Sunroom Chair Tutorials

Okee Dokee Artichokies…..

Here we go.

K-I-S-S (keep it simple sweeties) tutorial!

AKA….I don’t got much smarts to share, so I have to keep it simple.

Don’t let this picture scare you.

I was a little intimidated by this chair at first but I could tell by checking it out that it was coming apart at connection places….(I know…I don’t know the techy, woodsy words!) but….where it was coming apart wasn’t in the middle of the piece.

Sort of get what I’m saying?

So, I figured, I could try guerrilla gluing it.

Throw some salt over my shoulder.

Rub my lucky rabbits foot bookmark in my Bible and say a quick prayer.

I’m a confused, non-denominational Baptist.

And guerrilla glue I did.


And borrowed my dads clamp thingy.

Left it overnight…..

Then used an exacto kind of knife to scrape off the extra stuff that squirted out and sanded down the finer messy squirts.


That was complicated.

Still with me?

Then grab your goodies.

This is what I used.

I used about 1/4 to 1/2 of a quart of paint.

I watered it down to a “pancake batter” consistency.

Note to readers: Do NOT make pancakes with AS chalk paint.

Thank you.

I didn’t show you any spray paint in my goodies…but I lightly spray paint the springs and support straps.

They are usually old, they may be rusty.

You might need to use a “rust” type of spray paint.

Why do I paint it?

I just like a white spring when I am painting the furniture white.

Plus, it will protect your fabric.

I will also put a piece of fabric over the springs, just as a barrier against the upholstery.

It had a NASTY piece of carpet as a barrier.

Like……really nasty.

Like, I never wanted to see it again after I peeled it off of the chair.

That nasty.

But anyways…spray paint your spring and supports.

I don’t want to waste chalk paint….and it would be alot more tedious than you think to paint the straps and springs.

So, use spray paint.

If you want.

I’m not the boss of you.

Now paint your chair.

Note about chalk paint: You don’t have to have it thick….especially if you are going to distress it.

When distressing you will sand off any extra layers…….. save your paint.

One coat looked like this.

If you have “see through” spots like this on your chair…..

Go easy on those parts when you distress….because it will get to the wood quickly. Nice place to show the wood but you don’t want a big bare spot….so just go easy.

Distressing chalk paint is seriously dusty.


I paint outside of my garage….and when I sand chalk paint…..I aim a fan “out” of my garage…

Towards me in the driveway… that the “chalk dust” doesn’t go in the garage.

It is like sheetrock dust. It gets on everything.

Just a warning.

After distressing, I use a dry paintbrush and dust off the piece.

Then I rub my paste in like you would rub lotion in on your dry skin.

That is what I imagine.

Putting moisture into the piece.

The paste enhances what you distressed and does change the color a tad….but I love the change….

I rub it right on and off…..really more like rubbing it in than “off”.

On arms of chairs…tops of tables…..I do a thicker layer and let it sit for a bit and dry….then buff it off.

I am not trying to make it sound super easy.

It is.

But it is time consuming.

Legs…..backs…..they take time to cover….

But skill wise.

On a scale of 1 to 10.


With ten being the hardest.


Tutorials easy enough?

Chalk paint vs latex paint post this week.

I am glad I waited to post my thoughts on chalk paint,  because I learned a little more this week.

By failing.

Another one for the team.

You are welcome.

Let me know if you have any specific questions!



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0 thoughts on “Sunroom Chair Tutorials

  • August 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Love this chair! I just stumbled across your blog and I have so many questions!! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on laytex vs. chalk board… Seriously. I have been doing this awhile and have always done it “the good old fashioned way”, but now my eyes are opening to a whole new relm!

    I couldn’t go all the way back, but on this tutuorial, I noticed you are using Minwax. Any paticular reason you are using that vs. AS clear and then dark wax (which I’ve noticed in the blog world is all the rage, but seems to be a lot of steps).

    Do what do you use to wax on, wax off Daniel-son? 🙂 An old tee shirt? Cloth? Paper towel? LOL!

    Thanks… I’ll keep it at those right now. I can’t wait to hear! Thank you!

  • August 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Call me crazy, but I LOVE that type of chair!  I have two of them, along with a very very heavy footstool in my living room.  It would be an answer to my dream if I could find a couch in that style.  They are practically indestructible and you can paint them ANY color of the rainbow, while easily recovering those square seats and backs.  I Love them!

  • August 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve only had my Chalk Paint less than 2 weeks so I haven’t done that much. You talk about a lot of dust when you sand..I don’t get that much…wonder if I’m sanding enuf. I”ve been painting on a thin coat with areas showing thru and that seems to work as distressing instead of sanding a lot (saving me some paint!) I’m new at this, don’t really know what I’m doing…just doing!  Love your chair!!

  • August 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    @afa83496afd2cfa73c51dd0efc39a6e0:disqus  I think you would know if you weren’t sanding enough. I think I am painting too thick. I need to paint less….save more paint! I new too….so we will learn together : ) Love, Me

  • August 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    @48db2f90b5e1c33cba6235f85fda4a5e:disqus  Gayle, they are now my favorite. Wish you lived closer because there is now a couch for sale….made by ME ; ) Love, Me

  • August 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    @08c0f0cb85bbeba650b557c0ed434875:disqus  I am using Minwax mainly because it is the first way I learned from a Miss Mustard Seed tutorial. Also the AS wax seems a little tough “step wise” for me….Minwax can be dried then buffed out or wiped on and off…..I use stain for the color, then wax right after but I have not used stain on chalk paint.. I’m not into all the rage……I am usually last on the train. Cost wise…I’m still not sold. Also, I am so glad someone referenced Karate Kid!!! I used the wax on / wax off phrase in a post and no one seemed to notice ; ) Thank you, thank you! ; ) Love, Me

  • August 30, 2011 at 6:12 am

    No problem. 😉
    I’m an old fashioned girl and just paint my furniture, I’m new to waxing for distress – so I’m WAY behind! I have a dresser that I’m going to sell and it’s curves are begging me to sand them for distressing.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to put the dark min wax on it. I know worst case scenario is paint over it – but time is money! Decisions…

  • August 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Awesome tutorial.  Love the AS paint and wax.  Did you use old white?

  • August 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Did you strip the old finish off before painting?

    • September 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Just so you know, I NEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVER strip furniture. I also NEVER NEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVER sand it off. I just slap the paint right over. For real! XO!


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