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Painted Upholstery Featuring Annie Sloan® Unfolded

Transform Your Furniture

Reupholstering furniture can be costly, but there are alternatives. This project uses Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to give an old upholstered chair an updated look. The colors on the chair’s upholstery are a custom mixture of Primer Red, Florence, and Old White. Those same paint colors were mixed to create a lighter version for the wooden part of the chair.

Materials and Tools Needed

  • Upholstered Chair with a piled fabric
  • Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan
  • Water
  • Annie Sloan Large Pure Bristle Brush (for painting fabric)
  • Annie Sloan Medium Pure Bristle Brush (for painting the wood)
  • Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax
  • Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax
  • Brush and/or lint-free cloth to apply wax
  • Fine grit sand paper

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Steps
  1. Dilute the paint with water so that it is thin enough to be absorbed into the fabric. If the paint is hard and crusty when it dries, then it is too thick and needs more water.
  2. Use your brush to apply the paint to the fabric in a circular, scrubbing motion.
  3. Let the first coat of paint dry.
  4. Apply a second coat of paint to fabric if needed.
  5. Paint the wood of the chair using Chalk Paint®.
  6. Use a brush or lint-free cloth to apply a thin, even coat of Clear Soft Wax to the woodwork. Tip: When you apply the wax, “push” it into your Chalk Paint®. Remove excess wax with a clean cloth.
  7. Lightly sand the edges of the woodwork with a fine grit sand paper to allow parts of the wood to show through.
  8. Use a brush or cloth to apply a very small amount of Dark Soft Wax over the Clear Wax if you desire a worn, patina look. Remove excess wax with a cloth.


New Orleans, LA

504 305 5531

Annie Sloan is one of the world's most respected experts in the field of decorative painting. Buy Chalk Paint® decorative paint, waxes, fabrics, brushes, books and more.

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