Painted Chair With a Twist!


I always wondered about painting upholstered fabric, and after seeing a few ideas on here, I'm hopped on to take a ride! I love to paint... ANYTHING! I paint cakes, people, and now I'm kinda hooked on painting furniture! Two chairs for my house, two chairs to sell! P.S. we've been sitting on the religiously and the paint is holding up beautifully!
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
So I bought 4 chairs that had great bones but the fabric just didn't work for me...
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
I used homemade chalk paint and fabric medium to "white out" all of it and leave myself with a blank canvas so to speak
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
Then the fun began! My oldest daughter wants a shark week bedroom so chair #1 got a wait for it....... SHARK!!!!
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
A few coats of finishing wax and viola! After all was said and done I was soo excited I just kept going!
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
One to match my bedroom!
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
And two to sell!
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture
painted chair with a twist, chalk paint, painted furniture

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7 questions
  • Sue Fawdry Fleming
    on Apr 7, 2016

    Could you please tell me how you painted the upholstery to look like leather? Thank you so much.

    • I used latex paint with a bit of plaster of paris and fabric medium mixed in. I did spray the fabric with water first to allow the paint to absorb easier. After it dried is used furniture wax to seal it all in. If I can be of any other help please let me know.

    • Barbara
      on Apr 17, 2016

      How much latex paint and how much plaster of paris did you add to the fabric medium?

    • Keemee
      on Jan 18, 2017

      I'm floored!!!! When I first saw the peacock chair I was wondering where you found that fabric. Wow!!!! These pieces are great!! Thank you for sharing this with us. Guess what my next project will be?😁

  • Dre
    on Apr 8, 2016

    What is fabric medium ? Does it have a purpose other than for giving a blank canvas? Do you buy at arts/craft store or fabric store? Did you apply one coat? Did you let it dry overnight? I'm curious if I can use this to hide ugly patterns on thrift finds since I've seen people paint fabric and you can still see the pattern underneath. Thanks for sharing?

    • Fabric meduim can be found with the craft paint at a craft store. It helps the paint stay elastic so that it doesn't crack during use. I did more than one coat allowing time to dry in between coats. The plaster of paris helps it coat faster. I wasn't sure about how well I would like it but 3 of the chairs get daily use in my home and are holding up great. The 4th broke it's leg in a terrible accident lol so it has actually been relocated to the garden, leg replaced with a pot that I'm going to plant in and has still help up in the elements! I think I answered everything but if not just let me know!

    • Petnursepolly16403
      on Dec 6, 2016

      I bought my medium from Joann Fabrics, but I had to ask for it. I did sofa cushions, that have held up for 2 years so far.

    • Kimberly Bettendorf-Garcia
      on Jan 10, 2017

      I use the peacock chair daily and it still looks great!

  • Sandra Sandy Hibbs
    on Apr 12, 2016

    I can't find fabric medium anywhere !!!

    • Kimberly Bettendorf-Garcia
      on Apr 12, 2016

      I buy mine at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, I think I've even found it at Wal-Mart. Check by the acrylic paints.

    • Cathy Jespersen
      on May 29, 2016

      I found mine on Amazon.com

    • Cathy Jespersen
      on May 29, 2016

      Other sources for fabric medium are: Jo-Ann Fabrics ; joann.com, Michaels and Walmart has the Martha Stewart brand. You can also do a Google search on "fabric medium near me". Good luck!

  • Barbara
    on Apr 17, 2016

    What ratio of Latex paint, plaster of paris and fabric medium did you use?

    • Kimberly Bettendorf-Garcia
      on Apr 17, 2016

      About 1/4 C each plaster and fabric medium. If I found it thickrneing while using I just diluted it a bit with water! I hope this helps!

  • Anna
    on Aug 17, 2017

    Can you please,tell what paints did you use and what sequence. I'm a little confused,about it .I bought chairs in goodwill store .like them but they have white shanel fabric on it it's stained and I have little kids it will be stained even more .I like your concept .i want paint them to different color and that will be waterproof I hope.what do I need to do?
    • Kimberly Bettendorf-Garcia
      on Aug 18, 2017

      I lightly wet the fabric with water from a spray bottle and then painted them with a mixture of latex paint (I used the little sample sizes, you can also use acrylic paint) a bit of plaster of Paris and a squirt of fabric medium. Im sorry I never measure lol! You want the mixture to be sturdy but easily painted with so not too thick. Hope this helps!
    • Pappyand Nanny Wilson
      on Feb 11, 2019

      What is fabric medium....I'm green here!!...lol

  • Rosie
    on Jul 31, 2018

    Yes, I am inspired. Do they feel sticky, after drying? Thank you.

    • Kimberly Bettendorf-Garcia
      on Jul 31, 2018

      No after I waxed them they feel kind of like a soft leather. I have plans to do this on outdoor furniture now that I know how well it holds up in the elements!

  • Kathrine Jones
    on Feb 11, 2019

    What wax do you use to seal the paint?

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  • Joanne Lewis
    on Dec 9, 2017

    I don't have a question. I just wanted to say how much I love the Peacock chair. Peacocks represent my mom for me, and she is no longer here, so when I saw that chair, I fell in love. Now, I will be looking for a chair to change into your beautiful idea. Thank you for sharing! Joanne
  • Steph knepper
    on Jul 31, 2018

    Won’t it crack after sitting on it??

    • Kimberly Bettendorf-Garcia
      on Feb 11, 2019

      The fabric portion of the chairs still look great. If I would change anything after several years of use, I would have used enamel on the arms instead of chalk paint.

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