I Finally Painted Upholstery

8.14.2015

I have painted a lot of furniture and accessories, but I have never painted upholstery. That is until a few weeks ago I decided to just do it.

This was my victim subject. I love the size and style of this little chair and the cute legs, but the original color just about matched the walls in my master bedroom. 

I wanted it brighter and lighter so I painted it with some Amy Howard One Step paint that I had on hand in French Blue. This is a very pretty and pale blue.

With this paint you just water down the paint by about 20% and take Amy's large round paint brush and pounce the paint on like you would a stencil. This chair took two good coats and then I touched up some spots that needed a bit more.

Just let the paint dry about 30 minutes between coats. This job was really easy and rather quick and now the chair has a new look without paying for fabric and paying someone to upholster it.

I knew the fabric would be a bit stiff, but this chair is mostly for looks or I occasionally put my shoes on sitting on it. 

Oh, I almost forgot, I also painted the dark cherry legs with some Annie Sloan chalk paint® in Coco that I also had on hand.



Using what I had on hand I gave this tufted chair a whole new look and without costing me any extra.

You can see how the chair looked before in this post.

Have you painted upholstery?

I hope y'all have a fab weekend!


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39 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic.....I often wanted to try and paint a chair but was worried about losing the softness of the fabric....love the newly painted legs too!

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  2. I started painting upholstery in 2011 and you were kind enough to feature it...

    your chair looks great and if you decide you want it to look and feel softer- use a couple coats of Johnson car wax.. light coats and wiped well..

    enjoy your new chair.

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    1. Johnson car wax? does it rub off on your clothing?

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  3. that turned out very pretty. it doesn't look blue at all though. It looks white.

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  4. It looks amazing. I would be scared to death to try it but then I don't have any upholstered pices that we DON"T sit on:) Have a beautiful weekend!!!

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  5. Your chair turned out wonderful....I love the color. I have painted lampshades, picture mats and plenty of other things over the years but never a chair. Might have to try that now since yours is so pretty.
    ~Des

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  6. Awesome job! The chair looks great. I can see the blue ☺️🌻
    Have a great day.

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  7. A looks great! I have been too chicken to try it. Sheila

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  8. Well you can't tell at all,but what does it feel like,that is what i always wondered.Looks great,have a great weekend Kim.

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  9. Good for you trying this,and it turned out wonderful
    I have painted chairs before and they all still look good after 5 years using them
    The paint hasn't cracked
    like the choice of colors also

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  10. Oh, Kim - it looks awesome. I have never had the nerve to try it. I usually just sell and move on - I love you got the look frugally this time. Well done. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

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  11. In Nashville we use clear wax, then sand for a softer feel to the fabric.

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  12. painting upholstery! who knew, how stiff is it? totally unfortable or just like a new shoe?

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  13. Hi Kimmie! Oh, you did good. That is a very pretty chair and it does not look painted! You're a brave gal! Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  14. What a great makeover. I don't have any upholstered chairs to paint, but I would give it a try if I did.

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  15. What a great idea! Looks like a brand new chair.

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  16. Looks great Kim, when I did mine I ran the paint through the sprayer and it turned out fantastic. I do think I need to wax it to give it a better feel, more like fabric but that will have to be another time. Mine has held up well and it's where the dog sits.

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  17. I read where another did this and then sanded the fabric with very fine sandpaper to get some softness. Like the look tho.

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  18. I have painted a chair with A S chalk paint then waxed it. It feels a little like vinyl!

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  19. It looks really good! I haven't ventured down that road yet. I've been to worried that I would make a mess out of it:)

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  20. Love this Kim. I painted a chair with AS and then used wax to make it softer and it worked out great. Love the color and those legs are so sweet on this chair. Have a great week end.
    Kris

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  21. It looks great, Kim! Have a lovely weekend!
    Blessings,
    Pam

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  22. Kim, this looks very pretty! I'm not sure I could ever bring myself to paint upholstery since I'm not sure that I would care for the texture.

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  23. It looks great Kim! I have always been afraid to try this but yours makes me want to try. Have a great weekend!

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  24. I painted our dining room chairs with AS. They are not stiff but feel like soft leather. I was worried about them being that way but figured I could always reupholster. Thankful I did not have to. Your chair looks great Kim. I have some AH milk paint I bought last summer but still have not tried yet. Waiting for the perfect piece.

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  25. Great chair makeover. I have not tried this because of the stiffness issue. But I have a couple of occasional chairs that could use a coat of paint! You chair looks so pretty!

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  26. How funny! Just a few days ago I decided to try to paint a fabric lamp shade and t worked great. I love the light blue you chose for the chair.

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  27. Very pretty, Kim! I have not tried to paint upholstery but you have really got me thinking!!!

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  28. I've not done it myself, but you've inspired me to at least consider it for a bedroom chair much like yours. I remember seeing a sofa painted years ago on that show "Trading Spaces". At the time thought it might be an inexpensive way to redo furniture with having to reupholster. I love the results of your chair!

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  29. I have never tried it too Kim, but now that you did and it seemed simple, I might really soon too. Quick question, what was the original fabric of your chair? Thanks!

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  30. I have always wanted to try this Kim, a friend in Utah was selling there home, so she painted fresh white walls and white cabinets to help the sell, yet there floral sofa that she had no plans of taking to her new cottage was all wrong for the new updated cottahe look of the home they were selling, so she took the chalk painting her sofa and love sette to a soft french gray and I have to say it really looked great in the home, she said it did feel like sitting on canvas but it does soften up.

    Your chair is anoth example of upstyling fabric with a quick fix of just painting it... Is there anything you won't try that always ends up looking fabulousely amazing in your home?

    I am working soon on an armoire that has leather panels on the drawer and door panels I plan to distress them and paint the leather will see how it all turns out, the leather with have more of a wash of white washing to it in a bit of a greyish tone, wish me well with this challenge :)

    I am off to catch up on all that amazes me here.... I have been so busy with a home down at the beach for a client and keeping me from doing for myself, as well as enjoying visiting my favorite blogs.

    Xoxo

    Dore

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  31. It turned out just beautiful !
    And you've reminded me that I painted one of a set a while back and never got around to the second one
    Maybe I should try a little less water ( I went half and half of Annie Sloan ) because mine took 3 coats plus dabbing in areas a 4th time !

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  32. I love this Kim, you're so brave! I would have loved to have tried this with a chair I just donated...*sigh*

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  33. Beautiful! Love the color!

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  34. Your chair looks really nice and those little wheels on the bottom are oh so sweet. I have used AS paint on a few upholstered items. I first tried it on throw pillows I use on my covered front porch. The color and "look" turned out nice but I hated the feel of them and tossed them in the garbage. I later tried it on a rocking chair with an upholstered seat. I used wax on both the pillows and the chair. Again I hated the texture and feel of it even while sitting on it in jeans. I pulled that painted fabric off and now it is down to painted wood with a much better feel. If you have room for a cute chair you don't used often it may be OK but if you really want to feel comfortable on the fabric you may want to consider an alternative.

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    1. I sanded the chair lightly and now it is butter soft like leather.

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