Ladder Back Chair Makeover

Chalk painted chair makeover

Maybe I should have titled this post why I love Annie Sloan Chalk paint. I’ve experimented with it several times on smaller items, such as my kitchen canisters, on these candlesticks and on a curbside chair I picked up. The chair and the canisters get a ton of everyday use, and have help up without so much as a scratch. Because of the durability, I decided to use it on another chair makeover. I bought these two chairs at Home Goods. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen these already, although it was almost a year ago. I’ve just finally gotten around to painting them.


ladder back chair makeover


When painting, I prefer to use these sponge brushes if i can, because they don’t leave any brush strokes. You can see this one has gotten a lot of use. I painted these chairs with three coats of the chalk paint. The post I shared about painting the kitchen canisters has instructions on how to use chalk paint, so I won’t repeat that here.

Chalk Paint Chairs


What I do want to talk about this time is another reason why I love this paint in addition to the durability. When painting with regular paint, if you get sloppy and leave brush strokes – or worse – paint drips, you are basically stuck with them. I don’t know about you, but after painting for a while I usually do get sloppy near the end when it matters most.

This is not a problem with chalk paint, because you can sand it down to a smooth finish. I wanted to lightly distress these chairs, so I sanded a little more in some spots than others. I took some before and after sanding pictures to show you the difference.

Why chalk paint is so amazing



One of many reasons why chalk paint is so amazing



before and after with chalk paint


Another thing I really love, that doesn’t show well in these pictures is the sheen you get after applying the clear wax. It’s a very subtle sheen that really gives a finish like no other. This post is not sponsored by Annie Sloan in any way, I just really love this paint. I am now seriously considering using it to paint my kitchen cabinets.

lightly distresses ladder back chair makeover


I ordered two grainsack chair cushions from Pottery Barn to complete this chair makeover. They look different colors in this picture, but it’s just the lighting.

Before and after chair makeover


The ladder back chairs are definitely an improvement from when I had my kitchen chairs in my family room temporarily. Next the black table is getting a little makeover. I plan to get to that soon and not a year from now! Hopefully!

ladder back chair makeover


If you have used Annie Sloan Chalk paint on cabinets, I’d love to hear about it!

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Sanding before and after




  1. Roxanne these chairs turned out beautiful! I’m just started to work with chalk paint and it’s so fun and easy! Love how your chairs were transformed!

  2. Absolutely fabulous paint job! It totally updated your chairs. Wishing I had some just like these!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at the The DIY Collective this week! Hope to see you again next Thursday. The party begins at 6:00am EST.

    Hope you had an awesome weekend!
    ~ Ashley

  3. Such classic chairs, what a great HomeGoods find– by the way! Love the color, paint makes everything just that much better, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing at the Pretty Project Party!

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