Painted Upholstered Chair

See how this painted upholstered chair turned out!

I recently painted an upholstered chair I found at a consignment shop.  Before the redo, the chair looked like it belonged on the set of the Huxtables – circa 1988.  Now, thanks to Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, it has a cool vintage {French?} vibe! Painted Upholstered Chair using Chalk Paint For this particular project, I used:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Paint – Everlasting
  • Americana Decor Chalk Paint – Vintage
  • Americana Decor Creme Wax – clear
  • Americana Decor Cream Wax – Deep Brown
  • Chip Brush
  • Americana Decor Round Waxing Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Lint-free cloth

(These products can all be found at Home Depot.)


Here’s a close-up of the fabric before I painted it:


The fabric was in good shape, but it was dingy and outdated.  So, I tackled the fabric first – with paint!


I watered down the paint: 1 part water to 1 part paint.  Then, I stirred the paint and water and started painting the fabric.  I let the first coat dry and applied the second coat.  Once the second coat dried (and I painted the rest of the chair), I applied 2 coats of clear wax to the fabric.


Next, I started painting the actual chair.  It’s basically the same process as painting the fabric, but you don’t water down the paint.


  1. I painted 2-3 coats of paint on the entire chair – letting each coat dry before applying the next coat.
  2. Then, I waxed the entire chair with clear wax.  (I also added some dark wax to the chair, but I’ll get to that later.)
  3. Next, you buff the wax after it has dried with a light, lint-free cloth.
  4. Finally, you can sand if you prefer the more vintage look.


I used dark wax because I wanted a really vintage look.  If you use dark wax, you must apply clear wax first.  It provides a base for the dark wax, and it’s much easier to wipe away the dark wax with a clear coat underneath.  As you can see in the picture above:

  1. Clear wax
  2. Dark wax
  3. After buffing away some of the dark wax


I used a cheap chip brush for painting, and Americana’s wax brush for waxing.  Seriously, this brush (as seen in the pic above) is awesome!


And, there you have it!  I am loving my “new” chair and found the Americana Chalky Finish Paints to be easy to use.  I also have to mention that they are low odor – I painted (and waxed!) inside my home. ChalkyPaintChair17

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