Velvet Armchair Makeover

by Jessie
4 Materials
2 Days
I had an old Broyhill chair in immaculate Condition that a friend of mine gave to me several months ago. Although it was very dated, it was very sturdy and strong with no rips or stains so it was perfect to redo!
My supplies were inexpensive and easy to find at Michael's or Wal-Mart.. although I do recommend using a short nap, compact brush similar to what you see here.. it does make a difference..
Any textile medium can be used and this one suggests a mixing ratio of two to one, paint to medium.
Spray the fabric with water and just start painting! The first stroke is the hardest! icon Start with small sections, with even strokes. Go in one direction, then back over in the opposite. This works best wth velvet because it picks up the nap in all directions and deposits the paint evenly.
This is the first coat.. be sure to take a break, you'll find your arm tiring out otherwise! My shoulder is aching this morning cause I'm a glutton for punishment and continued All Day!icon
I then let this first coat dry and took a drive to Michael's!!I was looking for brads or something blingish... and I found these on clearance.. there for jewelry but were exactly what i was looking for! I just broke it and glued them to the existing button holes..
After sanding the first dry coat, I then applied another layer, swirling in the paint in the fabric.. then I simply painted the legs a nice silver you match the bling..
VIOLA!! I'm in love! If you sand in between layers.. it should end up feeling like canvas..
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  • Jacqui Jacqui on Nov 03, 2019

    While your chair looks very nice, I thot it wud b th lovely teal color I saw. Instead, it looks almost black. Did u mean for it to b so?

  • Jm011881828 Jm011881828 on Nov 04, 2019

    I would love to try this, but I'm very nervous about it! The chair I have is a mauve color which tells you how old it is and I'd like to paint it a cream. I'm concerned with going lighter. What do you think?

  • Bigley Deb Bigley Deb on Aug 18, 2021

    Do you have a video of the steps? I really don’t want to mess up.

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  • Sue Sue on Nov 17, 2019
    Looks so beautiful!!Question, when you say you sand it what kind of sandpaper do you use? Any tips when sanding?I've got an ottoman that's is screaming of color!Thanks!

  • Jessie Jessie on Nov 18, 2019

    I used 80 grit sandpaper.. good luck !