Reply. The chalk paint really soaks into the fabric very well….and then the wax softens it up (and seals it). I have a well constructed upholstered chair with lovely ornamental carved wood, in good condition, even the fabric upholstery. Or is that crazy? ;) It’s “in the works” just like every other room in my home is, it seems! I wonder if I should try this method of restoration. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is truly an amazing paint. I’ve got the low down for you right here! One suggestion I can offer is this (since I don’t know of another way to seal them besides wax and poly…and I definitely would not do poly) … ‘buff’ the fabric that you painted with an old rag (or even better, a large waxing bristle brush if you have one) Buffing it may help to “seal” it a bit. It’s really hard and I just don’t feel like doing those again. Aren’t they so much better? My pillows are outside but on a covered & screened porch (not in direct sunlight) so I waxed them. I used 7 bottles of … have an upholstered chair that I’m thinking about painting….I just gotta work up the nerve to do it! Nancy. But, sorry guys, that’s all your getting of the screened porch at the moment. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. I would have never guessed you could paint pillows and still have them soft. October 28, 2018 at 7:57 pm. I thought it might leave a residue but evidently not. And yes, they held up great and a chair for non daily use should be fine. Those pillows have held up fantastically actually! Nancy. Yes, I want to try something bigger next go round ;). Thanks so much :) And nope, not at all. Plus,Get My FREE ebook,"Creating Fabulous Finishes"! Hope that helps! AND did you see today that Instagram now has video?! Thanks! ;). All Rights Reserved. I used Dark walnut stain by Mini Wax. oh my stars!!! I would probably not wash them. Mix your paint with fabric medium and water. :). ;). (easily wiped up/off) The first time I heard you could paint fabric was in the Chalk Paint Basics class I took at 3 Oaks Studio.My Chalk Paint® stockist Vicki was telling us how she painted her Toms brand canvas shoes, and even her outdoor pool deck with this paint. I’ve got the low down for you right here! Use a small foam roller to roll paint onto the dampened section. Love Paint? (I since painted 2 upholstered chairs and chair seats in my dining room…all on the blog here) I have found that different fabrics take the paint differently (and hold up differently, as well). Your email address will not be published. Hi Julia :) Yep, you sure can. Nancy. individual seat cushions. xo, Your email address will not be published. Anyway, you said that you bleached your cushions first, what exactly did you do? It really does work well. So whatcha think? Provence a soft turquoise. I did some ceramic tiles I have on a bar top last year and left them unsealed. I’m going to feature on my fb page tonight. I don’t know why no one ever thought about this. Step 3: Painting the cushions. Well, let me tell you that fabric paint works incredibly well! And, I tried the same method on my outdoor cushions; that post is { here }. Hi, You will probably need several coats of paint. So, Chalk Paint will be my choice of paint. I have been contemplating painting it a rich deep turquoise to fit my decor, just hoping ASCP comes in that color! What in the world am I doing there? Plus some random glimpses of daily life too. Or is it the wax that does the trick?? I also have a bunch of posts coming your way over the next month or so. I can’t wait to check out all of your upcoming projects! I love the look of the painted fabric. This set of outdoor furniture we actually picked up at a garage sale last year for $175 (loveseat, coffee table, 2 chairs, 2 ottomans). Fabric medium is what keeps the fabric from stiffening after painting. The chairs have cushions, cushions that I have recovered four times in the last 20 years. Another idea would be to pour a bottle of fabric paint into the DIY chalk paint to see if a little of it would go a long way. Love paint? Worked out so well and is super cute – but totally crunchy for sure. LOL Your pillows turned out great, Nancy!! So I mixed up some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint—-> Duck Egg Blue, mixed with a little Pure White to lighten it up a bit. I don’t like the pillows anyway….and I amthe one who painted lampshadeswith chalk paint, after all. I can’t believe how well they turned out. You don’t want to miss it! What a great idea. The wax is “dry”..or cured, whatever you want to call it. But, it’s in a MOST unfortunate color… a hideous greenish gold (popular in late sixties) which I truly dislike! Thanks Sonya! Hi Kera, Nancy. I had heard of people painting upholstery with chalk paint, so I thought, what the heck? I love my “new” pillows. I have some patio furniture that needs some TLC. They look so good! Most likely much less than one. Thanks so much!! You are so smart to come up with this technique! I have a loveseat I inherited from my parents and it’s in decent condition, but it’s just…. I bought a 1 liter of my desired shade and mixed it with 500 ml of fabric medium, just to be sure. I am