Yes, you read that right. I PAINTED some upholstered chairs.
I had seen it done here first and then some great tips here and tucked it away in my maybe-want-to-try-one-day projects, and then I came across a pair of these pink velveteen chairs on a local ad for $30. They were in pristine condition from an estate sale and I HAD to try it.
First up, I removed the skirts on the chairs to show the legs and give them a bit more updated feel. Getting a little sassy here and showing some leg!
Then, I took 2 parts textile medium (apparently textile medium is popular in these parts. I had to go to Michael’s, Jo-Ann Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby to round up 8 bottles) to 2 parts acrylic latex paint in Sherwin Williams Peppercorn
And start painting! I was so scared! What on earth had I gotten myself into?? I was very doubtful…
Apply a coat, let dry. Times 4 for this chair. It would probably work better on a lighter fabric.
After 2 coats: some of that mauve pink still showing through:
It took me 4 coats to cover it over about 2 weeks time because I got lazy and kept forgetting them out in the garage. Tip: leave your paint tray, paintbrush and roller in a plastic Ziploc bag in between painting times so you don’t have to clean up each time. Take a fine grit sanding bar and sand between coats to try to soften it a little.
It comes off much more blue in the below picture.
Verdict --- would I do it again??
Nope. It took a long time and ended up costing about $50 per chair. The fabric medium is spendy, even with coupons. The touch of the chair really isn’t comfortable. Even after sanding, it’s not a soft velvet, but a stiff uninviting feel. I DO think it would be great on a piece like a bench or an ottoman or a chair or sofa if it was barely used. Or maybe a timeout chair? ;) But it’s not something I would curl up in with a cup of hot chocolate and a favorite book for a few hours, let’s put it that way.
They are much more pretty to look at, and you will most likely see them in the new house somewhere, but just wanted to give my thoughts.
Have you ever painted fabric? Do you want to come sit on my stiff chairs?