Monday

My First Experience with Chalk Paint - Chippendale Chair


The time finally arrived.  After witnessing so many transformations around blog land, my time came. I couldn't hold it any longer, I had to give it a try!

Maybe it was my sister-in-law's fault.  She was the one who needed paint to transform some pieces of furniture.  She was the one who invited me to go paint shopping.  Ha,  I couldn't get out of that store without something in my hands!

At the time I was thinking of painting a pair of kitchen stools that are in need of a new coat of paint, but no, my eyes went instead toward these girls:  My Chippendale chairs,  of course, I have lots of those! 12 to be exact.   Why? you might ask.  Well let me tell you a story.

As soon as we started our family we wanted to fill our future house with good quality furniture.  I went to many stores trying to find the perfect dining room set, and after many trips I finally found it! Beautiful Chippendale chairs that cried out loud to me: "high end"  :)  We bought six chairs but no table, NO.  Just the chairs got all our budget!  We had to wait to buy the table.

By the way, these are NOT those "high end" chairs we bought at that time.


Time passed, we moved into our new house and still no table!  That's when we discovered Craiglist, there, I found a similar table to the one I kept on dreaming about, but it was waaaay cheaper than the one at the store, and that wasn't all!  It came with SIX Chippendale chairs and a rug. What a deal, we got the whole package.

These are those CL Chippendale chairs.


They are a bit bulkier than the first ones I bought, but in general they are OK.  Lately I've been thinking about selling them, we don't need that many chairs.  But heck, they became the perfect project after having ASCP on my hands!
One of them had a damaged arm, that was one more reason to paint them.


First, it had to be fixed.  That nail was pulled out, both sides were sanded, and after applying glue, a couple of new nails were driven to hold the arm in place.  The gaps and nail holes were then filled with caulking



The other end of the arm received a similar fix.  Lots of glue, some nails and clamps was all needed to make it strong once again.



So, the painting began. No sanding or prepping, that is really nice!



After one coat, this is how it looked.  For my liking, it was not ready, it needed another coat!


That's when I began thinking I should've bought more paint, a SAMPLE might not be enough!  Well, remember I wanted to paint two simple stools not two chairs with so many details!  As usual, my project got bigger than what I first thought.

This was the remaining after applying one coat to one chair.
ASCP - Paris Grey

That chair got a second coat, and the other chair its first coat of paint.   Only one sample (4fl Ounces /118 ml), covered a lot!

Here you can see the difference from one to two coats.



But, unfortunately, it was NOT enough for both chairs!  After three coats (two coats on one chair and one coat on the other), the remaining paint was very thick.  I added a tablespoon of water, mixing it very well.  Adding the water almost allowed me to give the second chair the final coat, but no.  All the back on that chair was left with only one coat. :(  I need to buy some more.



It looks like I didn't waste a bit!  :D



Then the distressing part arrived.   Using regular sand paper (280 grid), I did a light sanding, nothing too heavy.



They were all ready for the wax.  These chairs have so much detail that it would've been hard to do it without using the proper brush.  It is so good to work with the proper tools!

Very thin amounts of wax were applied in uniform coats.



You can see the difference from a simply painted to a painted and waxed surface.



After the wax dried, both chairs were buffed with a regular cotton cloth and oh boy, I'm happy with the results!


A new cover for those cushions and my not so "high end" chairs got in the spotlight!


Now the question is... Should I sell them?


I like those distressed edges.



Perhaps I'm going to enjoy them for a while.



Besides, I still need to finish the back on one of these and paint four more!

If you're thinking about transforming a piece of furniture with chalk paint here are some great posts from blogging friends that have done this not once, but several times.

Kim at Savvy Southern Style,  this post was about her Kitchen Cabinets Tutorial,  but that's just one of the many transformations she has tackled around her home, you will be amazed.


I also love the paint transformations and tutorials from Yvonne at Stone Gable.  Creating a Color Wash Effect is one of my favorite tutorials from her.



One very well documented first experience with Annie Sloan is from Jenna at Sas Interiors.  A really good starting point.



I'm definitely happy with the experience, my next project is already on a waiting list.  What's your next project?  Are you still waiting to give it a try?

