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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Remove the tape.
Apply the Clear Wax over the striped area.
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.