Four tips to consider when painting an armchair with chalk paint

Four tips to consider when painting an armchair with chalk paint


Posted 14th January

If you're planning to upcycle your armchair, why not see what you can do with some chalk paint, instead of reupholstering it?

1. First, check your chair is suitable for painting (velvet and thick woven fabrics are a lot trickier). Then give it a good clean with a vacuum, getting into all the nooks and crannies and wipe off any dust.

2. Use masking tape to cover the legs and any other parts you want protected from the paint. Then spray water onto the fabric of your chair until it’s damp but not soaked – this helps the first coat of paint to sink in.

3. To keep the fabric soft, dilute the paint and add multiple coats (three cups of paint to two cups of water is a good estimate). Use a brush to apply, then take a rag or sponge and rub the painted surface to help the paint soak in. 

4. Let the first coat dry, then sand with extra fine sandpaper to help keep the fabric soft. Apply a second coat, let it dry and sand again. Repeat until you’re happy with the finish – it could take up to four coats.

Feature and styling by Laurie Davidson / photos by Jamie Mason






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