Vintage Chairs Makeover with Chalk Paint

Screen Shot 2013-05-19 at 2.43.40 PMI finally took the plunge and remade my Grandmother’s dining room chairs. I inherited her dining table and 4 chairs years ago from the Grandmother I never met. She passed away when my Mother was young and I never felt right painting her dining set. But they were damaged and faded and they just sat in my garage, which is such a shame since they are such cute chairs. Well, with the discovery of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint gave me the confidence to paint them and give them new life!

I originally came up with the color above by mixing 1/2 a Litre Pot of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence with a sample bottle of the Pure White.  When using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint the woodwork NEEDS NO PRIMING, NO PREPARATION as it will stick to almost everything -old waxed pine, melamine and varnished wood included – so this was right up my alley. We are not fans of Prep work here in the Itsy Belle household (just ask Mr. Itsy Belle!) PLUS the paint a is a simple eco friendly water based paint… you just wash your brushes out in water. Yay for the environment!

Room Makeover. Vintage Chairs Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Mixed with Behr Ultra Pure Whilte Flat Paint.


WELL…. Then I decided I wanted to paint ALL the chairs and showcase them in my daughter’s upcoming  birthday party which has a soft pastel aqua in the color palette..SO, without wanting to fork out another $40 for chalk paint, we decided to experiment a bit. So we poured 1/2 a Litre Pot of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with an equal amount of  Behr Premium Ultra Pure White Flat paint to create this softer color. I was concerned about mixing chalk paint with Latex paint but it turned out great! I love the look! And now you know – you can cut your chalk paint with latex and save yourself a ton of cash! (Don’t all thank me at once).


The seats are temporarily recovered in cream fabric with a lace fabric overlay just for the photo-shoot this weekend.. add a vintage photo filter and they’re perfect! Afterward we will be putting pack the black lace damask print shown above on the darker painted chairs. I think it will be so cute in our kitchen! And I am so glad I can bring my Grandmother’s chairs out of the darkness of the garage. I never got to meet my Grandma so it feels good to have something beautiful of hers in our home. My mom says she was an artist and that is where I got all my artistic genes – so I don’t think Grandma would mind me bringing her chairs back to life with a little creative makeover.


Now I just need to decide if I like the Made over vintage chairs or our original classic black cross back chairs in this room. Help me decide! ~ Let me know what you think in a comment below!

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9 thoughts on “Vintage Chairs Makeover with Chalk Paint”

    1. Christy Bergerson

      Thanks Sue! This has always been one of my favorite colors but I’m always nervous about committing to a color cause I love them all and am constantly changing things!

  1. Definitely the color! We have that’s exact table and I am searching for a deal on some chairs to add color to our room! Love!

    1. Christy Bergerson

      Thanks Shannon! We got the table on clearance “AS-IS’ for $60 at Ikea! Perfect for our kitchen nook! I love the color chairs but I love the classic cross back black too so I think I will keep both and switch them out now and then, lol!

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  4. I am so excited to find you! I googled “mixing Annie Sloan chalk paint with latex paint” and you appeared! THANK YOU for putting this out there! I can now confidently and HAPPILY paint my buffet (which has chateau grey w/dark wax) the light teal color to match my bedroom! I’ll mix it with Annie’s cream — should be PERFECT! Thank you, Christy! BEAUTIFUL CHAIRS — and I agree with you — change them out once in awhile!

    Blessings to you!

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