The Painted Chair
The Living & Dining Room Project Continues…
A couple weeks ago in a post I mentioned that one of several DIY projects I was excited to tackle was to paint this living room chair. Yes, that’s right, paint!
It has solid bones and the style is classic and timeless but after almost 30 years of wear and tear it needed to be updated. Originally I looked into having this little guy reupholstered but when I heard the estimate at $600 to $800 (and picked my jaw up off the floor), I decided we would have to find another way.
I while back I saw this gorgeous painted chair by Kristy Swain at Hyphen Interiors and decided this was a much cooler and much more inexpensive way to go. Here is another picture of her finished product!
Is this project easy?
Yes! This process was more tedious than difficult. The hardest thing about it was making sure the spray paint cans didn’t get clogged and keeping the color even. My chair took many coats to get the color right where I wanted it; about 6 coats in all.
The Process is Simple
Off I headed to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if they had the paint I’d need. They did! It’s called Simply Spray Fabric Paint. You can see it’s clearly labeled “for upholstery.” It was $13.77 a can (including taxes). However, if you go to joann.com and check their coupons, they have some pretty terrific deals that are ongoing. I used both their “20% off the entire purchase” coupon as well as their “40% off one item” on the same order and saved about $40 on 12 cans of spray paint! Just bring your phone into the store. Totally worth it!
I originally wanted to paint the chair black but ended up settling on their charcoal grey color. I wanted to ease the sharp contrast of the black with something slightly more subtle and the grey fit the bill.
I started by testing the paint in a small spot on the underside of the cushion. I figured, worse comes to worst, it would be hidden if I decided this project was a no-go. I sprayed and prayed and it worked! I was thrilled! The chair is velvet and the paint took with virtually no issue. TIP* -Make sure to test paint the fabric on your chairs as this will be crucial to your success.
I started by cleaning the entire chair with a lint roller, lint brush, and finally a vacuum. This is a necessary step to keep the final product looking awesome.
Once I was satisfied with the cleanliness aspect, I began to paint. I started with the cushion. Painting was pretty easy. It was a matter of finding an open air place to paint, testing the spray paint (TIP*- Do not skip this step-Seeing how the can worked before spraying it on the chair became essential. There were a few cans that were defective and it was a pain to have to go back and repaint the spots to get an even coverage.*) and getting an even coverage. The bottle said to keep the can 6 to 8 inches away from the furniture but they didn’t account for wind. I ended up needing to get much closer.
Here is the cushion after 3 coats.
Before moving on to the rest of the chair, I let the cushion completely dry to see how dark the final color would be and how it felt to the touch. It did felt slightly more rough which is to be expected but certainly not uncomfortable.
I then moved on to painting the rest of the chair. Before I could start, I wanted to protect the chair’s legs so I wrapped them in plastic grocery bags making sure to cover the top of each leg with Frogg Tape. Sophisticated right?! 🙂 Frogg Tape offers better protection than the blue painters tape in my experience.