I bought these wicker chairs on Craigslist a couple years ago for a steal. Always told myself I would recover the cushions and possibly paint them. Well, I finally got around to it this week, except I didn't recover the cushions, I painted them!
I watched some tutorials on You Tube about painting fabric and gained the confidence to try it out. I had some left over Anne Sloane Chalk Paint in Chateau Grey, so I went with that. I painted the first coat slowly and with a good amount of paint. Laid them out in the sun to dry for about 2 hours. Then I took a really fine grit sanding sponge and rubbed them down to take a good bit of the stiffness out of them. I liked the way it took off some of the paint making the cushions look more like fabric. I then lightly painted a second coat, let it try and again lightly sanded them.
As far as the chairs, I watered down what little bit of paint I had left from when I painted my walls. It's a semi-gloss paint in Wind Rush by Home Decorators Collection. I didn't soak my brush with paint. I scraped quite a bit off so that it looked like chairs that had been faded in the sun for a while. In some areas, when the white got too solid, I took a damp dish towel and wiped across the wicker to rub some off. I love the weathered look it gives.
They feel more coastal in this weathered white and the grey/greenish combination. They were much more traditional in their former style. We used everything we already had to create "new" beautiful chairs we love.