Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

I believe in love at first sight.

I remember my best friend setting me up on a blind date.  It was a double date.  Of course I fell in love at first sight!  In fact, my best friend and I ran off to the bathroom (because that’s what girls do) and I told her, “he’s the type of guy I could see myself married to, but I doubt I’m the type of girl he’d want to marry.”

He was just too perfect.

He had perfectly straight teeth, dark hair and the perfect Wrangler butt.  You know, the total package.

Funny how we can make that assumption in the first minute of meeting our dream guy.

I seem to have the same problem with furniture too.  I see something I like, instantly fall in love, and I have to have it.

It’s only later that I realize… the drawer has a huge hole in the bottom, the door won’t stay closed, there’s a huge crack in the leg… I could go on and on…and on.

This was the case with this leather chair…

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

My original plan was to give this chair to my hubby for his office.

But, it was too big and without wheels it was not practical.

I thought about recovering it.

Then I saw the millions of staples and nail heads and decided that would take years.  Years people!  

So, it sat in the corner of our living room, hidden away from the world. (Until my mom noticed it the other night and commented, “Claire, that chair is filthy!)

I couldn’t throw it away.  It’s not what I do.

I couldn’t sell it.  The leather was in BAD shape as you can see from the picture.  It was cloudy and just plain funky.

So, I decided to try painting it.  After all, the chair was free, so if it didn’t work out, then I didn’t lose anything.

I’ve heard that people have used Annie Sloan paint to paint fabric chairs, so surely you could paint a leather chair.  Right?

I have always wanted a grain sack chair, but three things stood in my way….

1.  I can’t sew.

2.  I HATE recovering chairs.  (It’s REALLY hard friends!)

3.  Grain sacks are expensive!  Like $20-30 for a grain sack and I’d need several for this project!

So, I pulled out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and got to painting.

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

I was a little nervous at this point.  It was easy to scratch off, and you could see my brush strokes.  This is where I begin to think…what have I done?

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

After it dried, I painted it again.  

And again.

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

After three coats of paint, it looked amazing!  I was already starting to like it.  

At this point, I used clear wax over the whole chair.  Once it was buffed, I began to get it ready for its grain sack stripes.

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

I measured where the center was and then put my tape about 3/4 of an inch in each direction.  So, my middle stripe was 1 1/2″ wide.

The little lines on either side I just kind of eyeballed.  

Getting these tape lines straight was probably the toughest part of the whole project!  Just when I thought I had them perfectly even, my husband would walk by and say, “The line looks a little skinny up at the top there.”


Once they were finally straight.. and even, I dry brushed on some ASCP in Emperor’s Silk.

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

My favorite part, as always, is removing the tape.

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

I cleaned up where I had got paint on the sides, clear waxed over the stripes, buffed again, and sanded down the little nail heads.

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

I couldn’t believe it.  It looked amazing!

But, will it hold up to sitting on it, kids, dogs?  

I have no idea, but I did make my 7 year old jump on it several times so we could do a little video shoot for you.

Yes, I sound like a total dork, but I wanted you to see that it really worked!!  

I decided to use the chair as my new office chair…

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

So, you know that boy my best friend set me up with?  Well, luckily I was the type of girl he wanted to marry, and after one month we were engaged and married a year later.  He’s still has perfect teeth, dark hair (although there might be a few strands of grey in there), and a smokin’ hot Wrangler butt.

So, what do you think?

Would you paint a leather chair with chalk paint?  What is the craziest thing you’ve painted?

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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Haha your too cute! You don’t sound like a dork. The chair looks great, I love it. I recently found a Chalk paint supplier near by at an art school and when I went to pick purchase my first Chalk paint (Whoo-hoo) she showed some leather chairs that she had painted with Chalk paint and they are holding up really well for her.
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  2. Hi Claire – a great chair makeover and such a great romantic story wrapped around your makeover.
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  3. It looks amazing. I would never assume to paint leather. Hmm.. I will be curious as to how it holds up Claire.
    Luv at first sight… sigh… 🙂
    Happy weekend.
    Hugs, Gee
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  4. I haven’t seen your hubby’s butt to know if it is smoking hot, so I will take your word for it – lol. But I *have* seen your chair and that is one smoking HOT chair. LOVE! There may be a rush of ratty leather chair purchases now. haha xxxxoooo
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  5. I think I’d rather see a picture of your hubby instead of the chair!;>) lol LOVE the chair. It is perfect and amazing how the third coat of paint was the magic charm! xo Diana
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  6. What the what the what!!! A hot chair a hot butt, I gotta get myself a fan to cool down.

