Painted Velvet Chairs

We have had these velvet chairs for a number of years. I hated to get rid of them because they were in such good condition. The dated upholstery was my only issue with them. So, I decided to paint them and give them a new look.
The chairs were clean, solid construction, and had no rips or tears in them.
I used Rustoleum's Automotive spray paint designed for fabrics and vinyl. Each chair got two coats of paint, it took 3 cans to cover each chair.
I had removed the skirts on the bottom of the chairs before painting, then added some decorative nickel nail heads after they were painted.
I love how they look. They will have many more years of use in our home! More tips on the blog.

Jessica C
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  • Sam Bo Sam Bo on Aug 22, 2017
    Did you wet down the chair first? Can you give me specifics on how you did this. I've seen it done with chalk paint and I don't know what it involves with a can of spray paint because of the nap of the velvet. Thanks for any information. T
    hey turned out wonderful!

  • Smgbartholomew Smgbartholomew on Mar 01, 2021

    Hi do you have more information on how to remove the skirts on the chairs?


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  • Vicki Vicki on May 20, 2016
    OMGoodness, I have almost same like your's that I got from my mom's. it came with ottoman. Same color velvet & i really did not want to donate it due to blue color that is not matching with my current colors. thank you for sharing. Now i can keep my mom's chairs to paint to match with the rest of my furniture. whew.

  • Louise Madrid Louise Madrid on Sep 14, 2021

    love how they look! i have 2 beige chairs that I've been wanting to paint!

    I'm inspired!