Chalk Paint Upcycled Chair

You, my friends, are in for SUCH a treat today! Amy and Vicki are just about the sweetest gals I know and I am so honored and excited to have them sharing this beautiful project here today! Y’all know how much I adore chalk paint and now they’ve got me itching to try out some dark wax on my next project too!!!


Hi everyone!  My name is Amy and I blog at Canary Street Crafts along with my mom, Vicki.  Kristi is one of our favorite blogging friends, and we’re so excited to be guest posting at Making it in the Mountains today!

Vicki and I recently wrote about an Annie Sloan chalk paint class we took, and we wanted to share our first furniture project with you.

Upcycled chair painted in Annie Sloan "Old White" chalk paint.  {Canary Street Crafts}

We wanted to start with something small, and decided on this chair with gorgeous flower detail.

Upcycled chair painted in Annie Sloan "Old White" chalk paint.  {Canary Street Crafts}

It had already been painted white, but it had a brown stain over the white paint that just made it look dirty.  Plus the existing paint was sloppy with lots of drip marks.  We decided we wanted to repaint it a cleaner white and change up the fabric.

We started by sanding down the old paint drips and any rough spots to prep the surface.  For the paint, we chose Annie Sloan “Old White”.  We painted 2 coats, drying and lightly sanding between coats.  We then went over the entire piece with clear wax, and highlighted the flower detail with a bit of dark wax.

Upcycled chair painted in Annie Sloan "Old White" chalk paint.  {Canary Street Crafts}

A couple things I’ve noticed after painting this chair (and a few more projects we’ll be sharing soon).   1. I like to get my brush damp before painting with chalk paint.  I usually run my hand under water then rub the bristles until they’re just slightly damp.  2. I almost always mix a smidge of water into the paint.  I’ve never measured, but I pour about a cup of paint into a separate container and add about a teaspoon or two of water.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is made to be a bit thick and show brush marks, and I just prefer a smoother finish.  Adding a little water helps to achieve that.

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We found the fabric at Hobby Lobby.  We removed the old fabric, added new padding to the seat, then simply stapled the new fabric to the back of the seat, pulling it tight as we went.  We also cut and stapled a piece of batting to cover the entire bottom of the seat.

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This chalk paint upcycled chair will be one of the first items for sale in our new retail space.  We’ve never sold any of our projects before, and we’re excited to see where this new venture takes us. (By the way, when I say “retail space”, I’m referring to a little booth we’re renting in an antique mall.  It’s basically a 3-sided plywood cubicle with a concrete floor.  But doesn’t retail space sound a million times more sophisticated than plywood cubicle?)

Upcycled chair painted with Annie Sloan "Old White" chalk paint.  {Canary Street Crafts}

We would love for you to follow along with us as we learn more about furniture upcycling.  We’ll be sharing everything we learn as we go, in addition to our regular DIY projects and crafts.  You can connect with us on social media here: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest.  You can also sign up on our website to receive our projects by email if you like.

If you’re interested in reading our Annie Sloan chalk paint tips, you can find that here.

11 fantastic Annie Sloan Chalk paint tips.  {Canary Street Crafts}

A huge thank you to Kristi for sharing her space with us and letting us hang out with all of you today!  We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Vicki:Amysig~2

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22 thoughts on “Chalk Paint Upcycled Chair

    1. Thank you! We’re seriously addicted now! We have 3 pieces we’re in the process of painting and several more waiting for paint. We’ve been hitting thrift shops looking for more pieces, and we may have shamelessly picked up a fab coffee table out of someone’s trash the other day :).

  1. This is just gorgeous! I love every part of it! I really need to get on the chalk paint bandwagon because everything I’ve seen it painted on turns out great. I really wish I lived closer to you ladies because I would be snatching up so many of your projects.

  2. You guys did a great job! Everyone makes reupholstering look so easy, Haha, I want to try my hand at it. I love the fabric you choose too.

  3. OMGoodness! Not only did I redo a chair exactly like this one in off white chalk paint at my house, but used the very same fabric for the seat!

  4. Question: Can I use thinned out chalk paint to “tint” the fabric on a chair.?I want the pattern on the fabric to show. The background of the fabric is too light. I’d like a ” tea stained” effect. Can’t find anything on tea staining upholstery. So can I use thinned out, watered down chalk paint?

    1. You know Larry, I’m not actually sure. I would take it for a test run on a different fabric to check it out first. In theory it makes sense, it would be like “white-washing” the fabric. I would also look into dyeing it too. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

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