How fun is this painted chair!? I am obsessed with rustic colors and this painted chair is no exception. I gave you all a sneak Peak on Instagram a few days ago (#LRS)..so here is the FINAL beauty! So much fun, right!?
Do you have a chair or piece of furniture you want to revamp…well get it out and get ready to go as I walk you through this super easy tutorial! You can use whatever colors of paint you want. I wanted a layered rustic look but it is shabby chic too. Aqua and red..yes please!
So how did I do it you ask? I used chalk paint, OF COURSE! I don’t think there is an easier way to paint furniture than with chalk paint. It requires little to no sanding or prep…and anything that saves my arms from sanding gets an A+ in my book!
This is the first time I have done this paint technique, so you get to see first hand my thoughts on the process. Each time I was done with a color I was so in LOVE with it that it was hard to keep going, but I just knew this chair was going to be special someway or another lol.
Chair or any furniture piece
(The chalk paint I used is made by a local lady. I found the closest colors on amazon. The aqua would be the Egyptian blue. The red is Tuscan Red from Folk Art. Or you could use the Venetian Red from Renaissance, same link for the aqua paint.)
First sand your piece just a bit if there is anything dirty on it that needs removed. The great thing about chalk paint is that it adheres to EVERYTHING so there is really no sanding needed at all. But this was a yard sale find and there was come grime on it that needed removed because it was spilled food or something on it…YUCK!
PRO TIP: Do not use any kind of cleaner on a piece before you paint. It will leave an oily residue and can mess with the compound of paint. Use vinegar and water and then let it dry completely before painting.
Grab your chip brush and blue chalk paint and paint a thin layer on, you can even dilute it with distilled water to make it a little thinner. Don’t worry if its streaky, because that is the look you are going for!
Another bonus about this chalk paint, is that it drys very quickly!! AHHH I just love this stuff!! See how pretty it is! You could honestly stop here if you wanted a blue chair and it would be AMAZING by itself. I almost did but I had the finished project in mind so I just had to keep going to see how it would turn out.
After my blue dried I grabbed the chip brush and did a light very streaky second coat in the red chalk paint. This is a really fun coat because you can go thick in spots, thin in others, and go in any direction you want and it will still turn out beautiful. OMG I am loving this!
After the red dried I decided I wanted something more on it, some sort of stencil but it took me a few hrs to decide on what to stencil on it. I grabbed every stencil I had at my store and about gave up until I decided that I was going with a french word. It just seemed fitting with the colors and style of it. I picked “Amour” which means Love in French, well because I don’t know if you noticed or not but I have said I love this so many times already that it was the perfect match for it.
There is the chalk paint and one of my chip brushes. I use these brushes on a daily basis at the shop.
Almost done…next we are going to give it a stain when the red drys. I wanted the colors to be a bit deeper so I went with a dark walnut stain. Grab a rag and wipe the stain on and rub it as much as you can. I worked in sections and rubbed on and rubbed off.
You can stop once the stain drys or keep going and sand the edges and some random sections to pull the blue out and give it more of a rustic chipped paint look. Either way it is super beautiful and fun. I am not even sure the photos do this chair justice.
So here it is, the end result of my new lovely chair.
I bet you cant stop staring at it either wishing it was now on your porch!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out this amazing chair tutorial. If you have any questions at all please feel free to leave them in the comments, I love hearing from you and will do anything I can to help you achieve this same look on your next project!
Have a wonderfully beautiful Tuesday!!