Recently, Kristy, one of my readers and a fellow blogger, emailed me with her wingback chair makeover that she completed by painting directly over the upholstery. Since I’ve had this mustard yellow chair sitting in the corner of our bedroom for several months now, I was particularly interested and asked her to share the step-by-step process.
I REALLY wanted a chair like in my inspiration photo. Not exactly like it, but the general color and shape.
The wing back and the vibrant teal color were important elements of my master bedroom story board.
Then, I had an epiphany. I remembered seeing a painted chair a while back. So, I began to do a little research on painting upholstery. After all, I could surely afford to buy a used chair and paint!
After a day or two of getting my ducks in a row as far as a plan was concerned, I purchased this chair on Craigslist.
It was in perfect condition. Well built. Great lines.
I began the painting process. First on a pillow, but I’ll skip that part, as it went well, and instead I’ll start with painting the actual chair.
I wouldn’t use much paint – maybe 1/8 of the quart. I mixed mine in an old cup. A little goes a long way in this phase. This will be your base coat.
Is it crunchy or stiff?
It started out as a velvet fabric. It is not soft like velvet, but it is also not hard or sand papery. It’s like a stiffer, rougher fabric.
Does the paint come off on clothing?
Not at all. I tested it out and even wet it and sat on it. No problem.
– A smoother fabric is likely easier to work with.
– The final acrylic paint layer is very important.
– Sand down any particularly rough spots.
– For a more leather-like finish, you could try a glossy paint or a wax finish.
Hope you enjoyed this step by step look at the process!