A few weeks ago I was approached by the lovely Clare from Maybush studio. She had recently started work with a brand called Novasol spray UK, who have recently released a brand new range of paint, Pinty plus Chalk spray paint. Clare had a very exciting opportunity for me, to become a Pinty plus ambassador. Of course I jumped for it, free chalk paint in exchange for blogging about my up cycle? who wouldn’t!
A week or so later, I had decided on my up cycle project and emailed off for my chosen colour (Vintage olive) I was told to expect a 4-5 day delivery, so I was extremely happy to have it delivered in only two. Co-incidentaly the exact same day I went to pick up the piece of furniture that would be being up cycled.
The piece of furniture in question was a chair. I’ve always wanted a queen Anne wingback armchair, they’re beautiful! And as luck would have it Nostalgiques – A local furniture restoration business, owned by the fabulous Nicola- had a beautiful replica for sale for only £30. *Just a heads up, I’m told Nicola has a fair few of these for sale, you can find her Facebook link here if you want to snap one up.*
The fantastic thing about using chalk paint is that prep isn’t needed, the chair was in good condition, having only a few little scuffs and marks, so I was a ready to start pretty much straight away.
First, I moved my chair outside, luckily we had a few days of glorious sunshine last week, so the timing couldn’t have been better. I took off the seat stood staring at it for at least ten minutes. Other than the few scuff marks that would have been easy to clean, the chair was in perfect condition. This was one of those projects that made my stomach flip, there was every chance I could completely ruin a beautiful chair, I very nearly lost my nerve and didn’t do it!
After giving myself a little pep-talk, I grabbed my supplies and prepared to give the chair a new lease of life. I’ve never used chalk paint on fabric before and this was the first time i’ve ever come across a spray chalk paint, so I tweaked the process I had researched. For this up cycle I used a water filled spray bottle, a sponge with a scourer side and of course the spray paint. Thats it.
First, I grabbed the water spray and gave the chair a good spray, It needed to be damp NOT drenched. Apparently this helps the chalk paint soak into the fabric fibres, rather than settling on top of them. This is really important for the feel of the finished chair, it still needs to be comfortable, not a hard- paint coated surface.
I then held my breath and started spraying the chalk paint. I started with the part that the seat cushion would sit on. The plan was to practice the first coat on somewhere that could be covered if I hated it. The key to using chalk paint on fabric is layers, lots of very light layers. To combat the risk of build up, I then used the scourer side of a sponge to give the area I had just sprayed a blend. Just lightly scrubbing, this helped blend the patches and removed any excess paint that hadn’t yet sunk in.
Happy with how it was progressing, I carried on, with both excitement and anticipation bubbling away, I completed the first coat on the whole chair – including the seat cushion.
Drying time varies, but out in the sunshine it was touch dry within about twenty minutes. But the paint had soaked into the fabric, and so I wanted to leave it a little longer. After watching Madagascar and having a short nap with Izzy, the first coat had fully dried, so I gave it all a good scrub, getting rid of any chalky residue. The second coat went on shortly after, So I repeated the process, only this time giving it a much lighter spritz of water. All together I gave the chair four coats of chalk paint.
For all four coats, I used just over three cans of the chalk paint. I use spray paint quite a lot and I really was impressed by how much coverage came from each can.
Once all four coats had been sprayed and dried, it was time for the real hard work. Giving it all a good scrub. Even though I was rubbing in-between each new coat, it still had quite a lot of residue on it, enough so that my fingers would be green after just touching the chair. Of course this isn’t too good for a chair, seen as people will expect to be sitting on it. I scrubbed for a while, getting all that excess chalk out, this did not affect the coverage at all, if anything it really brought the green out and after scrubbing I gave it all a really good hover.
And that was it, it was ready to go back into the lounge!
Its been left the whole weekend to ‘settle’ and after initially having a very small amount of chalkiness remaining, I’ve given it another scrub and hoover, and its now completely fine. No chalk comes off it at all.
I am SO glad I took the risk on this chair, it looks so luxurious and gives a boost of much needed colour against the big white TV unit. At the start of the project, when I was picking colours, it was a choice between Vintage olive and mustard, I definitely chose right – Although i’m super keen to see a mustard version!- The fantastic thing about this chalk paint, is its flexibility, as I said earlier, its doesn’t coat the fibres, it soaks into them, so its still textured, the scrubbing has retained the softness making it a still functional piece of furniture. Using the Pinty plus spray chalk paint was a massive time saver, it took me roughly ten minutes to spray each layer and give a rub down. Much less time than using a standard brush and tinned paint.
Now if you’ll excuse me, i’m off to stare at my beautiful new chair.
*If you want to see what all the fuss is about, you can purchase Pinty plus chalk spray paint on their website – link here– 18 colours to choose from at £11.50 per can, discounts available if you order over 3 cans and standard delivery is free on all UK orders. *
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