PAINTING UPHOLSTERY ~ a whole new look

Last weekend the LOML and I got a lot of fun stuff finished.  🙂

 

Remember the built-in bookcases we are working on in the family room.

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Notice the trim is not done. 

The LOML found this baby on Craigslist.

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The man he bought it from was kind enough to teach the LOML how to use, care for, and store it properly. He built a custom stand on wheels and side shelf that folds out to hold the wood while you cut.

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The LOML said the kind man's garage was something to envy. Very clean and organized. We're so not there yet 🙁

 

Using his cool new tool, the LOML cut the baseboard trim and the quarter round for the bottom cabinets. That will be tomorrow's post.

 

In another room, I was painting upholstery. I have a garage full of furniture that is old and out of date. One day, I was browsing Pinterest and came upon this cool idea.

Hyphen Interiors

 

What a great idea!!!! And it can save me a bunch of moola!!

 

Son #1 just moved into a new apartment and he asked if he could have a reading chair and ottoman that has been sitting in the garage for years. Guess what color it is?

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PINK!!!

 

That just won't do. So I remembered seeing the painting upholstery idea so I bought all the supplies at Michael's.

1) Acrylic satin paint in the color Olive Green by Martha Stewart,

2) A spray bottle full of water,

3) A paint brush,

4) Fabric medium,

5) Fine grit sandpaper.

I mixed 2 parts paint to 2 parts fabric medium to 1 part water. Daughter #2 stirred well.

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I vacuumed the chair and ottoman thoroughly. I divided the seat into sections. Daughter #2 sprayed the first section generously with water.

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I then painted a thin coat of paint mixture and brushed it into the fabric really well. I repeated with all the sections.

This is what it looked like after the first coat. It was UGLY!!

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This is after the second coat.

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This is after the third coat.

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For the fourth coat, I mixed the paint and medium but used a very little water. It was much thicker painting it onto the fabric. 

And the fourth coat!!

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It turned out really pretty! It was a lot of work and time but it sure was cheaper than buying a new chair. 

Have you ever tried painting furniture? It was my first time and I'll probably do it again!

 

Here's a little before and after. I love these!

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Thanks for coming by! Have a great weekend!

 

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Love y'all,

Linda

Comments

  1. What a great idea!! I didn't think you could do such a thing but that looks beautiful! I just might give that a try one, ahem, year. 🙂

    Loved the before and after pics, too!

    Hugs,

    Connie

  2. Love the new green! I bet your son is happy to be taking a green chair instead of a pink one as well! 

  3. I want to try this so badly.  But I don't have any old chairs to test it out on.  I would be afraid to do it on something new.  It looks great though.  I would love it if you would link this up to my link party that is going on right now.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com

     

    • Thanks Lauren~I wish I could say I don’t have any old pieces of furniture.My garage is loaded with pieces. I’m sort of a hoarder!! I’m linking up to your party now. Thanks for the invite. Have a great weekend!~Linda

  4. I might have to try that!  I have been looking for a set of wingback chairs on Craigslist for my office, but they're all so ugly and I'm not willing to tackle upholstering yet.  I hope your son likes them!

    • Thanks Britt~ It is a lot of work but worth it if you need a particular style and particular color chair. ~Linda

  5. This is brilliant!  I have an old camel back chair that is cordoroy material… I wonder how this application would work on that type of fabric?

     

    Thanks for sharing.

    Amy @ http://delineateyourdwelling.blogspot.com

  6. I tried painting our out door patio umbrellas. Not good! Your chair looks great! How much paint did it take?

     

    • Thanks Sharon~ I believe I used about 9 of the small acrylic craft paint bottles. It was a lot more work than I thought it would be but I’m glad I did it. I’m sorry your umbrella didn’t come out good. What do you think went wrong? ~Linda

  7. Hi Linda, 

    The chair looks great!  How does the painted fabric feel?  Is it still comfy?

     

    • Thanks Barbara~ To be honest, the chair wasn’t all that comfortable to begin with. That’s why it was in my garage. My son ended up buying a used couch instead so I put the green chair in our bedroom and I think it looks great. The paint made it a little bit harder than it was but I still sit in it and it feels fine. Thanks for reading! ~Linda