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My Second Painted Chair – Revealed!

I tried my hand at painting another chair!  This was also a purchase on Craigslist for the same price – $60.

Here is the second painted chair before and after!  (I am sorry I didn’t get the best before photo.  I forgot to take the time to take photos, as I was eager to get started.)

chairbefore chairafter

If you are wondering what the previous painted chair looked like, it is below.  I used the same color scheme this time, but no nailhead trim.

chair before 1chairbigafter

The differences with the second painted chair were:
– The second chair was not velvet.
– The second chair is textured.
– No nailhead trim.
– I skipped the latex paint layers.
– I changed the color to a whole new color rather than staying in the same color family.
– I did not sand it since this time the fabric was fairly smooth and was not velvet.

– I did go through a LOT of acrylic paint since I skipped the latex phase.  I used 14 4 oz bottles of acrylic paint. (I mixed my own color in acrylic paint, using the same colors as last time.)
– It worked just fine with very little end difference.  The texture and saturation were about the same as with the first chair.
– The key seems to be wetting the fabric down and majorly watering the paint down to where it’s near (not quite) the consistency of milk.
– Do multiple thin layers.  I did three layers in the end, but two may have sufficed.
– Keep the paint wet as you blend it.
– Let it dry fully between layers.
– Texture was no problem.

You can paint over texture and probably most any fabric type just fine as long as you are patient and use thinned out paint and multiple layers.

More photos are below.  The first one is just after I started to paint and realized I didn’t have a great before photo!




For a full tutorial on painting the upholstery on a chair, visit my tutorial post.  There are also links to other painted chairs at the bottom of that post.


Update 6/24:  Posted the reveal of the studio/ craft room which is where this chair lives now.


  1. If you don’t need an entire quart of paint for this project save money and get a sample jar custom mixed at your request.

    • That is so true, but note that most paint places actually use a different recipe for samples so it’s not quite the same paint quality.

  2. I want to paint the interior fabric lining of an old camper van. This is badly stained. I notice the pattern of the fabric shows through on your chair. Would stains show through?

    • I’m not sure since I didn’t deal with stains myself. But if you look on the page marked Chairs, I think there may be examples of some with stains. I’m not certain. :)

  3. I would consider using a better quality or what artists would snobbily call a “true acrylic paint” meaning an artist level of acrylic paint bought at a Blick’s or even at Michael’s. They are easy to ID- they come in tubes, not those little bottles. The paint is thicker so it would spread further but, most importantly, the colors are much more vibrant. Even the Blick’s brand name “student grade” paint would be much better. You wouldn’t need to go with a professional level, of course, and the price of Artist Loft (from Michael’s) or Blick’s (from Blick’s retail or online store) would not cost more as the tubes are much larger. You will find that the colors are far more vibrant and more than likely could be stretched further. Those little bottles of “acrylic” paint you can get at Walmart or some craft stores for $.99-$2.99 contain far too much water already and do not have as strong of pigments as the acrylics I mentioned.
    Plus they combine well to make other colors and there are books with recipes to get specific color results!
    Happy Painting!! LOVE the chairs!!

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