About a year ago I bought a dining table and four chairs from an Ebay seller for £5.50. I bought the set with the intention of refurbishing it straight away and, about a year later, I got round to covering the chair cushions. Finally, 14 months after that, I’ve finished the second stage of my three part plan and painted them.
This was what all four of my dining chairs looked like when I bought them, all that time ago.
And here’s what they look like now!
I first heard about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint a couple of months ago whilst reading Apartment Apothecary, an interior design blog I love, and since then I’ve discovered that anybody who’s anybody loves Annie Sloan.
Annie Sloan’s paint is well known for being able to paint straight on to any surface – including veneer and laminate – with no preparation, sanding or primer needed. It’s not cheap, but it’s so good and so easy that it’s well worth the price tag.
I took a bit of a risk when choosing the colours for my chairs. I knew I wanted four colours that went well together, but I also wanted them to match the patterns on the seat covers that I chose last year. Because I didn’t have time to go to an Annie Sloan stockists, I searched for online shops and ended up buying the paint through Rigby & Mac, trying to choose colours based on the pictures on their website. I went for Arles (yellow), Aubusson (blue), Scandinavian Pink (pink) plus the ever popular Old White.
When they arrived they seemed to be a pretty accurate match to the pictures on the website, and I was really pleased with how they matched the cushion patterns.
I removed the cushions from the chairs, laid out dust sheets and got to painting.
If you’re thinking of doing this, it’s worth noting that the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is very thick so I watered it down a little bit using jam jars to prevent wasting any paint. For one chair I used just under 100ml of paint.
I left the chairs to dry for a day. It’s quick drying paint and they didn’t need that long, but I needed a rest so this was a project that spanned two days.
Once the chairs had dried, I added a coat of Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax. The wax goes far so only a small amount is needed, and I found the best way to apply it was with a paint brush, then I rubbed it in with a dry cloth.
Again, I left the chairs to dry before adding the cushions again.
Now, two years after buying the original table and chairs, I have the set of chairs I always wanted.
Come back to the blog in a couple of weeks to see what I’ve got planned for the table!
Ps – this also ticks off another thing on my ‘things to do in the year I turn 30’ list!