How to recover a chair seat ---> right HERE
Dining room makeover  --->right HERE



Enjoy what you read today? Enter your email address below to subscribe to Remodelando la Casa:


Delivered by FeedBurner

72 comments :

  1. I love the way your chairs turned out. I've been wanting to try chalk paint, but just haven't found the right project yet. I bought a similar "high end" dining table and chairs when we moved into this house. I bought furniture to last us forever not realizing my taste would change. I kept hoping it would bite the dust for the last five years or so, lol.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful painted chairs and I like the fabric you've chosen as well.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I absolutely love the transformation and think you should enjoy them for a while. You can always sell them later. You did a great job!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful job! Love the paint color and adore the fabric your chose for the seats. Isn't chalk paint amazing? Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, Patti

    ReplyDelete
  5. Cristina para ser tu primera experiencia te ha quedado perfecta. Me encanto el cambio ,, además el tapiz que elegiste me encanta como queda combinado con la alfombra

    ReplyDelete
  6. Beautiful job on the chairs. Love the color and fabric and thanks for the shout out. Watch out you will be hooked!

    ReplyDelete
  7. These chairs turned out to be gorgeous in your expert hands Cristina! love them! I think you'd have a very hard time parting with them. I think you should keep them and enjoy until you find the chippendales you've been looking for. :-) Finished my craft room already and will be posting end of the week!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Beautiful! And I love the fabric you chose!

    -andi

    ReplyDelete
  9. You should keep them they are wonderful and the colors of the fabric is so so beautiful...love the tut, I must give it a try..

    ReplyDelete
  10. Uh-oh...there should be a warning on the label that chalk painting is highly addictive!! Lol! These turned out fantastic and I love the fabric you chose. Simply stunning:)

    XO,
    Christy
    Confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Lovely first chalk paint project! Yes, I'm thinking you'd better hold onto those chairs for awhile; they're too pretty to let go of :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great paint job, down to the very last drop of paint from the jar :)) As a painting aficionado myself, good for you to skip the "before" prepping, since chalk paint is very sticky and thick - and it won't chip away. By the way, the floral-stripe mix from the rug and the chair upholstery is to die for!

    ReplyDelete
  13. The chairs are so pretty to begin with, and you did such a good job, they are now gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beautiful! The chairs look amazing! I love to paint with chalk paint, it really does go pretty far! Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  15. How lovely! I've never used chalk paint before but now I might have to give it a try. I really like how the chairs turned out. I think you should keep them for sure! But if you do sell them, I'm sure you could make a nice profit :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Stunning!! I love the fabric you chose for them too. I have not tried chalk or milk paint before. It's on my to do list for sure. Thanks for sharing your experience. I think you should keep them...but I know they'd go quickly if you decided to sell them.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ohhh I love them! Great job! I have not tried ASCP yet, maybe soon? These are beautiful, I think you should enjoy them! You totally deserve it, and I love the distressed edges too!!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Your chairs turned out beautiful! I too have just started using ASCP and absolutely love it!!! ~~Angela

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wow, those chairs are absolutely stunning and I do like them mahogany, but they also look amazing in their painted state. Beautiful. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    ReplyDelete
  20. Just had to come back now that I can comment. You've done an amazing job! Your chairs turned out beautifully and the fabric choice...just perfect!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  21. wow, so impressed, you did a really great job for your first time! super looking chairs, and a wonderful fabric choice as well.

    Blessings, Nellie

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow! Gorgeous ;) You should totally keep them!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

    ReplyDelete
  23. What a transformation Cristina! It looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I'd keep them for a while and enjoy your handy work. Great looking chairs. Susan @ throughmyporchwindow.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Cristina, que belleza de Sillas!!!! han quedado hermosas, con esa pátina se destaca mucho el trabajo que tienen en su madera. Y el tapizado del asiento, en género celeste/blanco, es precioso :)
    Victoria

    ReplyDelete
  26. You did a great job- they look fabulous and the fabric really gives it the final touch!

    ReplyDelete
  27. The chairs look extremely high-end, Cristina! They look beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Absolutely stunning! You did a fantastic job. I have never used the 'real stuff' but am quite a fan of DIY chalk paint. Those chairs were perfect for aging with all the decorative detail they have. Thanks for sharing,
    Krista @thehappyhousie

    ReplyDelete
  29. They are beyond gorgeous, how could you ever part with them?

    ReplyDelete
  30. They're gorgeous, I have yet to chalk paint anything but I am itching to :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. These are amazing!! I just bought a buffet today to try the chalk paint with. I really can't wait now that I have seen your project. Don't sell them!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Cristina, te ha quedado estupenda! Qué cambio más impresionante! Besos desde Catalunya.

