Simply Spray Series – Painting Upholstery – Week 2

Simply Spray’s upholstery paint was something I considered when deciding what method I wanted to use to paint my chair.  However, I chose my method due to wanting a very specific color.  Simply Spray’s product only comes in 14 colors.


I’ve been asked many times about Simply Spray but could never answer any questions, having not used it myself.  Well, now I have!   And, we’ll talk about my experience(s) in this series.

We’ll be touching on things in this order, on Thursdays (other than this particular post which went up early).

Week 1 – Introduction
✓Week 2 – Painting a pillow from the original chair and comparing it to the original pillow
Week 3 – Painting pool umbrellas
Week 4 – Painting a patio furniture set
Week 5 – Conclusions

During these weeks, we’ll talk about the difference between Simply Spray and my method. And, then I’ll sum it all up in the end.

But, first, I want to point out that I added a new page (rather than post) devoted to painted upholstery.  It shows examples using my method.  If you weren’t convinced that you can paint upholstery, you may be once you see these examples!

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A couple of new chairs were added yesterday.

Can you believe so many people have tried painting upholstery using my method?   (And, not every chair I’ve gotten emails about is featured here.)  I sure can’t.  Thank you for giving it a shot and for sharing the outcome with us.  It’s amazing what some paint can do!  There are some amazing transformations on here, not only with my method.

On that page, I also list examples using other methods.  Mine is not necessarily the best method, as every situation is a little different.  I love showing various methods.

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And, at the bottom, I even added some examples of fails!  I figure it’s always good to know it doesn’t always work out and for you to see why it may have failed.

I hope this will be an easier reference for those of you considering painting upholstery.

Today, we will talk about my experience when I used Simply Spray to paint one of the original pillows from my first painted chair.

My original chair came with two pillows.  How lucky, huh?  I painted one prior to painting the chair.  It was my original experiment.  I had the second one left over, untouched, all this time.


So, I decided to use Simply Spray’s Caribbean Blue upholstery spray paint to paint it.  That way, I could compare the two pillows.


It went on smoothly, but there are a couple of tips.  Start spraying off the fabric and move on to it.  Smooth, steady strokes, holding the can about 8 inches away.  Spray all the way across and back off the fabric on each stroke.


When taking a break with these paints, it’s important to click the sprayer trigger back into it’s original position or it will clog up and you will not be able to finish the bottle.

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As you can see on the pillow, their Caribbean Blue is a very similar color to the Valspar Ocean Soul that I used on my chairs.  Just a little lighter and brighter.

I sprayed another coat for two coats, as this fabric took the paint very well.

The final pillows for a side by side comparison is below.  The one on the left is the one painted with Simpy Spray.  Pretty close match, huh?



I thought Simply Spray was easier to apply than my method, but only works if:
- You are going darker in color.
- You are not covering any dark stains, patterns or spots.
- The fabric is absorbent.

As mentioned in my first post, it’s essentially a dye.  One of the best parts for me is that it’s non toxic and didn’t really have a smell!  It’s safe for children and pets.

What about texture of the fabric?  It’s very soft.  You can barely tell it’s painted upholstery.  It is not stiff at all.

What about compared to the pillow that I painted using my original method?  That pillow has softened up a lot over 15 months, and is only a bit crisper (a bit like painted canvas) than the Simply Spray painted pillow.  So, there is a small but clear difference.

So far, it seems to be a good alternative if one of their 14 colors works for you.


How about an example of painted furniture using Simply Spray?

Better After had a great example this past week.  And, she’s doing a giveaway, so be sure to enter for a chance to win some Simply Spray paint!

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In case you are wondering, it took her 6 cans to do this chair.  So, at about $11.95 a can, that is $71.70 total.  That’s not super duper cheap.  But, you don’t have to buy fabric medium on the other hand.  In the end, it may run just a bit more than my method.  My method cost me roughly $55-65 per chair in materials, but I don’t have exact costs anymore.  Plus the cost of the actual chair.  However, with my method, if I had not used the acrylic paint for the last layer, it would have run closer to $30-35 for materials, possibly even less if you already have paint on hand (you can just use latex paint).

Having said that about cost, I do think Simply Spray is less risky since it doesn’t involve measuring out paint, fabric medium and water.  So, if you are going darker in color and like one of their color choices, it may be good for you to try!  At least that is my take so far…  but, I still have two more larger projects to try.  So, stay tuned.

Another fun example is from The Sassy Pepper, who also did a chair using my method.

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Just happens that she also used Caribbean Blue.  Looks great, huh?

What do you think about all of this?  Great way to upcycle?  Great way to update a piece of furniture for less, if you are on a tight budget?   Have you tried painting upholstery?  Is there painted upholstery out there that you have seen that I should include on my new page?

Stay tuned for the rest of the series!


P.S.  I am in no way compensated for this series.  Therefore, all information is unbiased and accurate, to the best of my knowledge.  I am not selling anything.  I make no money off of posting on painted upholstery – I just offer information to my readers.  Information was tough to find back when I originally researched methods, so I wanted to be sure to provide easy to find information to my readers, should they be interested.


  1. Thanks for sharing. My project will be done next week so I’ll be sure to link up.

  2. Kristy, I wanted to add that I still used the spray bottle of water and a paint brush to smooth my color into the fabric when I used the Tulip Spray Paint. I found that it worked much better that way. I used 4 bottles for 2 chairs.

  3. I haven’t had anything that would work for painting just just, but I’m so eager to give it a shot. Thanks for all of your tips!

  4. So looking forward to trying this, was just getting ready to pay 37 a yard plus other costs! I think you have saved me a fortune with all of your information, will be following!

    Thanks again!

    Will post pictures when i am finished.

  5. Hi-
    I have a wing back chair that is woven fabric with texture in the woven pattern design (meaning the way it is woven creates a design in the weave and more texture than just a flat piece of fabric). It is blue and white. Which method would you recommend with more of a texture in the fabric? Thanks!

    • I’m not sure. I think just be aware that the paint will have a harder time reaching all parts of the weave. So, you’ll likely want to work it in with your hands a lot. Any of these methods should work. I’d test it on the back of a cushion or some spot that you won’t see first, though.

  6. Did you spray the pillow with water before spraying your paint? Or did you just spray it right onto the dry pillow? Basically I’m just curious if there was any prep done to he pillow or if it was just as simple as spraying it on and letting it dry? Thank you! AMAZING job on that chair by the way! Very impressive!

  7. Is the finished product at all streaky or blotchy or does it look smooth and natural? Thank you!

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