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How To Chalk Paint Furniture – 2 Years On!

How to chalk paint furniture – 2 years on!

This is my post on how to chalk paint furniture. If you can’t see the full version and video, click here.

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A couple of years ago I painted a fabric armchair my nanna was planning to throw out. The video has been pretty popular with about 100,000 hits on Youtube so far.

how to chalk paint furniture beforeI had looked into getting it reupholstered, as it was beyond my upholstery skills. I discovered though that it would cost more than the chair did originally!

Painting it was incredibly satisfying. It did take a while as you have to wait for each coat to dry, but it was definitely worth it.

The chair now takes pride of place in my bedroom.how to chalk paint furniture after

Two years later…

One thing you all seem to want to know though is how it’s bearing up after two years of general wear and tear. So, I thought I’d do a little bit of an update for you.

So this is the chair in question. I’ve added a nice colourful cushion I made as well and as you can see it’s in pretty good order.

how to chalk paint furniture bonnieNow bear in mind that my daughter uses this as a playground pretty much every day. She jumps on it, slides on it, scratches the surface. So really, considering all that, it’s done pretty well.

Unsurprisingly, there are a couple of scuff marks. My plan is to just paint over them when the monkey grows up and actually learns how to sit on her bottom.

how to chalk paint furniture scuffsIf I’d reupholstered it in pale grey fabric it would have been severely marked and probably stained and would need redoing already.

Chalky bottom anyone?

One thing everyone asks is does it leave chalk on my bottom? Imagine how precious I’d have to be about people not sitting on it in dark clothes!

The wax I used at the end stopped any chalky excess and also sealed it.

Now this does mean that for some the look is a little too like leather. Actually although it’s not soft like fabric, I still think it looks inviting.

Painting over the cracks

If you have any tears on the fabric before you paint it you’re obviously not going to be able to hide these.

This chair had some damage on one of the arms, I think where my nanna’s cat had nibbled it, and although I’ve obviously painted over that, it is visible. I feel it’s less noticeable than before though.

how to chalk paint furniture originalSo the chair is doing well, meanwhile the creases on my face from dealing with a toddler the past two years… not so much!

What I love about how successful the video has been is that there will be many armchairs out there given a new lease of life, rather than being sent to landfill.

If this has inspired you to do the same, and you want to know how to chalk paint furniture, check out my tips in the original post here.

There are some amusing outtakes you can watch as well!

If you want to have a go at reupholstering something instead – how about a chaise longue?

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3 Comments

  1. Lucy Barnes Lucy Barnes

    Hi there! I’ve just found you through your first video of painting the gorgeous armchair! I’m now subscribed (and have a new gal crash haha)!
    One question I have is does it FEEL like leather or is it still sort of soft? I worry it could be like sitting on crinkly paper??!!
    I’m in Australia and have just resigned from teaching due to total burnout so am looking to start up cycling furniture as a hobby!!
    Thank you kindly, you’re so fab!
    Lucy 🙂

    • Lucy Barnes Lucy Barnes

      *crush!!!! Not crash 😂

    • Lovely to have you on board Lucy! It definitely isn’t like sitting on crinkly paper!!! It’s a bit like leather, but not quite the same – hard to describe. What I would say is I’ve had varying successes and when there’s a deeper pile I wouldn’t paint it now – unless it was to save it from going to landfill. When you start definitely do a tester patch where you won’t see it if you change your mind, but woven, low pile fabrics work the best.

      Best of luck with your new venture, sounds exciting xxx
      PS Crush/crash – I’ll take a compliment wherever I can get one!

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