  7. I think you’re only the second person that I’ve seen use ASCP to paint furniture. Someone else (I can’t remember who) painted their outdoor furniture with it. I’ll be very interested to see how it holds up! Your little boy is too cute, btw. The chair turned out great and looks terrific in your office. Oh – and about the Wrangler thing? Did you know that I worked at Wrangler’s corporate HQ for 30+ years? Yeah – I have a weakness for them.
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  8. Wow…that’s amazing! I would think that the paint would crack. Can’t wait to hear down the road how it’s holding up. Wonder how it does on fabric too….I have heard about it being done . Love your story tooooo…. I actually have similar story…was out with a girlfriend and she introduced me to her friend that was there….after sitting with him for hours talking…I told her the next morning that he was the one I was going to marry. We have been married 23 yrs tmrw!! 🙂
    Have a great weekend!
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  9. Claire that is awesome!
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  10. Oh I love it, it turned out perfect and looks amazing behind your desk. Your video is cute and I love the story about your hubby. Hugs, Marty
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  11. Love it and who knew that you could paint leather like that! Great tutorial and it was fun seeing your assistant jump on the chair.
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  12. That is ah.maz.ing!!! I just may have to try this. I also loved your home tour!!! Sweet love story too.
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  13. Linda Morrison says:

    Too cute, sweet friend! Miss y’all!


  14. i was set up on a surprise blind date, the next day i told my girlfriend i was going to marry him..its 23 years and three children later. 🙂 sometimes you just know. but who would have known about that chair?? so cool . nice job , it looks great in your office.

  15. ok, that chair is amazing! I have an old chair that was my husband’s grandfather’s. Wished I’d tried to paint it BEFORE ripping off the old “fake leather). But now, I have to try this with a chair in my foyer that was my mom’s castoff…………………….crossing fingers that homemade chalk paint works almost as well. We shall test and see!

  16. carrie clayden says:

    OMG the chair is incredible! Great job! The craziest thing I have Chalk Painted ® is a couch, an old Victorian and I just went for it. I love it. There is NOTHING you can’t paint, this stuff makes everything look better!!

  17. I was sent this way by your husband, he thought I might like your blog – he was right!

    I just last night threatened to paint our recliner, because it would look hideous with a new rug I want! He told me I “can’t” paint fabric. I took it as a dare and now I’m more convinced! This turned out great!

  18. Debbie Green says:

    Love this chair! I’m gonna try it? And I’m so glad u gave us the update on the blind date…I didn’t want u to leave us hangin’! So glad it worked out

  19. Debbie Green says:

    Love this chair! I’m gonna try it? And I’m so glad u gave us the update on the blind date…I didn’t want u to leave us hangin’! So glad it worked out

  20. Patricia Ann says:

    Love this chair! Can’t wait to paint something! LOL

  21. Hi Claire! We’re writing a post about painting fabric with Chalk Paint over at Suite Pieces (we’re the Long Island/NYC retailers for Annie Sloan)… Could we include your project as one of our favorites from around the web?! Please let me know! (I think my email is included here)

  22. hI there
    your chair looks great. you did an amazing job. I’m considering painting my leather couch, I’d love to know how the paint has weathered since you’ve done it. has it rubbed off at all?
    thanks Tammy

  23. Oh Claire, I love your chair! Ok… so how has it held up? I have a leather sofa whose finish has begun to flake… yes it makes me so angry. It is so comfy and I just hate to think of buying a new sofa or spending the money to have it reupholstered! Thank you so very much for info you can pass on.

  24. Diana Barcus says:

    Hello Claire,

    Loved the chalk paint on your chair. I googled painting pleather with chalk paint and you came up. Wow, who would have thunk it. I also have a Bergere style chair in a grayish suede I have had for 20 years and I wanted to reupholster it in drop cloth and stencil a grain sack design, but have never reupholstered anything….. So now might try my Annie Sloan ‘old white” on it. I wonder if it will work on suede? I definitely want to do my small pleather arm chairs in the annie sloan white. Thanks for the pics and demo by your cute son.

  25. Rosemary Walsh says:

    Would love to have an update too. Love the ‘new’ chair you created. In the meanwhile I’m going to practice on some left over pieces of my leather. Chairs just not the right color! Painting the small round dining table they go with now – DIY chalk paint made with latex paint and calcium carbonate. Then will stencil the top. Woo hoo!!!

  26. Oh my gosh! I just did almost the exact same project for my office! I just posted about it today, and people keep asking me on facebook if the paint will crack on the leather. So I started googling about it to see how long the paint lasts, and I found your project! I can’t believe how similar our projects. are. And I thought I was being original. 🙂 Guess there is no such thing in blogland anymore, huh? 🙂
    Anyway, didn’t want you to think that I copied you and didn’t give you credit. 🙂
    Love your chair. Has it held up well? How often do you use it?

  27. Hi There! I googled “paint a fake leather chair” and your post came up. I have a garage sale chair that looks A LOT like yours and I can’t determine if it’s real leather or faux… it seems too “thick” to be leather.. same nail heads. Could you please tell me know it held up since it’s been almost a year?? TY!! Marcy
    going to follow your blog!

  28. Hello, Just wondering how your leather chair is holding up using chalk paint.

  29. Lovely–can’t wait to try it on a hunk of garbage chair we have. Thanks!


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