Upholstered Chair Cushions

3 Materials
$30
1 Hour
Medium
We have 2 Chinese Rosewood chairs for which I had upholstered cushions made in a white fabric at least 15 years ago. Since they are not used very often, vacuuming did a decent job of keeping them looking well. However, since I was planning a much larger project, which you will see later, I wanted to test the painting of upholstered furniture on something that would be inexpensive to have redone, if I didn’t like the outcome.
Step one is to thoroughly clean the cushions which I was able to do with the vacuum.
Step two was to spray the cushions with plain water and rub it in with my hands. As you can see from picture, this made the fabric look really stained and yellow.
Step three was to paint with the paint which was the same color as our living room walls, to which I had added the medium.  This was a quick update in total time, but because I did not have a way to paint both sides at the same time, I used my hair dryer to speed up the drying process.  The chairs are on either side of a black slate Oriental table, so it was important that the color not be dark.  The sofa in the same area is a dark grey and the wood furniture is in a dark stain as well.  After the cushions were dry, I used fine sandpaper and they are still soft and pliable.
An easy project that really perked up the cushions.
Now I’m trying to decide if I want to pain the cushions on my dining room chairs.
Resources for this project:
Chalky fabric paint medium
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