Painting Upholstered Furniture!

October 4th, 2011 by zoe 8 Comments

Sometimes, partly due to my  Pinterest addiction, I get super caught up in the beauty and esthetic of things.

Yes, it’s inspiring to see so many cool things.

Yes, it’s a blessing to have access to so many beautiful images, places and spaces.

But sometimes I have to remember to just stay real — yes I can buy a white sofa, but NO I can not expect that sofa to STAY white. Yes, I can gussy up my house – but, NO I will not be able to give it an effervescent glow seen in the latest design magazine nor can I erase the evidence that two four year old boys dominate the interior design landscape around here!

I am always inspired by beautiful design and totally heart the latest  Styled online magazine, drool! I just try to make sure the inspiration is inspiring me rather than immobilizing me.

To keep myself in check I only buy fabric or supplies for ONE project at a time. No, I don’t have a fabulous stash of gorgeous fabric waiting to become several new quilts. And no, I did not buy every single color of glitter & chalk board paint from Martha Stewart’s updated craft line when I was buying the fabric medium for my latest project. Trust me, I wanted to!  But, aside from the simple truth that I can’t afford it – I also try not to overwhelm myself.

Obsessions are great if they propel you in the right dirrection and don’t make you (too) crazy! Speaking of obsession, I saw this tutorial and just HAD to try painting an upholstered chair!

Obsessed? Stay up all night painting a chair – crazy obsessed!

Here is what I started with …..

and after about $14 in paint, and a couple hours here is what I wound up with.

The arms  need another coat of paint and I’m still contemplating sewing a new cover for the cushion but overall I am crazy psyched with how it came out!

For the most part I followed the tutorial at Hyphen Interiors.

I did need quite a bit more paint because the color change was pretty dramatic. I bought one 6 oz. bottle of Martha Stewart Tintable Fabric Medium but if I were to do it again I would buy two. Also the fabric was a textured pattern so I found myself misting the chair with water heavily to get the paint to completely saturate the grooves in the fabric.

Who would have thought you could paint upholstered furniture!












8 Responses

  1. Kristy Swain says:

    WOW! Unbelievable. Fantastic post and that chair looks amazing! What a difference! I’m going to link to your post at the end of my tutorial. Thank you for the heads up!!

    • zoe says:

      Thanks Kristy – the chair was so tattered I wasn’t sure it was worth trying, but about half way through I started to get excited.
      Thanks again for sharing such a great idea!

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  3. Jena says:

    Does it make the chair’s fabric feel gross and scratchy?

    • zoe says:

      Jena, the chair is more industrial feeling now, like something from an airport or doctors office. I almost wonder if the velvet fabrics might stay softer.
      I think I would only do it on an accent chair rather than an everyday chair.
      Hope that helps,

  4. Jamie says:

    This looks so much better than before. I am just discovering this new “painting fabric” thing and, as I was looking at your chair I was wondering what you did with the scratches on the back corner of the chair?

    • zoe says:

      Jamie – I took small scissors and trimmed all the frayed and cat scratched strings that were hanging off as close to the fabric as possible. After it was painted they pretty much disappeared, in fact that is a big reason the chair looks soooo much better!

  5. Kristy Swain says:

    I just wanted to let you and your readers know that I posted your chair on my page with examples of painted upholstery! I linked right to you so they could find more information on your blog. Hope you don’t mind.

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