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Chair Makeover With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Tuesday, March 14, 2023


Happy Tuesday Morning, My Lovelies!  About two weeks or so ago I painted a chair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I would've posted about it sooner, but I caught a nasty bug that put me to bed for several days.  I'm so thankful that I'm finally feeling better!  :D

The chair I painted is my kitchen desk chair.  I enjoy planning meals, blogging, and going down Pinterest rabbit holes at my desk.  The problem I had with my Windsor chair is that the finish had worn completely off in several areas as you can see below.

The way that the sunshine is hitting the chair highlights the wear on the chair:
notice the raw wood on the seat.

I had planned to paint my chair for quite a long time, but I couldn't decide on a color.  About a month ago I was looking at my new issue of The English Home Magazine, and I saw a photo of a pretty console table, and I thought it was painted the prettiest shade of blue.  The caption said that it was painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Aubusson Blue.  It might have been waxed in a darker wax, but I decided to wax my chair in the clear wax.

The inspiration photo

While I wasn't really looking for a chair cushion, I saw this cushion on sale on the MacKenzie-Childs website.  It also has a matching throw pillow.

I like how they match my chair, and there's just enough pink to match our cabinetry and island.
I think I might have photographed the pillow upside down.  What do you think? 

I am very pleased with the results.  I painted a Bloomsbury Set Keepsake Box, Charleston, by Annie Sloan before tackling this chair project.  You may read about it HERE.   I also learned a few things about working with chalk paint:

  • If I want to paint something and not have the brushstrokes show, I will definitely dilute the paint a lot and paint several coats.  NOTE:  Annie Sloan reached out to me on Instagram.  She is so lovely!  She said not to do this unless the paint is left out for a period of time.  This did happen to me while painting the chair because I had a couple of needy people who distracted me from the task at hand.  I do recommend diluting the paint if you forget and leave the paint sitting for a few hours.
  • When I painted the box, I liked having the "charcoal" color to darken colors and the "original" color for lightening.  Keep this in mind if you like a color but would prefer a lighter or darker value.
  • These colors mix easily, and I could easily mix my own custom shades.
  • The paints need quite a bit of shaking/stirring/mixing before use.
  • The oil based clear wax bothered my asthma.  But everything bothers my asthma!  I worked outside while waxing the chair, and it helped.  
  • The paint is super easy to work with, and if I ever want to transform furniture, I will use it again.  I'm thinking about painting and decoupaging a chest of drawers next.
  • Annie Sloan's wax brush is worth the investment if you plan on waxing your projects.  I highly recommend it.

At my local Ace Hardware Store, I found this helpful Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint Workbook.  It has sections for different styles of country decor, and there are folders in it to hold paint swatches, fabric, magazine pages, or other items you might need while planning projects and rooms.

Come back Friday for a review of Remarkably Bright Creatures.  It's the best book I've read so far this year.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Your chair turned out so pretty RJ! Love the color and the MKC cushion and pillow are perfect! I love that pattern and I bet the chair is much more comfortable too! Great transformation!

  2. I love that color and the chair pillow and pad are perfect with that color. WOW! I hope you feel much better now. I'm off to look for this book at my library!

  3. That is a wow makeover!! The chair color is gorgeous and the pad and pillow are the perfect accents. You have pink cabinetry? How did I miss that...I'd love to peek, it sounds lovely. Also, I hope you're feeling better!!

  4. Love it! I have used that color, too. I think your pillow is the right way. If you look at the blue flower its head is 'haning down'. Have a wonderful St. Pat's Day! xo Diana

  5. That chair is beautifully transformed! I love the color and the cushion/pillow you bought are just perfect for it!

  6. Hi, OH MY GOODNESS, that chair is beautiful. LOVE IT!!!
    Happy Spring!!

  7. I love the color you chose for your chair and the pillows look lovely. A perfect match! Glad you are feeling better............
    Happy spring......


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