*NOTE: Since this post, I’ve compiled a bunch of painted chairs on this page and it’s a much better reference.
I thought I’d put most of my examples of painted upholstery in one post to make it a little easier on you all.
A few months ago, I painted the upholstery on a chair. It was a move I made after realizing how much it would cost to recover my Craigslist find (plus I wasn’t finding the perfect fabric). So, instead, to get the exact color I wanted, I just painted the fabric. I know, crazy.
Here it is before and after. You can find a full tutorial on my blog. I also painted the legs and added a little nail head trim for some bling.
It went well, so I painted a second chair in my home. The one above lives in my master bedroom, but the second one, below, lives in my studio/ craft room. This time, I used acrylic only instead of latex and acrylic like in the first one.
They are indeed harder (like painted canvas) than they were prior to painting them, but since we use them lightly, it was no big deal to us. Plus they were both Craigslist finds.
After posting the tutorial, readers began to try the technique. In this economy, it sure does help save some money! Here are some of their ventures. The good and the bad!
The famous Young House Love tried it on some chairs, but didn’t have a great experience. They found it to be too thick. However, I kind of like them. Perhaps she didn’twater down the paint enough (meaning maybe even a little more than I say in the tutorial). That is key. In the end, she slip covered the chairs and they look fabulous!
Then, another oops, we had the hilarious Jane from Jane’s Junk and Treasures try it. She didn’t read the directions and just started painting a stool she found at Goodwill with latex paint. Didn’t go so well.
Now that we’ve seen the bad and ugly, let’s talk about the successes.
It worked well for Lindsay at Sadie and Stella. I love her color choice.
How about the awesome pink chair that Anneke from Rustic Chic painted?
Or, the chair that Emily at Crisp Interiors painted?
Then there is this dreamy chaise that the girls at Me and Jilly painted.
What did it look like before?
I know, can you even believe it?
And, the most recent is this one from Penny for Penny.
There are a few others on my blog if you visit the tutorial link (they are linked at the bottom).
What about others who have tried different painting techniques? Remember how I said Jane just slathered on the paint? Well, so did these girls at Fine and Handy. They were just painting this sofa to have as a prop at a birthday party, so it wasn’t a huge deal to them.
What color was it before? Green!
And, most recently, I found a vinyl sofa, on Johnny in a Dress, that a girl spray painted.
Before painting it, it was black!
Many ask about dying fabric. I’ve only ever dyed a shirt and it didn’t go well for me, but in the end, Young House Love dyed slip covers for their chairs and it worked for them.
And, this lady sprayed Rit Dye on her chair. Here it is before and after.
I personally chose the paint route due to the color selection. I could pick any color I wanted whereas spray paint and dye are very limited with colors.
That ends our journey through examples of painted and dyed upholstery. You can follow each link to find out more about the techniques used. I hope you enjoyed it! It’s the first time that I’ve put them all on one post on my blog!
Let me know if you try any of the techniques!