Another Reader Painted a Chair

I still get quite a bit of traffic to the painted chair posts, so I thought those readers may want to see more of what painted upholstery looks like.  Another reader sent me photos of her chair.  Kara painted a faded chestnut brown wing back chair a dark espresso brown using my tutorial.

Here it is before and after.

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Looks great!

Kara had one small change to the tutorial.  She used a rigid brush (like for suede shoes) to brush the fabric rather than sandpaper. 

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When asked if it is is crunchy or hard, Kara said it’s definitely not crunchy hard.  She described it like painted canvas.

Thanks for sharing, Kara!  Check it out on her blog.


Note:  At the bottom of the tutorial post, there are links to others who have tried this project.  I’m not yet sure of a better way to organize that. 


  1. Christina L. de Armas

    wow the chair came out beautiful!

  2. Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures

    Arrrrrrrr NO FAIR!!!!


  3. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle

    That turned out beautifully. It must be nice to know that your tutorial inspired so many people.

  4. Kim@Chattafabulous

    Yay! Another success story – aren't you proud?

  5. Fash Boulevard

    wow. i love it. definitely happy I found your blog. I'm a new follower, I hope you will as well. I started my blog a little over a month ago. It's all about celebrity fashion from the point of view of an LA stylist. Stop by to see multiple post a day on all the latest celebrity fashion news. Would love your support. xoxo

  6. elizabeth@themustardceiling

    Looks great! It is amazing the difference. I'm headed over to check out her blog now.

  7. Thanks everyone! I really do love my chair and thanks to Kristy for such a great project!!

  8. Diana Manister

    Hi Kara. I found you via Kristy. I am wondering why you chose a brush instead of sanding. I'm guessing that sanding works best for a smooth leather-like effect, but a brush would fluff up a plush fabric. Also, with sanding I guess it has to be vacuumed to get out the grit and fabric debris?

  9. Hi Diana – I don't really know why I chose a brush. (I think maybe I was worried about sanding away fabric. But that isn't really something to worry about.) As I was painting, I think it just popped into my head as I started the second and third coats, that a brush would soften up the fabric like suede shoes when they get dirty or wet. And I had one handy – so that's what I did. Hope that helps. Kara

  10. Hi–Love this idea, but was wondering if you had heard from anyone about a wingback chair that is printed on the front & solid velvet on the back…The arms of the chair are very worn & I need to do something with it as it’s my mother-in-law’s…


    • No, I sure haven’t. I’d try two different colors that way it looks like it should look a little different on each side. The worn part of the arms won’t paint up quite as well. But, if you have nothing to lose, go for it!

      • There is always Simply Spray paint made for upholstery, but there are limited color choices – so depends on what colors you like.

  11. I have two loveseats that I want to paint with big buffalo check pattern. Has anyone ever painted a check or stripe pattern on a chair?

    • Stripe, yes. But, the general rule is if you can feel it, you continue to see the texture. If you cannot feel it, it will cover…

  12. Wonder if this would work on a recliner and carpet?

    • A recliner should be like any chair and work fine, but you will have to be sure to paint it in all positions so nothing is missed. Carpet… I’m not so sure that would be good. Simply Spray may work if you are desperate, but it will not hide stains or go to a lighter color – only to a darker color than the original. Hope that helps.

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