Yup, this chair by Jonathon Marc Mendes the current Annie Sloan Painter in residence is perfect.
Just like a magic act, he has turned old cloth into leather. Honest this chair is NOT leather, it is painted fabric. I have taken the description of how he did this magic from the Annie Sloan Blog so you can follow along. Next up at Maine Country Home? We’re practicing our magic 🙂
“Can you believe that this stunning leather look chair actually started life like the picture below? With the help of a little Chalk Paint and clear and dark waxes. Jonathon Marc Mendes has turned a rather dated and old looking chair in to something classically timeless, oh so handsome and quintessentially British!
Jonathon began by adding water to Chalk Paint® in Arles to create the consistency of thin milk. (This is a must when painting directly on to fabric – the paint needs to absorb in to the fibres.) He painted the entire fabric surface of the chair with this base colour.
Once the first coat was dry, Jonathon added a touch of Primer Red to the watered down Arles mix – this created a gorgeous, warm colour that Jonathon began gradually layering on to the chair. To create an authentic leather look, the last coat of paint was applied fairly thickly so that the seat pad would crack, just like aged leather does!
Inspired by typography seen on old clock faces and coffee sacks, Jonathon created his own stencils using card. Once the painted fabric had dried, Jonathon applied his stencil designs to the chair using Graphite.
And now for the wax! Because Jonathon wanted a true leather feel to his chair, he finished the piece with wax, however if you just wanted to alter the colour of your chair, there is no need to wax as the watered down paint will have absorbed in to the fibres.
To create that gorgeous aged leather look Jonathon applied a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax all over, and then, using a Wax Brush, Jonathon applied Dark Chalk Paint® Wax to the surface, paying particular attention to the edges and purposefully creating patchy darker areas to add to the overall authenticity. Over time the wax will act just like real leather, cracking on the surface.
Residual Chalk Paint® Wax was then used on the woodwork, adding that final, luxurious finish.
Well done, Jonathon, what a glorious way to use my paint and products.