June 2017 Magazines - Page 76

3. Remove the tape from the chair. Using your spray bottle and water, mist the fabric in sections. This helps the paint adhere and soak in easier, as well as helps the brush to glide along the service easier. 4. Using a swirling motion, brush a layer of chalk paint onto the fabric until the entire surface is covered. Unlike acrylic paint, chalk paint soaks in and dyes the fabric. 5. Let the paint fully dry (at least 6 hours). Re-spray with water before applying a second coat. Allow to dry, repeat misting process and add a third coat if desired. 6. Once completely dry, use a fine grit sanding block to smooth the surface. Sanding the surface soft- ens the painted fabric consider- ably. If you are painting leather or vinyl, you don’t need to sand. 7. Wipe away any dust created from sanding. 8. Using paste furniture wax and a soft cloth, apply a very thin layer of wax to both the painted fabric and wood of the chair. The wax will soften the fabric over time and add a velvety luster to the wood, while pro- tecting both surfaces from daily wear. You’ll need to 76 Sit in Style Feel free to embellish your chair with furniture tacks, rhinestones or colorful stripes or polka dots using a complimentary color of chalk paint. If you’re a visual learner, check out a number of YouTube videos designed to give inspiration. A few good ones include the “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint–Rachel Pereira, Shades of reapply wax to the wood at least one or two times a Blue Interiors” feed, or “Amanda Peppard’s Suite Pieces, Painting Fabric with Chalk Paint”. Then grab a year to maintain its appearance. brush and get to painting; you’ll love the results! ◆ June/July 2017