Linen & Chalk Paint Vintage Chair Makeover


A few weeks ago, a friend of mine let me know that a family friend was about move and was looking for someone to pick up free items from her storage unit. Ummm, yes please! I was there as fast as my truck would take me.

I brought home quite a haul that day, including this little chair. I was going to pass it up at first, but then I discovered it had a secret. More on that later though…any guesses what she’s hiding?

vintage chair under seat storage before

For this makeover, I chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, a lovely charcoal grey color with a bluish undertone. I’d only previously worked with Graphite on this project, so I was excited to use it for an entire piece this time.

chair legs painted annie sloan graphite chalk paint

As you’ll see in the first photo, the cushioning on the seat was really thin – it was basically a piece of wood covered by batting worn down to about a 1/4 inch. I replaced the batting with some 3/4 inch foam, and covered the seat with some patterned linen I’d purchased from a local shop owner last fall.

Here’s the top of the chair all waxed and buffed. I’ll be sharing next week how I get this gorgeous sheen with Annie Sloan wax, so stay tuned (in the meantime, you can find great waxing tips here).

graphite chalk painted chair wax buffed shiny

Ready for the big reveal?

painted refinished vintage chair dark grey graphite chalk paint upholstered
painted annie sloan graphite chair upholstered charcoal grey

I’m loving the color of the wood peeking out from under the paint.

linen fabric upholstered annie sloan graphite painted chair distressed

And here’s her little secret!

graphite chalk paint chair under seat storage

Recognize that leather? I’ve been saving it since this project 🙂

annie sloan graphite painted chair under seat storage

A storage compartment under the seat to stash all kinds of goodies! Books, toys, in-progress crochet projects…the list goes on and on.

Come to think of it, that would be a great place to hide chocolate from hungry little fingers too, don’t you think? 🙂

Linen Annie Sloan Graphite Chalk Paint Vintage Chair Makeover

{ More of my favorite chairs! }

 Shades of Gray, Pt. 1: The Cast-Off Chair | Anastasia Vintage       French Country Victorian Seat Makeover | Anastasia Vintage

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