Hi friends! Happy Monday! If you are visiting from Home Stories A to Z, welcome! I’m participating in Beth’s Thrifty Under Fifty Challenge and I’m really excited about today’s project. I finally tackled a project I’ve been wanting to try for a really long time, painting upholstery. Sounds crazy, huh!? I’ve seen a few people do it over the past few years and I wanted to see if it really worked.
A few months ago I stumbled upon someone giving away an old chair, and like any DIYer I couldn’t pass up something with FREE on the price tag! Are you ready to see what I started with?
Wow. Right? I was drawn to the tufted back and the exposed wood. I thought the chair had beautiful bones and I instantly had a vision of how I wanted it to look.
After a little TLC, some paint, new upholstery on the seat, I completely made this chair over for pretty much exactly $50.
I wanted a very rustic farmhouse look for this chair and that’s what I got. I am not even going to pretend to be a master at reupholstering, so I went with a deconstructed look that fits right in with my industrial style.
To get this look, I painted the upholstery on the tufting and the back of the chair, I gave all the wood a coat of white chalky paint, and I replaced the upholstery on the seat with farmhouse stripes and black upholstery nails.
So I know what you are thinking. Can you really paint over upholstery? Yes. Do I recommend it. Sorta. Based on my experience, I would definitely do this for an accent chair or one that won’t be sat in that much. While the fabric medium does soften the paint, I found that mine still felt a little like plastic. But that could also be caused by many factors, 1) wrong type of paint sheen 2) not enough fabric medium, etc. I’m happy with my first results and I will definitely try it again and tweak my formula.
It goes perfectly with our vignette in the dining area. Loving my funky farmhouse chair :)
So ready for a quick tutorial and some tips on how I painted the upholstery?
Now, here is the fun part. Painting the upholstery. I have seen a few other people do this before, I loved 11 Magnolia Lane’s tutorial on it. I thought theirs was really easy and made sense to me. So I referenced that when starting this project.
I started by mixing gray latex paint with fabric medium. I followed the directions on the back of the bottle and did 1 part medium to 2 parts paint. I only needed one bottle of the medium for the entire chair (that I painted). After the entire first coat you can still see some of the green coming through.
I let the first coat dry completely and then I added the second layer. I only needed to coats for this chair. This existing fabric was a thick wool and the paint went right over it.
To finish off the look, I painted the legs in white chalky paint, added new fabric and foam to the seat and then black nail trim accents. And added a pillow from the lovely Bows and Burlap Boutique :)
So here is what I used:
Gray Paint ( you only need about half a quart )
6 oz fabric medium
Black Nail Trim (3 packs )
Striped Fabric (1 yard)
If you utilize retail coupons (hobby lobby/Michaels, etc.) the entire projects comes out right around $50.
This was a really fun project to try and proof that you can always make a piece of furniture beautiful again! Now head over to Finding Silver Pennies to See what Danielle did with her thrifty find!