I have finished all the chair painting and totally completed two "barrel chairs." The other chairs still need cushions replaced with new fabric before I photo them, so maybe next week?? Anyway, these two chairs were found while dumpster diving. They were not literally IN the dumpster, but they were beside it. A local motel was replacing a bunch of their stuff and set a slew of furniture out by their dumpster for free picking. I took these two chairs and a desk I will show you a bit later on (it's in the process of being repainted, also.)
The first two photos show the chair with only some sanding done and a test patch of paint that is primer and paint all in one. Love this stuff! If you don't need to block a stain on your wood, feel confident that Behr's Primer and Paint works fantastically well for this! This is semi-gloss, of course.
The next photo shows a coat of paint on the wood and how I had to use tape to block off the fabric. I think it took longer to tape it than to paint it with one coat. This paint is a soft, pale grey. Hard to tell it's not white unless you put it next to a real white. Two coats gave total coverage.
Final photos show the finished project. I painted the fabric (I had to tape off the wood this time.) This fabric was stiff and very textured, so the paint made it even stiffer and rather scratchy, but I sanded the finished paint (two coats) before putting on the wax coating that will help soften and protect it. I didn't get any sheen because the texture was so rough, but I still think the wax is necessary with "chalk paint," which is the type I used for the fabric. I'm not going to share all the details of the technique here because they are available dozens of places online. Nothing difficult here, but the taping was time consuming. The color on the cushions is Deco Art's Chalk Paint "Retro Vintage," which is a soft grey/blue/green. Very similar to Annie Sloan's "Duck Egg." I can't afford A.S. paint and there is no retailer for it locally.
So, with that project finished, and only the fabric to staple on to four chair cushions, a desk I've almost finished painting and a bench seat that is also painted and needs to be reassembled....whew!.....I'm making great progress. I still have a lot to do here, and will soon have a ton of painting to do at the house. Busy, busy, busy. I have a coffee table to redo, a headboard and a huge table with ornate base. I try not to look at the whole list too often ;) It's overwhelming. One thing at a time and look at what I've already done!