Yes I did it — painting a fabric chair with chalk paint. And it looks awesome!
I have a 13 year old SKRUVSTA white chair that was in need of some TLC …
I love how comfortable this chair is and I was not ready to spend money buying the same chair when the frame of my chair was still perfectly intact.
Originally, I planned to slip cover it but it seems too complicated an undertaking.
And then, Chalk Paint came to the rescue!
I love how this paint is so versatile and requires no preparation before painting.
The process of painting fabric with chalk paint
The process couldn’t be simple.
First, I cleaned the chair to remove dirt and oils that could compromise the adherence of paint with soapy warm water and a cloth.
Then, I applied a coat of Behrs Chalk paint with a regular brush.
I choose Summer Porch as the color.
Since I use this chair daily and wanted a durable covering, I decided to give it a second coat after 3 hours of drying. Then, I let it dry overnight.
Next morning, after applying a coat of neutral color wood wax with a rag and buffering with another clean rag, the chair was ready.
This step is optional but I found that waxing the chair, gave a nice smooth and soft touch to the project, besides a very natural low sheen.
Making the cushion
Using the original cushion of the chair as a template, I drew the shape on a piece of fabric. Then, I cut and sew it up as a cover for the cushion.
The entire project was completed in less than 24 hours and cost me under $45.00 Canadian dollars.
I wouldn’t change anything on the process of renovating this chair.
And I’m very pleased with the professional appearance of the finished project. It was cost effective and easy to do. What’s more, I saved a perfectly sturdy chair from the landfill with a water soluble and odorless paint, some elbow grease and remnant fabric.
A true success!
Hope other readers will find this guide on painting fabric with chalk paint helpful.
~ by Rogerio Salomoni, Toronto, Canada