I bought this chair off the online classifieds for my area. It was brand new. The owner got it home and realized it didn’t fit their space like they had hoped. I got it for around $50. I bought it thinking it was white but when Shane brought it home I realized it was in fact tan. Tan was not going to work. I play around with the idea of upholstering it in a white fabric but after thinking on it for a month or so finally came to the realization it needed to be a COLOR.
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After thinking on it for another month or so I knew that the perfect color was navy! The master plan is to get this thing upholstered in navy velvet. I have seen so many blue velvet chair and sofas popping up all over and I am obsessed. But before I spent what could be a lot of money on upholstering it in a bold color, I wanted to make sure that was the correct choice for my space. That is why I decided to paint the current upholstery.
I have painted upholstery before so I knew what I was getting into. If you remember, I painted my office chair several years ago. It was a similar fabric in the fact that it was a little on the rough side already. Paint was not going to make that much of a difference on the textured fabric. Unlike last time, I used a paint sprayer. Oh man! It made it go by so much FASTER!
When painting fabric you need to either thin it down or add a fabric paint medium. Since you need to thin down the paint for the sprayer anyway it worked out perfectly. Once I sprayed and area, I rubbed my hands all over it to work the paint into the fabric more. In the past I have also used a rag for this step. By doing this you also can see where it needs more paint. My fabric had these skin tag like bumps (gross, I know, but now you know exactly what I mean!) all over and I was able to paint all of them by rubbing different directions.
It dried rather quickly too since I did not use a ton of paint. I think it looks perfect and will work great until I can afford to have it reupholstered in velvet!
Since painting the office chair 4 or 5 years ago I have received more emails about that project than about any other project. Here is my take on when you should or shouldn’t paint upholstered furniture…
Don’t paint it if it is a dark color and you are going for a really light color.
Keep in mind that the existing color (whatever it may be) may change the color of the paint you are applying such as if you paint a yellow chair blue, it will be on the greenish blue side.
I personally would not paint a piece of furniture bigger than a side chair. But if you want to tackle a bigger project than you go for it!
I would not paint something that has a soft fabric and is meant to be a cozy place to sit. The paint will make the fabric stiffer. Even if it is only a little bit, it will affect the coziness of the piece.
I would paint something small that already has a rough or stiff texture. And I would paint a piece that would otherwise end up in the dump and by painting it, it gets a new life.
As far as how much paint you need, it depends on the brand of paint, how much you thin it, the color of paint you chose VS the existing color of the piece, the texture and type of fabric it is, and how big the piece of furniture is that you are painting.
For this chair I filled the canister on the paint sprayer and did not use it all. On my office chair I used fabric paint in the small bottles and it took about 8 bottles.
Today I get to give away a paint sprayer to one lucky reader! Then you can paint all the things… even chairs :)
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