Can I use fabric paint on the chairs? ?

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I want to update my table using a paint technique. I’m not sure what to do with the chairs...... buy new or somehow update them as well.  Can I change the color of the leather with fabric paint/stain or some other medium?

q can i use fabric paint on the chairs
q can i use fabric paint on the chairs
q can i use fabric paint on the chairs

The finish I am going for. So a darker color on the leather in the chairs would work.

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  • Tere Tere on Aug 12, 2018

    The chair seat pads should remove easily. If the back panel of the chairs pop off easily, why not just remove the old and recover w/a new fabric?

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Aug 12, 2018

    I don't know if you'd be happy with paint long term, Michelle. Maybe if you never sat on them? But if you do use them - the paint will likely crack and wear off and not look good for long. Sorry if you're disappointed! These might be best to recover them with new fabric - if the panels pop off you're in luck and the choices are endless! :)

  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 13, 2018

    Michelle, if that is real leather you can take the seats off and change the foam first. You would want to do that because it looks like the foam has worn down. You can get the foam online or Joanns sells it. Make sure it is sturdy enough to wear well. I cannot see how the backs are attached so you will have to figure dismantling them. It may be stapled in behind the welting in the front. If you decide to keep the leather you CAN paint or re-stain it. Google has tons of info on that. If you decide to reupholster with fabric try not to destroy the leather and use it for a pattern and save the leather for another project. Good luck :)

  • G G on Aug 13, 2018

    I agree with the other comments. You can paint or stain them but it’s better to take them off & recover if you can. Painting them the paint might crack over time & staining them might not come out the way you want depending on the wear of the leather. Nice table & chairs! I hope you post again with whatever you decide to do.

  • LibraryKAT LibraryKAT on Aug 13, 2018

    Also agree with the other comments. It's the smoothness of the leather that is a problem. Woven fabric has tooth and the paint or stain sinks in. The leather doesn't do this and the color would sit on top. Good luck and please post a photo of your finished project. :-)

  • Deborah Deborah on Aug 14, 2018

    Darker would work, but a natural linen would work as well and look more current.

  • Shireen Holtak Shireen Holtak on Sep 09, 2018

    What about leather dye which you can paint on, if you can get it. We use it on leather shoes. (for a quick fix) Instructions are usually in the box but you may have to buy from a leather shop in bulk.)