Chalk Paint Chair DIY

by Rhondi Mullins on August 31, 2015

So I am continuing to add some red to our living and dining rooms. Here is the next addition to the new red color story going on in our house. I bought a pair of these chairs about 15 years ago when we lived in Philadelphia.  They have just been collecting dust in our basement for the last few years.  They used to be black.

chair chalk paint 1

I covered the black paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint pure white.

imageSecond coat was chalk paint from Walmart ($7.98).  The color is Imperial. If you’ve purchased chalk paint before you’ll know what a great deal that is!

chair red chalk paintI did it very quickly, not worrying about getting a smooth even coat.

chaire red chalk paint distressedThen I took some sandpaper and “distressed” it.  Distressing is just sanding off parts where it would have naturally worn off over time. I used 100 sandpaper which is a medium grit. If you don’t like this sloppy look , just make sure that your top coat of paint is even strokes.  

red chair chalk paint 3The arms are a place that would get a lot of wear over the years, so I sanded there too.  Annie Sloan suggests using a coat of paste wax before you distress, but I think it distresses easier if you sand before you wax it.

red chair chalk paint 3

I sanded the legs and also the rugs and any other place I thought would get natural wear over the years.  The idea is to make the areas that you distress not look deliberate, but look like it happened naturally over time.  When I was finished I gave it a coat of paste wax. 

red chair check seatThe final step was to recover the chair seat.  Sorry I didn’t think to take any photos of how to do it.  Just google it, if you need some instructions. All you need is a staple gun, screwdriver to remove the seat, and fabric to cover it.

 dining room yellow walls

Right now the walls in our dining room are a pale yellow. The red chairs are going in there and I have a red chandelier that will replace the white one. I’m thinking of painting the top half of the walls navy blue. If I don’t like it, it’s only paint…  

I didn’t mention this to my husband yet.  I wonder what he’ll think when he reads this post!

Valentine tablescapeThanks for stopping by. Got time for a cup of tea?  I’ve got my red and white tea set all ready!

Rhondi xo

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Kathleen Grace August 31, 2015 at 4:28 pm

What a fun make over! I love the red chairs and the lipstick red checks.


Shelia August 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Looks good, Rhondi. I’ve never used chalk paint and sure didn’t know Walmart sold it! 😉 Sounds so much more reasonable that the Annie Sloan kind.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉


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