went with a luxe faux fur instead. Quick tip: If you want to easily or temporarily change the upholstery on a chair like this, just use a throw and tuck it into the sides for a quick cover.
I’m in love!
This project was sponsored by UNFOLDED but all opinions and ideas are my own. Promise.