Well, with the deconstruction over and the chair repaired, its time to start putting it back together. Step one of putting it back together was to refinish the exposed wood areas. Given the state of both the legs and the upper frame, I figured that re-staining was not the best option. Plus, I wanted to carry the gray of the marble table in the living room to other areas in the room. So painting seemed like the best option. And Chalk Paint fit the bill for a lot of reasons.
First, you don’t have to prep the surface with sanding and removing any previous coats of stain, wax or paint. You do have to slightly sand any chipping paint or ridges in the wood if you want a smooth finish. Depending on the look you are going for, the coverage is so awesome that for most projects one coat is enough. Though for my chair, I needed two. The paint is super thick so it actually filled in the nicks and scratches on my chairs. And to preserve it all you do is rub on a wax coat. So the process itself is unbelievably easy and pretty much a no brainer.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey – 1 quart
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paloma – sample size
Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear – small size
Chalk Paint Brush
Wax Brush (there is actually a special brush for this)
Here is How I Did It:
1. First, I prepped my chair by using the steel wool to sand down the rough areas of my chair. It does not take off huge amounts but it does smooth it out. The chalk paint does the rest. I wiped down the legs and upper frame to get off any dust.
2. I mixed the Paloma in to the Paris Grey to get a warmer feel to the grey paint. On its own, the Paris Grey felt too cool and I was looking for a light but warm grey color. Two ounces mixed in to the quart worked perfectly. And it was pretty cool using the paint syringe.
3. Next, I used a chalk paint appropriate brush and simply painted the wood. I first worked the paint in to the finer detail areas of the legs and then painted the first coat. As you can see in the photo I needed a second coat, especially in the detail areas. After allowing it to dry, I added a second coat to make sure all the nicks and scratches were covered. I was really impressed with how well it did.
4. After 24 hours of drying, I covered the painted areas with the wax. I did have to use a specialty brush that was a little pricy but since I enjoyed the look and plan on doing a similar finish on other projects in the living room, I figured it was worth the cost. I felt a little like a kid with sidewalk chalk as you basically brut force the wax on to the wood surface. You want to make sure that you cover it full. As the wax dries, the chair becomes more and more protected. It takes about 30 days for the paint to fully cure and basically becomes solid.
Since its going to take me way longer than 30 days to put my little chair back together (remember I’m taking a class, not working on this on my own), by the time I am finished reupholstering the chair, it should be completely ready for use. I am so looking forward to seeing it done!