How To Paint Upholstery

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Do you have a chair in great shape, but you hate the upholstery? Or, have you passed by perfectly good chairs at a yard sale or thrift store because you didn't like the upholstery?
It's an easy fix! Paint it!!! And, It's much less expensive than having the chair recovered. And, when done properly, it will be soft and supple just like fabric.
I found this chair at a local thrift store. It was in perfect condition, but the fabric was dated and the seat was faded. And, the best part, it only cost $7.50!
I started by misting the fabric with water. This will help the fabric accept the paint. A spray bottle from the dollar store works perfectly.
I chose the color, Gravel Road, from The Dixie Belle Paint Company. It's a deep, rich gray.
When painting with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint, it is best to use a damp brush.
I painted on three thin coats, allowed each coat to dry completely, then I sanded between each coat with a 400 grit sandpaper. Sanding is the key to keeping the fabric soft and smooth.
The finishing touch was done with Dixie Belle's Best Dang Clear Wax. This will also keep the chair soft, yet durable. And, when you factor in the cost of the chair, the paint (I used approximately 12 ounces), and the wax, I have a beautiful elegant chair that costs under $20!

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  • Carolyn Carolyn on Nov 08, 2020

    How does chalk paint differ from latex house paint, and can the latter be used to paint fabric?

  • Diane Diane on Dec 31, 2020

    My chair is stiff after painting. I think I may have deleted the paint with to much water. I’ve sanded etc. even vacuumed some of the paint and moisture. What is my

  • Jen Jen on Jan 18, 2021

    Is the fabric still soft after painting?? No transferring to clothing?? How do you think this would hold up in a RV? We are getting ready to remodel our RV & I HATE the upholstery, but this sure would save $$ if you could still sit, sleep comfortably on the chairs/pullouts! Thank you.


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