Monday, May 30, 2011

Chalk Painting my Lone Star Chairs

Several weeks ago I found these chairs at Restore for $5 each.  
The local Lone Star restaurant was in the process of re-modelling so they graciously donated pretty much everything (chairs, booths, tables, pictures, dishes and more!)  By the time I got to Restore somebody had already bought 30 of these chairs - most likely for another restaurant.   I can't wait to see where they show up.  :)
Anyway, I decided to try out Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and use the pink elephant fabric by Dwell I found on sale at Jo Ann's.  Well, you can see by the can I have already tried it out but that story will come later!

I've heard a lot about this chalk paint and decided to splurge and try it - because it is pricey.   The deal is that you usually don't have to prime or prepare your piece before painting.  These restaurant chairs would be a real test of that!
Just look at the bottom of the seat after I removed it.  Ewww.  You can imagine what the chairs were like.
Seat had tons of staples.  Starting to think I'm too impatient for this!
Yep - not dealing with this greasy stuff... So I pitched that (after using the board as a pattern for the new seat.
I forgot to mention that there is a wooden seat to this chair in addition to the covered seat that sits on top of this.
Loving some elephants here :)
As for the paint, I painted outside on a warm day and this stuff dried fast, very fast.  Too fast for my messy self!   I will be painting my next chalk paint project (Graphite) indoors!  But I do love the feel of it and the Annie Sloan colors.  Really beautiful colors.  For these chairs, one coat was not enough.  I am going to try priming or sanding the other chair to see what happens.  I mean, they did come out of a steakhouse restaurant after all.
Here she is - not quite finished yet.  Still need to add a coat of wax, especially if I decide to give it a distressed look.  I might distress it, might not.  I do think I will add some piping and more stuffing.  And maybe try some iron on vinyl?
Testing this paint again with another project soon  :)

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  1. I have a can of Annie Old White just waiting to be opened...and I think your chair turned out great! I totally love the fabric too. I guess I had better get to work...I'm your newest follower. Have a great week!

  2. Wow, what a makeover. I'm a big fan of Chalk paint. I love how quick and simple it is to use. Did you wax the paint after it dried? I find it gives it a protective layer to stop it from chipping.

  3. That turned out adorable. I have to tell you I did the same thing with a piece I used chalk paint on, I painted it outside. I will not do that again, it dried wayyyyyy too fast. All my other pieces I have done in the house, and they turned out great. Most pieces always need two coats.

  4. I'm LOVING your chair! Great fabric choice! :)

  5. This is AMAZING!!!!! What a transformation!

  6. OMG - this is very sweet - I love the look of the chair with the fabric. Never heard of the chalk paint - interesting...might you have a link on where to get it?

    I just became your newest follower and would love it if you could do the same for me.

    p.s. thanks for the sweet comment.

    embellishments by tina

  7. Super cute. I totally love the elephant fabric.

  8. I think it looks great so far. Piping would be super cute too!

  9. This turned out so cute!! I love the fabric choise. I have heard of the paint. I would love to hear how it turned out after watering it down. Great job!

    Kadie @ Seven Alive

  10. Wow! Love the chair and the elephants are so cute! Love it!

  11. Oh my goodness, this turned out so wonderful! I Love it! Way to go!

  12. I love your chair! The fabric is adorable. I've been seeing so many chair re-do's lately that I'm beginning to think I'll have to tackle one myself (you know, if it ever stops raining here in Oregon). Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. That's such cute fabric! Thanks so much for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!

  14. Oh, I'm so glad you like the ribs recipe! You'll have to let me know how it turns out for you :)
    This chair is just darling. I keep wanting to try the paint, but mostly for my kitchen cabinets. I'm still not sure. Is it a creamy white or a true white? The fabric is too cute, and don't you just love ReStore?? thanks for linking up!

  15. Your chair turned out fantastic! After it's before...FRESH is the word that comes to mind for the new look. :)

    And thanks for the review on chalk paint. I've read so much about it recently, I've been tempted to try it, but the price has put me off.

  16. Wow! What a difference. Good job!
    I want to get some chalk paint. Any ideas on how to convince the hubby that it is better than other paint?

  17. How absolutely darling!!! I just discovered that we have a ReStore and I can't wait to check it out. Hopefully I will find something as great as you did. :-) The fabric you picked is so adorable. Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

  18. Your chair looks amazing! What a change from the "before". And I love the elephant fabric - so light and fun!

  19. that is so cute, maybe i won't throw away my salvaged chairs i'm sick of storing!
    i just don't know what material to use for them. that is adorable though!!

  20. How pretty it turned out!!!


  21. What a pretty chair revival! I've been seeing chalk paint all around & want to try it out. Just need to find something to paint! Visiting & following from Homemaker on a Dime.

    -caroline @ <a href=">c.w.frosting</a>

  22. I'm your newest follower. I saw you at Coast Charm and had to come over and see your chair. It's beautiful!

  23. Mimi, your chair refurb is wonderful, and what a score! I've been wanting to try that chalk paint, and am now feeling super inspired!!

    I'm so, so happy to have had you share your creativity and talent on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17! I hope you'll join the party again tomorrow!


  24. Gret transformation! they turned out wonderful. Love the fabric! Thank you for joining TTF and have a fun weekend!

  25. beautiful transformation! I love the elephant fabric. I've been a lot of chalk paint projects around lately. I'm anxious to try it too.

  26. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    Come strut your stuff.

    Love the ellephant print.

  27. Mimi.. I am over from Amaze Me Monday. I love your chair. I have eyed that fabric forever, what a great way to use it. Adorable!

  28. Thanks for the tip to not use the chalk paint outside. I wouldn't have known otherwise. I haven't ordered any yet, but I plan to soon. Your chair looks adorable. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

  29. Fantastic makeover!!!! Love the new look. :)

    Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party (and for linking back-I appreciate that!). Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon. :)

  30. Thank you for linking up to Bacon Time. For the first party it was a huge success with over 300 links. I am going to have a special give away next week just for linkers. Thanks for adding my party link too!

  31. love the new look so very cute come see me at

  32. Mimi - fabulous transformation on these chairs. They look fantastic. I love the fun fabric too! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Monday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  33. Those chairs were a great find! Love the fabric too.


  34. Wow1 That chair is just too cute. I love it!

  35. love that fabric!!!! the chair is just too cute!

  36. I think it looks perfect! sooo cute. Don't change a thing. I just ordered some of this paint too, and now I am even more excited for it's arrival!


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