How I failed a paint job on a fabric cushion and survived!
I posted about my attempt at painting fabric over a year ago and then how I moved on with that project and loved the result. You can have a better look at all the details here: http://www.hometalk.com/12899911/refurbished-telephone-gossip-bench
When I bought this telephone bench for $25, I was ecstatic! It was cool, solidly built, vintage and I knew I could have fun with it and sell it (though I really wanted to keep it once it was done!). The cushion was in great shape, but was an ugly color and had a couple of stains on it. What better opportunity to paint fabric than this? I thought that if it didn't work, I'd just cover it up. Well, it didn't work!! LOL Please read below for some details and pictures about my adventure. Also, click on the above-posted link to my thread for more information.
Just remember, most 'fails' can open up opportunities you didn't think you had. It just might take a day or month of pondering, asking the DIY community and searching the web for a solution, but I have found that there often is one. Don't give up!
Here is the original telephone bench. I loved all the markings on the base and legs. The support on the seat was solid as was everything about this table, but I just didn't like the cusion colour at all.
After following advice I found here at Hometalk on how to paint fabric with chalk paint, I gave the cushion a first coat. Chalk paint can be used quite successfully to paint fabrics. You have to wet the fabric, dilute the chalk paint with water and some advised using a fabric medium, which is what I did.
While wet, it looked pretty good and I was SO excited!!
Then, the paint dried. I lightly sanded the surfaces, softening the fabric and evening out some of the grey colour. This picture is after a FOURTH coat of diluted chalk paint was applied. By now, I was very discouraged and realized that this method was just not going to work after all. sigh ....
It was after I posted about my fail and asked questions, that some people said it was the type of fabric that hampered things. There are many types of fabrics that can be covered nicely with chalk paint, with great results, but this one not so much.
This is a close up photo of the cushion with four coats applied.
I decided to cover the cushion, so I added a layer of poly filling and stapled it all around, making sure the corners were softly padded.
Then, I stapled this fun fabric to the back of the cushioned seat.Ta
Here she is! I just love the transformation both the paint colours and the 'new' cushion made to the vintage telephone bench.
A close up look at the colours of paint, some brown of the original bench, some red and some white under all the black, then waxed several coats. For more information, please follow the link to the original Hometalk thread I posted.