Chair Transformation Using CeCe Caldwell’s Natural Chalk + Clay Paints

Hey Ya’ll. Glad you are back.

Today I want to show you how easy it is to transform a chair using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and baby wipes. I got this chair at my “honey hole” here for $20 and I thought that was a pretty reasonable price so I brought it home. One of the reasons I bought it was because the chair had a lot of grooves, divots, and lots of texture and I knew it would look great distressed. Plus, I needed a chair for my work station I am building.

Here is the before and after.


Now, there are 3 things I want to say here. #1. I sometimes get really excited and I start painting before I get a “before” picture. (You can see I started painting and had my “oh crap” moment and ran and got the camera. #2. I know you can’t really see all the texture on the chair in the before picture but you will once I show you some close up pictures.  #3. All of this distressing was done with baby wipes.

Yes, you read that correctly. Baby wipes. I am on a mission to get people to STOP DISTRESSING WITH SAND PAPER! I know that is quite the feat, but hey I can try.

Find out how I transformed this chair………

Step 1

This is the easy part.  Remove the seat cushion. Just unscrew it from underneath the seat bottom.

Clean the chair. It was kinda dirty from sitting around the antique store I got it from so I wiped it down with a wet rag. You can use a wet wash cloth, Simple Green, or a bit of soap and water.

Step 2

After it is all cleaned and dry you can begin painting. I chose Vintage White by CeCe Caldwell’s to paint with since it will go with the desk I am building and it will look good with the new fabric for the seat cushion. Since we already know that this is going to be distressed, don’t get too worried about “perfect” coverage. Letting some of that dark brown show thorugh will just benefit you later. I used 2 coats of paint on this chair.

Since I am impatient, I broke out my blow dryer after the first coat to help the drying process along. Then applied the 2nd coat. Then again blow dried.

Step 3

Here comes the fun part. Distressing!!! I love this part.

PUT DOWN THE SAND PAPER! Back away from the sand paper and no one will get hurt. ha ha ha. Kidding. But, for real….put the sand paper down.

Using a baby wipe or a wet cotton cloth will get you better results. Trust me. Remember when I said this chair had a lot of texture and dents and dings? Well if you use sand paper you are going to do 2 things. For one, you will end up smoothing out all that great texture we are trying to highlight and secondly, you will end up going trough your paint and the original stain and end up seeing raw wood.

Also, when you use sand paper you end up having to clean up all the dust and then have the fun treat of running the vacuum. Yay!!!! So much fun. LOL. With baby wipes you just pick them up and throw them away. It’s pretty awesome.

Here is what you need to remember when wet distressing………..You wet distress on DRY PAINT. If you use a baby wipe on wet paint you are just going to smear paint all around. Not the look we are going for here.

Just grab your baby wipe and begin rubbing in areas where natural wear and tear would happen.  You will start to see the brown show through and because there is a lot of texture it will create a dimensional look.

Here are some close up photos of wet distressing.





Here is the final result.


How easy was that?

Step 4

Once you have all your distressing done and you love how it looks you will need to seal it so that it is protected. I used Endurance by CeCe Caldwell’s because I love how easy it is and it protects very well. I gave it 2 thin coats using a foam applicator brush. Once I was done I threw that away too. They are super cheap and you can get them by the bag full for not a lot of money. I usually get them on Amazon. Here is my affiliate link if you want to get the ones I use.



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