Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

Inspired by my successful first experience using chalk paint … with the makeover of a terracotta garden pot (see here). I decided I was ready to progress to a piece of furniture. My next victim project is the makeover of a pine kitchen chair using chalk paint.

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

Here is a before photo. As you can see, it’s a rather sweet pine kitchen chair that was handed down to me from my good friend Jenni. The fondly named Jenni’s Chair has survived a couple of culls before moving house. As well as being used as a make-shift step ladder when painting. I think she deserves better … time this old girl had a makeover!

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

I like the turned legs and spindle back. Not a fan of the orange colour!

One of the selling points of chalk paint is the lack of prep required. But old habits die hard and if I’m truly honest with myself, I just can’t believe you don’t need to sand before you paint! So I gave the chair a quick sand with medium grade sandpaper and a wipe down with sugar soap and water.

However, I did skip the undercoat and went straight to painting … baby steps! I decided to try two-colour distressing technique. Using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, I started with a base coat of Old White and finished with 2 coats of Provence.

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

Quick Tip … start by painting a chair upside-down, that way you’ll be sure to get every nook and cranny.

I then used some very fine sandpaper to distress. I started softly at first to show the white paint. Then applied some more pressure to cut through to the wood. The key to distressing is to sand the edges, corners and beveled areas. Think about what areas or edges would naturally get knocked and worn over time … and sand there.

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

I have always used a polyurethane as a protective finish on my furniture. However, looking around it appears a lot of people use wax as a finish with chalk paint … and very successfully! As a little girl, I remember my parents waxing antique furniture to sell in their shop (with beeswax if I remember correctly). So the idea of using wax on furniture is nothing new … here I go!

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

I used a brush to apply the wax and then wiped off the excess with an old white t-shirt. I worked on small sections at a time … as recommended. After a couple of days, I buffed the chair with cheese cloth to create a shine.

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

There appears to be two schools of thought on distressing chalk paint … before applying wax or after.  I distressed before applying the wax and was pleased with the results.

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint

Wow … what a difference a splash of colour makes! I popped Jenni’s Chair in the spare room and she looks fabulous. I’m pleased with the amount of distressing, which is probably more than I’ve done previously. Feeling even more confident using chalk paint, I’m now ready to turn my attention to the chest-of-drawers in our bedroom, I may even try some dark wax this time … stay tuned!

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair uisng Chalk Paint

Any tips for using wax … especially dark wax?

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22 responses

  1. What a great makeover. I love your color choice.I’m just beginning to use chalk paint on some small pieces, working my way up to a chest of drawers, too. Visiting from Something to Talk About.


  2. What an amazing transformation! I love the colors. I have never used wax, so no tips there. I have become addicted to the Soft Touch Varnish by American Decor, I tried it, because it was available locally at my craft store, and fell in love. It dries soft to the touch, hence the name, but it s durable finish. I used it on the dining chairs I painted with chalk paint, and they still look wonderful.. We would love for you to share with us at Party in Your PJs, our weekly link party


    • Thank you, it’s a great colour! I’ll pop over and check out your party … thanks for thinking of me! Thanks for stopping by and for the tip on Soft Touch Vanish. Not sure if anything similar here in Australia but will keep my eye out 🙂


  3. So I really know nothing about using wax or chalk paint, but I’ve been seeing it everywhere. Can you feel a waxy residue on the chair? It turned out great! Thanks for linking up at Found & Foraged =)


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