Wood, laminate, brass, marble, iron….we paint everything! And we never do any priming or sanding prep! That is the beautiful thing about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, the possibilities are endless! Even fabric!
If you remember the pair of chairs we scored from our pick in our previous post, they are vinyl shop chairs.
Before we used Annie Sloan Paint products, this chair would look like a huge upholstery project! Now it looks like a couple of hours of painting and then done!
First thing, we cleaned up the steel and vinyl with soap and water to get off surface dirt. That’s all the prep that is needed before painting!
- another BEFORE view….
I like the metal the way it was, so just needed to figure out which paint color….how about our current favorite, Country Grey! Our first piece we finished in this color was a two toned buffet with Country Grey and Old White and after that it was love!
Country Grey Buffet with Old White Accents. Photo taken at the September Vintage Marketplace at the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market.
Back to the chairs….so we took off the top and bottom vinyl pieces (I need to get better about taking in progress pictures…but I just get so excited that I forget and keep painting!) and painted them all Country Grey. We wanted to add a little pop of pattern and we have this great distressed diamond pattern stencil. To keep it monochromatic, we chose French Linen for the diamonds. I LOVE the end result!
We didn’t want to cover the entire seat with the stencil, so we just did the sides inside the piped edges. It keeps it simple but gives it a nice little pop of detail.
Vinyl is painted in “Country Grey” and diamond pattern is stenciled in “French Linen”
- I purposely didn’t let the paint soak into all of the vinyl because I love the worn look.
No that we have painted vinyl and we’ve done a small leather stool in the past, I want to tackle an upholstered fabric chair! I’ve seen it done before but have been skeptical. I recently came across the before and after pictures below and was so impressed with the transformation:
- After being painted!
They said “You obviously can’t tell from this picture, but the fabric had the feel and texture of fine aged leather. The cushion was still soft to the touch and comfortable to sit on. The paint didn’t leave any residue on your clothes either – and we tested it with someone that was wearing black pants! The way it was cracked and weathered looking yet soft, reminded us of an old bomber jacket…”
I CANNOT wait to try this….