Fans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® unite! There is a way to paint fabric. We picked up the instructions for you and can’t wait to test them out ourselves but in the meantime, give it a go! (Let us know about your experience and send a jpeg and we will run it here.)
PAINTING UPHOLSTERY AND DYEING FABRIC WITH CHALK PAINT® DECORATIVE PAINT by Anne Sloan
For complete furniture makeovers: use Chalk Paint® to paint wood, upholstery and dye fabric
Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan has gained huge popularity for its ease of use, its no-prep formula (no sanding or priming needed) quick application and fast drying abilities. In her latest book, ‘Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More’, paint legend Annie Sloan (www.anniesloan.com) gives home decor fans even more ways in which to use her unique paint: for painting upholstery and dyeing fabric.
“Chalk Paint® provides users with endless possibilities—as people are just discovering—it’s not just for painting furniture. In my latest book, ‘Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More’, I show how painting upholstery with Chalk Paint® is a brilliant way to rescue a chair with old fashioned or stained fabric that you don’t want to reupholster. It’s also a fast way to change the furniture’s color scheme. And it’s so easy.”
For the best results, Annie recommends the following steps, preferably on a natural fiber fabric such as cotton or linen:
- Spray the fabric with a water bottle to dampen the fabric first, but make sure you don’t get it overly wet.
- Thin your chosen Chalk Paint® color with a small amount of water to make sure it goes on easily and keep water on hand to re-dip your brush as needed. The paint needs to absorb into the fabric on the chair seat or chair back, without going all the way through to the upholstery padding underneath.
- Use a scrubbing motion with the paintbrush as you apply to spread the paint around.
- Then let the paint dry thoroughly in a warm, dry place.
Chalk Paint® can also be applied in this way to any type of fabric, including leather, but natural fibers have better absorption properties. Fabric with a texture or raised pattern can take on an exciting new look.
Leave the fabric untreated, or wax and buff to create a leather look. Either way, the results are transformative, easy, and the new color won’t rub off.
Annie Sloan recently demonstrated the technique on Hallmark’s ‘Home & Family’ TV show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a5znW4VJDU
Dyeing fabric with Chalk Paint® is simple and cheap, as it takes only a very small amount of paint to create impressive results. In ‘Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More’ Annie explains how fortunate she was to be given a ‘huge pile of gorgeous linen’ by her elderly French neighbor. Dyeing the fabric emphasized its texture.
The intensity of the final color depends on the ratio of paint to water, the paint shade, and the fabric type—with natural fabrics working best. For cotton or linen sheets you will need:
Chalk Paint®—deep pigmented colors work best, e.g. Aubusson Blue, Scandinavian Pink, Antibes, etc.
- Large (galvanized) metal tub
- Stick for stirring
- Optional rubber gloves
Pour a quantity of paint into tub, mix in 20 parts water to one part paint, but adjust according to the final color desired. Mix thoroughly and soak the fabric for approximately 30 minutes, turning occasionally for even coverage. Rinse and drain well of any excess water. Hang outside to drip dry or use your dryer. Then use fabric to make drapes, blinds, or anything you wish.
Chalk Paint® is Made in the USA, comes in one quart cans only, priced at $38.95 per quart can (regional price variations apply) from 300+ nationwide hand-picked stockists for Chalk Paint® and other Annie Sloan products. To find the nearest retailer: http://www.anniesloan.com/acatalog/North_American_Stockists.
About Annie Sloan
Annie has written more than 20 books on traditional paints, colors and techniques with sales of 2 million+ worldwide, printed in eleven languages. Annie’s latest book is ‘Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More’, published by Cico Books. It follows up from the highly successful ‘Creating the French Look’ and ‘Quick & Easy Paint Transformations’.
Annie lives and works in Oxford with her husband David who runs the business with her. Born in Australia to a Scottish father and a Fijian mother, Annie went to England to live in England when she was 10. With spells in Southern Africa and connections to France and the USA, Annie feels she has world roots. Annie has three sons and has lived in Oxford, England, for the last twenty-five years.
Annie Sloan Interiors, 33 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HP t: 01865 247 296