I covered the black paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint pure white.
Second coat was chalk paint from Walmart ($7.98). The color is Imperial. If you’ve purchased chalk paint before you’ll know what a great deal that is!
I did it very quickly, not worrying about getting a smooth even coat.
Then I took some sandpaper and “distressed” it. Distressing is just sanding off parts where it would have naturally worn off over time. I used 100 sandpaper which is a medium grit. If you don’t like this sloppy look , just make sure that your top coat of paint is even strokes.
The arms are a place that would get a lot of wear over the years, so I sanded there too. Annie Sloan suggests using a coat of paste wax before you distress, but I think it distresses easier if you sand before you wax it.
I sanded the legs and also the rugs and any other place I thought would get natural wear over the years. The idea is to make the areas that you distress not look deliberate, but look like it happened naturally over time. When I was finished I gave it a coat of paste wax.
The final step was to recover the chair seat. Sorry I didn’t think to take any photos of how to do it. Just google it, if you need some instructions. All you need is a staple gun, screwdriver to remove the seat, and fabric to cover it.
Right now the walls in our dining room are a pale yellow. The red chairs are going in there and I have a red chandelier that will replace the white one. I’m thinking of painting the top half of the walls navy blue. If I don’t like it, it’s only paint…
I didn’t mention this to my husband yet. I wonder what he’ll think when he reads this post!
Thanks for stopping by. Got time for a cup of tea? I’ve got my red and white tea set all ready!