How to Paint an Upholstered Chair

$15
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After reading a few posts about painted upholstery, I thought it might be fun to try it myself. Here is the process I used to paint an old slipper chair.
Supplies:
Latex satin paint - I used leftover from paint from our bathroom re-do.
Fabric medium - this stuff is usually located in the painting section with acrylic paints and brushes.
Painter's tape
Stiff-ish bristled paint brush
Spray bottle with water
200 grit sand paper - I didn't end up using this, but you might need it to gently sand away fuzzies, depending on the type of fabric your piece is covered in.
Mixing container with a lid
Drop Cloth
I mixed up a batch of fabric paint by combining one part medium, one part paint, and two parts water.
I sprayed the fabric with some water, rubbing it in a little. This gets the fabric ready to absorb the paint mixture.
I worked my way around the chair, covering it with the fabric paint mixture. For corners and seams, like the piping around the seat, I used my fingers to work the paint down into the cracks.
Here's how the chair looked after one coat of the fabric paint mixture.
I let the paint dry for about twenty four hours and then applied another coat.
Here's the chair it looked after two coats of fabric paint. I let it dry for several hours again, and then applied another coat.
Here's how the chair looked after a third coat. Overall, the process is very easy and inexpensive to do. It gave the upholstery a leathery, kinda sticky feel so it's not something I would recommend doing to a large peice you use everyday. However, for accent pieces and small surfaces I think it's great!
There are more photos and detailed instructions in the blog post.

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  • Vi Vi on May 16, 2016
    I love the chair but am obsessed with the throw pillow- did you buy it or did you make the pillow as well?

  • Joni A Solis Joni A Solis on Jun 17, 2016
    Nice job on the painted chair but I also want to know more about the lovely pillow. Did you create it?

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  • Glennis Glennis on May 26, 2015
    Thanks for posting this. Love it!

  • Charlotte Charlotte on Feb 24, 2016
    I also painted an upholstered chair. It was a huge rocker/recliner. I used a clear wax on the fabric when I was done and it softened the fabric. Guests do sit in the chair and have no idea it was painted. Great color choice. I plan to do another chair and use a brighter color paint.

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