HER DIY: Fabulous Fabric Makeover

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Jill Bednar, owner of Southbank Gift Company, transforms a fabric bench with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Don’t buy new! Just re-do, and tell your own story.

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Spritz fabric section with water to saturate so the paint brushes on smoothly. (Working in sections will assure your fabric doesn’t have time to dry before you paint.)

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Choose your Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan color, put it in a small container or glass, and dilute with water using approximately a 50/50 ratio (Our project color choice was Old White). Coat the dampened fabric with the diluted paint/water combination. One coat is fine. This coat is meant to establish a good base coat to build on – not to cover.  Let this coat dry for 24 hours.


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When completely dry, the fabric will feel hard and “crunchy.” This will make your consequent coats easy to build upon.  Now, start painting 2nd coat of your Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan full strength and not diluted. Let each coat dry in between
applications. Apply as many coats as necessary to cover the color/pattern of your old upholstery.


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When satisfied with the coverage and when the paint is completely dry, lightly sand with the “fine” Annie Sloan Sanding Pad or 320/400 grit sanding paper.  This will make your painted upholstery surface feel smoother and silkier.


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Apply a light, thin coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax. Wipe away any excess. Buff with a clean cloth to get a smooth dry shine.


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You may further embellish your piece by:

Tape off a stripe pattern and paint in using an Annie Sloan Stencil Brush and Chalk Paint®. (We used Aubusson Blue.)

Let dry.

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Remove the tape.

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Apply the Clear Wax over the striped area.

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We also chose to refresh the legs of our piece with a simple coat of Black Chalk Paint® Wax and buffed to a soft shine.

Project by Jill Bednar | photography by Bennett Smith Photography

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