I remember the first time I saw someone paint upholstery. I was watching TLC’s Trading Spaces with my mom YEARS ago and one of the designers painted a couch. My mom and I both gasped. “You don’t paint upholstery!”
Lately I have seen a ton of tutorials for it. It seems to have gained popularity. Most tutorials have a lot of steps and seem complicated. I have very little patience and if I was going to try it out I wanted it to be simple.
Back when I was doing my one year anniversary giveaways I was working with DecoArt. I discovered that they have a paint made specifically for fabric called SoSoft. Now, I have used their fabric paint medium for a LOOOONG time and I love it but I had never tried their new SoSoft paint. I contacted them and asked if I could try it out.
Remember that $5.00 chair I got from the ReStore? Well, I painted it :)
Just a reminder of what it was before….
I used the color called Indian Turquoise and then I mixed it with Grey Sky.
Here is how I did it:
1.First of all, upholstery fabric is thicker than regular fabric. So I watered the paint down a little to help it sink in.
2.I used a foam brush to apply it. A regular brush would work too. I used what I had on hand. Keep it pretty thin. The heavier the coat, the stiffer it will be when it dries.
3.The key to making this work was after I brushed it on, I got a terry cloth wash rag and rubbed it into the fabric. I really worked it in there. I rubbed in every direction. If it sits on the surface it will be stiff. If you are worried that you got too much paint in an area, then get a wet rag and rub with it.
That is basically it. Because this chair was velvet, after rubbing it into the fabric I did wipe the rag all in the same direction so it would dry laying the same way.All in all it took about 20-30 minutes. I let it dry over night before sitting on it.
I am happy with how it turned out. It obvioulsy is not as soft as the original velvet, but it isn’t crunchy like I thought it might be. The main problem is that you can’t throw it into the washing machine to soften it up. Like I said, I have painted fabric for a long time (pillows, blankets, etc) and after being washed they soften up even more. Maybe I will scrub mine with soapy water or something to test it out. Who knows!
*** UPDATE: After a few days of sitting n the chair the seat really softened up! It felt like the original fabric. Seriously. So I got to thinking, how could I get some wear on the rest of the chair? I decided to SAND it! I did! I used sand paper and went over the whole chair. I didn’t over do it because I didn’t want to damage the fabric, but it totally worked. The whole chair is soft :)***
*Oh, another thing to consider is the color of the original upholstery. If you have a black chair, you probably won’t get it to turn a perfect white. This chair was gold and I think the blue was the teeny tiniest greener because of it. Just a thought.
But I love it! I can’t wait to add it to my office. Which is coming along nicely :) I also stained the legs with Minwax’s Gel Stain and sealed it with Minwax’s Wipe-on Poly.