Cane Chair Update With Gray Chalk Paint

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A few weeks ago, one of my decorating clients (also a great friend!) sold me this pair of cane chairs that I’ve been admiring for months:

Cane chairs--before

These girls had great lines, but you know that I love my painted furniture.  I decided to give them a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey.  Or is it Gray?  It took one coat, and I opted not to wax them, although I might change my mind.  Here’s how they turned out:

Annie Sloan chalk paint--Paris Grey cane chairs

I love the matte finish of the paint, and I was impressed that one coat covered the wood (I just used a brush, even on the cane).  When I painted my dark dining room table with Pure White a few months ago, it took two coats.  You can read about that process {here}.

I borrowed the gray chevron pillow from the dining room, and used a small plant stand in between the two chairs to make a conversation area in a corner of our living room.

gray chalk painted cane chairs


I’m sure some of you are still gasping that I painted them to begin with, but I’ve decided that lighter colors make my entire mood happier, so slowly but surely I’m going to paint the entire house white!!  Stay tuned for more, and thanks for stopping by.



  1. Your were right to paint them. They are gorgeous chairs, but the paint definitely freshens them up. I wouldn’t wax those suckers either. I can just imagine all the wax that would get stuck in the nooks and crannies. 🙂

  2. Scarlett says

    Did you airbrush or hand brush the caning?

    • Scarlett–
      I began to hand brush it, but that was taking SO long that I used a can a gray spray paint and then went over it with the AS paint to be sure that the color was even.

  3. Micah Tjeerdsma says

    Hello! I have a quick question. Have you ever painted a chair with caning, but left the caning the original color? I’m trying to figure out the best way to cover the caning so it doesn’t get any bleeding or overspray. Thanks!!

  4. Hi,
    I was wondering how the cane held up with the Annie Sloan chalk paint. I have some I want to use it on and am a little scared.

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