too nervous to leave the cushions outside in case it rains now and don’t know if I should take the waxing step or not. Most chalk paint manufacturers suggest that you use the chalk paint on upholstery sparingly, in thin coats because the paint has a tendency to crack if applied too thick and may flake away over time. Oct 2, 2015 - Check out this cheap and easy way to make your outdoor cushions like new! The key to use latex … :) Nancy. I put on an audio book and started painting the patio cushions. Gerri painted a few thinned coats of the color Olive. Do you think painting a whole couch is a good idea? The local ASCP store advised against waxing (? I can’t wait to try it for myself. These look great! Thanks so much. Not my style at all! I can’t believe you can paint pillows! No, the wax doesn’t leave a residue. Just need to find posts that say go for it ;D. Maybe I’ll start with pillows. Just have to find the paint, and then my courage!! I tried making my own with a couple different recipes just to see for myself last year and I wasn’t happy with any of them (compared to Annie Sloan). I must try this but I wondered about the “crispiness” from the paint but you answered my question with the clear wax finish. It just feels sort of like a soft, leathery pillow. Our outdoor furniture is about 5 or 6 years old and it came with … ), Painting Fabric Instead of Replacing It (really!…, Chalk Painted Antique Side Table (easy "antiquing"…, Pros and Cons of Chalk Paint For Furniture (and some…, Plain, Clear Glass Vases To Colorful Home Decor, The 5 Top Ways To Seal Chalk Paint (or Milk Paint! Wow, I can’t believe the coverage – gorgeous! (I don’t think I did anyway! ;) It’s what I reach for first almost every single time I go to paint something now…no matter what I’m painting. Okay I totally love this! YAY! So, when I first started, I mixed three parts water to one part paint. Thanks so much! I have to ask, all this time later, the pillows are still holding up? THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! Love it Nancy! We haven’t carried them in out of the … It looks great. :) But overall, it’s a great way to bring new life to an old piece! Let Dry Completely. I would have never thought to paint fabric. Mine are outside in the snow right now (blowing in through the screens) and are perfect. Well, I should believe it- I painted a garage sale wing chair for my Kindergarten classroom last summer… and added bright buttons over top of the tufted buttons. Hope that helps! You could leave one cushion out and see how it does. But soon, I promise. I’m excited about the new Yellow!! Really. So I looked up painting fabric cushions. I don’t like the pillows anyway….and I am the one who painted lampshades with chalk paint, after all. Brush paint onto cushion making sure it soaks in. No answer. I was surprised about applying the wax. The pillows look great Nancy! Hi Marty! Hmm…. Oh yeah…change that stuff up! I have a patio set I bought from craigslist as well, but like yours, cushions and pillows are kind of nasty! I say go for it, if you don’t love it you can always put the slipcover back on! You just opened up a whole new world for me!!! Just wondering the logic/reasons. Kudos to you! When the fabric is slightly wet, the fibers will absorb the pigment of the paint. >>>, Want to see even more ideas on simple updates with Chalk Paint (that aren’t furniture?? But they turned out so great and I can’t believe how well it covered! Awesome find. I’m a paint enabler so I say go for it! ;) I was thinking as I was talking (dangerous)…and don’t your eyes roll up when you are deep in thought too? Yep, I painted em. AND….I have a chair (indoor) that I recently painted the fabric on (with ASCP). I wouldn’t recommend painting anything that gets daily use (well, the pillows did get quite a bit and are great) like seating. I just love it. The white chair is showing a bit of wear (but that had a silky-ish fabric and I probably wouldn’t paint that type again) I’m 40% in. Hi Caroline! ; ) I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to! It looks lovely, can these cushion covers( chalk painted ) be mqchine washed ? Paint some cushions?? My question is, is the leather still soft to touch after painting … Hope that helps! Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. I've had this set for a few years now so it was time for a fresh coat of stain. Grab your spray bottle that is filled with water and spray a small area of your upholstery piece Then with your paint brush get some of your watered down chalk paint and paint it on. Here are the pillows before I chalk painted them. They just have a very matte finish. YESSS, this is the … Want to see even more ideas on simple updates with Chalk Paint (that aren’t furniture??) I have at least that much or more of what is incomplete still. I will be looking around my area for a place that sells it. I read many tutorials and in most of the cases people used latex paint or chalk paint. Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring post with all of us! I hated the thing anyway and since I’m addicted too I needed my paint-fix haha. Nancy. 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