    ReplyDelete
  33. wow, beautiful!!! I've never worked with wax before... your final project is lovely and its too bad you didn't have enough paint :o) I've been there before!! {ha!} I've got a great cutting edge stencil giveaway going... I think you could use $50 in free stencils :o)
    www.nap-timecreations.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hi, Your chairs are beautiful and I love the fabric. Great job...Connie

    ReplyDelete
  35. Cristina-Those look fabulous! I love not only the paint job but the fabric, too. What a find if AND they came with the table you wanted. LOVE this project. Are you going to paint all 6 of the chairs? xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
  36. What a beautiful new fresh look you gave your chairs. That fabric is perfect. I just love the outcome. Hope you enjoy them until you sell them. Nice work.
    Liz

    ReplyDelete
  37. visiting from feathered nest friday. i love this.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I am so close to doing this too! I have the same type of chairs! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial! Where did you get your ASCP?

    ReplyDelete
  39. These turned out beautifully!! Great job! Stopping by from the weekend wrap-up party! Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I've been wondering about chalk paint. Do you think it will be durable over time?

    ReplyDelete
  41. These turned out beautiful! For chairs with so much detail, I'm sure you saved so much time not having to sand. I have yet to use the chalk paint,still want to, but I can see the difference with the wax. Thanks for sharing your experiences :)

    ReplyDelete
  42. Gorgeous! Love the fabric, too! Found you through Funky Junk Interiors Party Junk 183...

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C
    http://designsbystudioc.com

    ReplyDelete
  43. The chairs look great with the chalk paint. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Beautifully done, Cristina! ASCP is THE best, isn't it? And so much to use!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

    ReplyDelete
  45. Love these! I especially love the fabric you chose to recover them!

    ReplyDelete
  46. This post was SO helpful! I just bought my first can of ASCP but was putting off my project because I wasn't confident in how to do it. A lot of the tutorials out there are from experienced chalk painters so they skip over the details, figuring everyone knows what to do already. Your post answered all of my beginner questions AND those chairs look amazing!!! I popped over from Give Me the Goods Monday--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

    ReplyDelete
  47. I would definitely keep those chairs. I might have to break down and get some ASCP. It is so expensive in Canada.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I can't believe this is your first project with chalk paint! Your chairs are gorgeous! Great job! Distressing is just enough. The fabric is perfect. So pretty!

    Peace,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

    ReplyDelete
  49. Wow fantastic!! You are a genius. What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Is that a shower curtain on those chairs? :) I only ask because I have the same shower curtain but in green/blue/brown. What a great idea to use it as a chair cover!!!

    Brie - Breezy Pink Daisies

    ReplyDelete
  51. Oh Cristina you did a GREAT job on those chairs - beautiful! The distressing is fantastic!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  52. Thanks so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Hope you link up again this Monday ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

    ReplyDelete
  53. Your chairs look so elegant. I'm sure it would cost a fortune to buy anything so beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Popping over from the "Pin Me" party! These turned out GREAT. I am still waiting to try chalk paint. I think I'm ready! And I LOVE the fabric you chose too. Pinning!
    Hope you can post them over at my "Best Of The Weekend" party tomorrow. :)
    xoxo, Claire

    ReplyDelete
  55. I haven't tried chalk paint yet, but your chairs make me want to! They turned out amazing. Visiting from the Pin Me Link Party.

    ReplyDelete
  56. Your chairs turned out beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Love, love, love! Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  58. I think you should get rid of those chairs! Um, by the way, how much do you wnt for me to take them off your hands?, ONLY KIDDING! Well, I'm not kidding about wanting to take them off your hands! I'm crazy about them! I'm curious to know how sturdy the paint is against scuffing and scratching. Does the wax give pretty good protection?

    ReplyDelete
  59. i would love to feature your project , it turned out beautiful, please let me know if this would be ok
    lauren

    ReplyDelete
  60. Amazing blogs you have guys!! Keeps the ball rolling…..
    best credit repair services

    ReplyDelete
  61. I’m soooo happy through your blog posts, and waiting for the upcoming posts.

    adt review

    ReplyDelete
  62. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from. Philips Norelco 1250X/42 Review

    ReplyDelete
  63. This blog is very informative the stuff you provide I really enjoyed reading. hotels medina

    ReplyDelete
  64. I knew this blog post was existed someplace. Thanks to post such articles. Will unquestionably be using it very soon. best panasonic electric shavers

    ReplyDelete
  65. lexington law reviews
    I really enjoy reading and also appreciate your work.

    ReplyDelete
  66. phone lookup service
    This is a great post; it was very edifying. I look ahead in reading more of your work.

    ReplyDelete
  67. Modern times when internet has so much facility of gossip and stuff, your articles have awfully refreshed me.
    blind date

    ReplyDelete
  68. I am very overwhelmed with your blog. The quality of the content really makes it an actual winner! Best Electric Shaver

    ReplyDelete
  69. I am greatly thankful to you for this exciting blog; I am cheerful because of your smart working really. florida family insurance

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, they truly make my day!