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Now that you have a chair picked out to paint we can get into the procedure. It’s really quite simple. Our experience is with furniture paints often referred to as chalk paint, or chalk and mineral paint. There are many different brands out there now of this type, but two good quality brands are Anne Sloan and CeCe Caldwell. We’ve used both of these with success on fabrics.

The first couple of coats are best thinned with a bit of water to make a stain, or wash. You want to encourage the color to go deep into the fabric for the best results and thinning a bit will help. A little experimentation never hurts, but a 2:1 paint to water ratio is a decent starting point.

After your wash coats are applied, you can begin applying full strength paint to the get the coverage and color quality that you’re seeking. Don’t be afraid to use contrasting colors to accent piping, buttons, tufts, and other design elements.

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Laura Locke

Laura works alongside her husband at their furniture painting and repair business, Turning Leaf Crafts in Covington, TN. You can visit their website www.turningleafcrafts.com to learn more and follow along as they blog about their adventures in the world of repurposed furniture.