Must-Make French Chair



Learn how to paint a chair the French way - with lots of style and plenty of flair. No classy home is complete without this Must-Make French Chair. Every time you sit in this chair, you will feel like you're seated at a quaint little Parisian cafe. All you need is a croissant and a latte. This tutorial will show you how to paint a wooden chair with a pretty harlequin pattern that will surely turn heads. Paint your own Must-Make French Chair for a quick trip to Paris that you never have to leave.

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Must-Make French Chair


Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint

  • Enchanted (ADC16)
  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Inheritance (ADC12)
  • Rouge (ADC07)

Americana® Decor™ Stencils

  • Distressed Harlequin (ADS03)
  • French Living (ADS05)

Other supplies

  • Water container
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Paper towels
  • Sandpaper
  • 1" flat brush
  • Paraffin
  • Wooden chair
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • 1" blue painter's tape


Let dry completely between painting steps. Top coat with wax to protect if needed.

  1. Wipe down the chair with a damp paper towel.

  2. Paint entire chair with Rouge using the 1" flat brush.
  3. Rub paraffin over the chair in areas you would like the Rouge to show through.

  4. With the 1" flat brush, paint the chair Enchanted.
  5. Sand the chair to expose the Rouge paint.

  6. Mix 3 parts Enchanted with 1 part Everlasting. Use this paint and the cosmetic sponge to stencil parts of the Distressed Harlequin design on the back, front, and sides of the chair.

  7. Use the cosmetic sponge to apply the French Living stencil on the seat with Inheritance.

  8. Lightly sand the stencils to soften.



  • Use paint very sparingly on the sponge to get a clean stencil image.
  • Apply multiple coats as needed.

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