If you’ve ever seen pictures of the rooms in my house, you’ll see I love painted furniture. White painted furniture to be exact. So when I inherited some dining room chairs from my parents, I knew I wanted to find a way to paint them.
I’ve used chalk paint on several items around my house already. Including my wine rack which Dad and I painted together for an episode of Today’s Homeowner.
Since both of those pieces have held up really well, I was ready to put my homemade chalk paint to work again.
But first we had to prep the chairs. And by “we”, I mean my mom and I! So glad I was able to guilt her into helping me with this project 🙂 She really is the cutest!
We started by removing the seat cushions and setting them aside for their makeover later. Then we got out the sander. Here we used BLACK+DECKER’s new Mouse sander* since we had a lot of tight spaces to sand. Plus the sandpaper has a perforated diamond-shaped tip, so we could replace just the part of the paper we used the most.
Since you just need to remove the sheen to give the paint a better surface to adhere to, you can use anywhere from 120-240 grit sandpaper for this job. Our sander came with 120 and 240. So that worked out well!
*This post was sponsored by BLACK+DECKER. However, all opinions are honest and 100% my own. I only work with brands I use and trust.
If you are wanting to re-stain, you’d need a more aggressive grit (80-100) to sand it down to bare wood. This guide to choosing sandpaper can help if you need sandpaper for another project around your house.
With everything sanded the way we wanted, we wiped any remaining dust with a rag and then we were ready to mix our chalk paint! The beauty of this “recipe” is that you can use any color you want!
Measure out 5 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris* in a disposable container. Then add 3 Tablespoons of tap water and mix until all of the lumps are gone. Pour in 2 cups, or half of a quart container, of latex paint in the color of your choice and mix again. Then you’re ready to go!
Obviously you can adjust the recipe if you want to make more or less paint at a time. But I’ve found that it keeps well for several months in a Tupperware container if you want to save the leftovers for touchups or future projects.
We painted 2 thick coats to get the coverage we needed. With the added plaster, it dries fast and hard. So you’re able to start on the second coat as soon as you’re done with the first!
After the second coat was on, we switched gears to the cushion. I picked up a canvas drop cloth with plastic-backing. I figured if something was to spill on the new coverings, it wouldn’t be able to leak through and soak into the foam beneath. Hopefully preventing any liquids, like Sharon’s Chardonnay, from souring and stinking up the chairs!
The 5×5 drop cloth was perfect for the 4 cushions we had. We used a basic stapler and 1/4 inch staples to attach to the plywood underbelly of the seats. It’s nice to have a partner to pull the fabric tight as you work the stapler around the seat. But it can be done solo too!
Once the drop cloth was stapled in place, I added an extra layer of protection with a spray fabric protector. That should further help resist any spills that may ruin our handiwork.
Using the original screws, we reinstalled the cushions to the chairs. Then it was time to toast with a little Strawberry Bliss!
Comment below to let me know if you’ve used homemade chalk paint in your house. I’ve seen some people use unsanded grout instead of Plaster of Paris. Anyone used it and had any luck? Please share!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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