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How to Paint an Upholstered Chair

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After reading a few posts about painted upholstery, I thought it might be fun to try it myself. Here is the process I used to paint an old slipper chair.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $15 Difficulty: Easy
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Supplies:
Latex satin paint - I used leftover from paint from our bathroom re-do.
Fabric medium - this stuff is usually located in the painting section with acrylic paints and brushes.
Painter's tape
Stiff-ish bristled paint brush
Spray bottle with water
200 grit sand paper - I didn't end up using this, but you might need it to gently sand away fuzzies, depending on the type of fabric your piece is covered in.
Mixing container with a lid
Drop Cloth
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I mixed up a batch of fabric paint by combining one part medium, one part paint, and two parts water.
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I sprayed the fabric with some water, rubbing it in a little. This gets the fabric ready to absorb the paint mixture.
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I worked my way around the chair, covering it with the fabric paint mixture. For corners and seams, like the piping around the seat, I used my fingers to work the paint down into the cracks.
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Here's how the chair looked after one coat of the fabric paint mixture.
I let the paint dry for about twenty four hours and then applied another coat.
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Here's the chair it looked after two coats of fabric paint. I let it dry for several hours again, and then applied another coat.
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Here's how the chair looked after a third coat. Overall, the process is very easy and inexpensive to do. It gave the upholstery a leathery, kinda sticky feel so it's not something I would recommend doing to a large peice you use everyday. However, for accent pieces and small surfaces I think it's great!
There are more photos and detailed instructions in the blog post.

To see more: http://www.fiftytwoweekendsofdiy.com/2014/06/how-i-painted-upholstered-chair.html

  • Patti Sodini Wilson
    Patti Sodini Wilson House Springs, MO

    Love, love,...

  • Denise Hardy
    Denise Hardy Ireland

    Looks beautiful - I've been thinking of doing this to a chair I've had for years and still love the style - so after seeing yours I think I might try it. Let's face it - if the worst comes to the worst, then I can always take the fabric off and

  • The Garden Frog with C Renee

    Wow what a difference!

  • Glennis
    Glennis Queenstown, MD

    Thanks for posting this. Love it!

  • Charlotte
    Charlotte Opelika, AL

    I also painted an upholstered chair. It was a huge rocker/recliner. I used a clear wax on the fabric when I was done and it softened the fabric. Guests do sit in the chair and have no idea it was painted. Great color choice. I plan to do another

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