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Chalk Painting a Vintage Chair

February 28, 2018



In the end, the decision was to paint the chair using a chalk paint.  (I wouldn't recommend this if the chair is of unique or historical value, in which case, leave the original finish alone.) I had run across chalk paint made by Annie Sloane while visiting a vintage furniture store in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard last summer.  I decided to try the chalk paint by Rustoleum, and selected "Aged Gray".  The result (after 2 coats max) is a very matte finish that, when waxed and buffed, has a very low sheen, but feels smoother to the touch.  I also decided to use a metallic decorative paint to paint the small rosettes carved on the ladders, top edges and front legs.  It's best to use a variety of small brushes -- a small angled flat brush for the chalk paint and a smaller round brush for the decorative painting.  For waxing, use a clean rag and gloves and only apply a thin coating of a clear wax.  Let it dry and then buff gently with another soft, clean cloth (I used a clean discarded piece of fabric that used to be my husband's sweat shirt!).  The chair is totally transformed now and makes me think:  Gustavian Swedish!

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