I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I found some amazing chairs that I LOVED, but they were WAY out of my price range. I said goodbye to them and soon found some awesome chairs with great potential. I decided to buy those chairs and do the same chalk paint idea on those chairs as I saw on the super expensive chairs.
Washing was the easiest and the hardest step. It was easy because it was just a little bit of dish soap and a lot of elbow grease. There were a few spots I had to really dig into to get some of the grime off. I bought these second hand, so I was for sure going to clean them off. But, cleaning them off gives it a blank canvas to paint on and because it is chalk paint you don’t have to hand it to get any other finishes off which was nice! This step was the hardest for me. I am so used to painting on canvas or painting on something else that going thin was a challenge, but it does give the best result. Give it a thin coat even if you can see some of the wood showing through. For what I was going to I wanted it to look a little roughed up so I knew if I didn’t get it completely covered it would be covered up by the second coat and would give it the distressed look I wanted. I did the chairs in sets of three. I did each first coat then went back and did the second coat. The paint dries very quickly so I didn’t have to worry about letting it sit.
This part was new for me, I had never used wax before. I did very thin coats around the whole thing with an old t-shirt. I focused mainly on the seat and on the tops of the chairs, basically where they would get the most action. I did one thin coat everywhere and then did a second coat on the high traffic areas. Once we got the hang of it this step went by pretty quickly.
Chalk paint is so much easier than I thought and it gives it a rustic yet modern theme to furniture. Here is a picture of the before and after of the chairs. They were some basic wooden chairs that were created into a more stylish look. I love how the chairs are different from each other but have the same features. I can’t wait to see how they look in Jeremy and I’s apartment!