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Mid-Century Chair Makeover

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While quality design can last several lifetimes, it can still benefit from a bit of work every 50 years or so. Paint and colour expert Annie Sloan gave these four beautiful mid-century modern chairs a new lease on life with her Chalk Paint.

The legs and frames were painted in Graphite; the seats were reupholstered in Sloan’s Gentlemen fabric and then painted with Aubusson Blue, Olive, Primer Red and English Yellow. The upholstery had sunk with age and was looking dull and shabby so Sloan stripped it back. The wood on the back of the chair was polished with a Danish oil to give it back its lustre. She then painted the legs using a small flat brush with strokes in one direction to achieve a smooth finish.

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The existing seat pad was in relatively good condition so it was reused, topped with a new piece of polyester wadding and fire-retardant calico. The seat pad was covered with the chosen fabric and stapled in place. Using masking tape, Sloan marked off the area she wanted to paint. She then made a dye using Chalk Paint mixed with water (approximately 10 parts water to one part paint) in a small container. She applied it to the seat using a small flat brush, working the dye into the fabric. Once dry, Sloan recommends heat sealing the paint dye either using a hairdryer or an iron – this will lock the dye into the fabric, which will feel just as soft as before, not crunchy with paint. 

Article supplied by Annie Sloan. For stockists, visit anniesloan.com.

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