How to Dye Fabric with Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

I did it! It's something I've been wanting to try for quite some time - ever since the Color Recipes for Painted Furniture book by Annie Sloan came into the store - dying fabric with Chalk Paint™.

dye fabric with chalk paint

I wasn't sure what was going to happen or how it would turn out, so I was a little nervous. I should have known better - it's Annie Sloan, of course it's going to turn out! I started with my nana's vintage lace table cloth and chose to follow Annie's lead with Aubusson Blue paint.

Here's what I used as per Annie:

  • Aubusson Blue paint (or any Chalk Paint™ colour)
  • Water
  • White linen sheet (a natural fabric such as linen or cotton works best)
  • Large, old metal tub (I used a Rubbermaid tub)
  • A wooden stick for stirring
  • Rubber gloves (optional)

The recipe is simple:

  1. Ratio is 1 part paint to 20 parts water, but you can adjust depending on how dark you'd like the colour to be
  2. Pour the paint into the tub
  3. Slowly mix in the water and stir with the wooden spoon
  4. Place the fabric in the tub and let soak for about 30 minutes
  5. Once colour intensity has been achieved, pull the fabric out and hang to dry

It was really so easy! Here's how my project turned out:



It really is as easy as it sounds. Stop by the store to pick up your copy of Color Recipes for Painted Furniture or ask us for more details on how to DIY this easy project. We've got the table cloth in the store so you're welcome to stop in and see it.



Feb 06, 2016

Hi. What happens to color when you wash it in the machine? How badly does it fade and do you have to redye the fabric?

Feb 06, 2016

hi carie long time since i have talked to you.
i would love a litre of the paint you used for the blue lace.
what colour was it..i will call you with my mastercard and my sister can pick it up for me,
are you still interested in selling my collections?
thanks kindly
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Feb 06, 2016

I’m about to go crazy and dye the fabric from a settee that I love, so after I’ve hung it out to dry do you think I then have to wash or jus dry and return to settee? I’ve seen you can paint direct but leaves a leathery feel so would rather dye xx

Helen Nelson
Feb 06, 2016

Hi StudioJude – no, you don’t have to heat set the fabric and yes, it is definitely washable.

The Passionate Home
Feb 06, 2016

I’m wondering about whether you have to heat set the fabric and if it’s washable. Does it fade? I see someone has asked about that but I don’t see a response.

Feb 06, 2016

If I use it on seat covers with it stain clothes when you sit down or should I put in washer first. Also, do you wax it?


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