Looking for an easy weekend project? This chair makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint and Farmhouse Wares fabric is a really simple, yet gratifying project. The best thing is that you can finish this project in one weekend! Follow along to see what it looks like after the makeover.
Gone are the days when upholstery jobs are left to the professionals. Nowadays, you are one Youtube video or Google search away from learning pretty much anything. I’ve been doing simple upholstery projects for years now and I’ve never looked back. As for painting furniture, I have loved to do that for years and taught myself the basics. Maybe you’ve found chairs at a garage sale, second-hand store, or even an estate sale that need to be updated. With a little paint and fabric, I’m positive you can transform old chairs, even with a little bit of time.
Shopping Tip: When shopping for second-hand wood furniture, always check the condition of the item. Look underneath the item, open it up if it has drawers, or sit in it if it’s a chair. Check for cracks, tears, and broken pieces. This will tell you what repairs are needed.
One of the reasons I like going to garage and estate sales is because you can find cheap furniture and restore it. I want to give you the confidence to do the same. I found a pair of symphony style antique chairs at a local garage sale and knew that I could make them over. Here is one of the chairs before the makeover.
Symphony Antique Chair in Good Condition
Here are the supplies that I used to repair and makeover the chairs.
Farmhouse Feedsack Fabric or fabric of your choice
If all the wood is in tact, then it’s likely that you won’t need to make any repairs. However, in most cases, wood glue and filler is all that’s needed to fix any cracks or broken wood. One of the chairs I was working on needed wood glue and wood filler. Those products take time to dry and have to be sanded down once dry. Then once the surface has been cleaned you can move on to painting, distressing, and adding a sealant like wax.
I enjoy using Annie Sloan Chalk paint on vintage and antique furniture. It covers very well and I love the chalky finish that it leaves behind. In this case, I decided to use the paint color Graphite. It’s a dark smoky gray, that can look black and blue depending on the lighting. My husband says I’m color blind so that’s my “color-blind” take on what the color looks like. I painted the chair with 2 coats of paint and let it dry. Then I lightly distressed the chair in areas that may get wear and tear anyways. Once the dust from distressing is wiped away, you can seal your paint. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Clear Wax coordinates with the chalk paint great.
Next, I updated the chair covers using the Feed Sack Fabric by the Yard, in the Cream with tan stripes color. I used the previous fabric as a template. That’s the quickest way to upholster a simple chair cover like this. You’re able to make a quick cut and know that it will fit perfectly. Then all you have to do is use a staple gun and staple the new fabric onto the seat. In this case, the batting and wood was in good shape so I kept it in place.
Once the wax dries, buff the wood to show off the sheen and seal the piece. You can apply 2 coats of wax if you’d like. In this case, I only used one coat of wax. Here is what it looked like after the paint job and update to the fabric.
I really like the dark distressed chair with the feed sack fabric. It’s classic and not overwhelming. It fits in nicely with the current decor in my home.
I enjoyed being able to spend some time outdoors and makeover this chair. I haven’t painted furniture in a while so it was so nice to get back to it.