I found this french vintage armchair in a local treasure store. That’s what I call them. They have treasures right?! I never planned on buying anything when I went in. Just killing some time. Hook and bait I swear it! The armchair I spotted in the corner had a yellow tape (CAUTION was all I saw) strung across it. If curiosity killed the cat, I was pending D E A T H. Yep, I bought it.
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Vintage Armchair Makeover
Turns out that I wasn’t the only curious kitty in town. Meet Linda, my spoiled rotten kitten! I really thought that if I left the yellow (CAUTION) tape in place that no one would sit on it. It was pretty dirty and needed a lot of work. Well as you can see that didn’t stop her because Linda does what Linda wants. Cattitude!
Let The Vintage Armchair Makeover Begin!
After cutting the yellow ribbon, I swear I heard the theme from Rocky. Flying high now! I can get pretty excited about starting new projects and have been known to bust a move or two. When no one’s looking, of course.
Gathering Supplies For The Vintage Armchair Makeover
Here are the products you’ll need for this makeover. Purchase Dixie Belle Products by CLICKING HERE!
- Vintage Chair
- White Lightning (cleaner)
- Spray Bottle (White Lightning Mix)
- Paper Towels
- Flamingo (chalk mineral paint)
- Caviar (chalk mineral paint)
- Fluff (chalk mineral paint)
- Paintbrush (Dixie Belle) OS
- Premium Chip Brush (Dixie Belle)
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- White Wax (Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax)
- Dixie Dirt (Ash)
Prepping The Vintage Armchair For Painting
Obviously, the upholstery had to be removed from the vintage armchair with all of 999,000 staples. I swear! Well, guess what? I left about 1,000 in there. Needle nose pliers and a paint scrapper probably wasn’t the best tools to use. Hey, I don’t do upholstery work often so I use what I got. Here are the proper tools for the job.
Cleaning The wood Before Painting
After removing the upholstery fabric and exposing the wood, I started the makeover with cleaning the wood first. I used a mixture of water and White Lighting (cleaner) and wipe over the wood surface several times to make sure I removed all the dirt and leftover time. It was really dirty! Afterward, I wiped down the wood on the vintage armchair with clear water and a soft cloth. This was done to remove any residual cleaner that was left on the surface. This is an important step that should not be missed. Any cleaner left on the surface could cause the paint to not adhere properly.
Adding Color To The Vintage Armchair
I painted the wood parts of the chair with two coats of Flamingo chalk mineral paint and highlighted with Fluff using the blending technique. Changing plans in midstream isn’t unusual for a furniture painter and that’s just what I did. After blending and highlighting, I decided to just go with a solid coat of Flamingo, so I painted over it.
Layering Colors For Character
I layered the Caviar (rich black) chalk mineral paint over the Flamingo with a dry brush technique and allowed it to dry. With a 220 grit sandpaper, I sanded it back just enough to allow the Flamingo to show through and wiped all the leftover dust away with a soft cloth so that the Dixie Dirt wouldn’t come in contact with the fabric.
Wax and Dixie Dirt
Here is where the magic happened! I added White Wax with a premium chip brush and it immediately changed the black caviar to a soft gray and softened the Flamingo to more of a pink. That’s what I’m talking about.
Let’s Get Dirty With Dixie Dirt!
The Dixie Dirt was applied with a soft brush over the white wax while it was still wet and then allowed to dry over the next few days. A soft cloth was used after the wax was dried to remove the excess dirt so it would not later rub off on the fabric. I really liked the look of the wax with the dirt. It gives it that French European look.
And that pillow! You can purchase one like it by CLICKING HERE!
I’m really pleased how well this turned out and the bold striped fabric I chose is my favorite part of this whole makeover. BOLD STRIPES on furniture are really hot right now. But do they ever really go out of style? I don’t think so. I sure appreciate you stopping by and I hope this french makeover inspires you to seek out those vintage armchairs and bring them back to life. Like this chair makeover? I have more! CLICK HERE to see how I actually painted the fabric on a SOFA.
Until the next project… xo, Do