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Mid-Century Modern Chairs

by Annie Sloan

All these mid-century modern chairs needed was created with just a little paint and fabric to totally transform them.

Mid-Century modern dining chairs covered with fabric painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Annie found these chairs languishing in an attic before transforming them completely with a little love, paint, and fabric.

First, removed the seat pads from the chair frame and the old shabby velvet was stripped and replaced with a monochrome natural fabric. You could use Linen Union in Old White + French Linen from Annie’s fabric ranges for a similar look.

Mid-Century modern dining chairs covered with fabric painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan steps 1 and 2

To dye the fabric, Annie used masking tape to mark out the area she wanted to paint. She then diluted her paint with water to achieve a loose consistency (roughly one part paint to ten parts water). She used a Small Flat Brush to apply the paint and made sure to work it into the fabric as she applied it.

Mid-Century modern dining chairs covered with fabric painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan steps 3 and 4

For the chair frames Annie used Chalk Paint® in Graphite, lightly sanding between coats for a smooth modern finish, and sealed them with Clear Wax. She kept the back panels in their original grain, polished with some Danish oil to bring out their natural lustre.

From left to right, Annie used Aubusson Blue, Olive, Primer Red and English Yellow on the fabric seat pads.

Mid-Century modern dining chairs covered with fabric painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
Mid-Century modern dining chairs covered with fabric painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
Mid-Century modern dining chairs covered with fabric painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
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Mid-Century modern dining chairs covered with fabric painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
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