Here is a recap of my experience painting upholstered chairs.
Final chair pic:….pretty nice! Now to hear about the pros and cons.
The before….not too bad, but the fabric was OLD and faded and pretty tattered. I have 2 of these chairs. Each was $5 at a yard sale, so they were the perfect candidates to practice on.
Latex black paint and fabric medium (bought with a 40% off coupon at Hob Lob). Some websites said to mix the paint and fabric medium 1:1, but the bottle of fabric medium said 1 part medium to 2 parts paint, and I’m cheap, so that’s what I went with.
From what I read, you’re supposed to take a squirt bottle of water and squirt while you paint. I painted and squirted, and painted and squirted, for about 4 nights! Oh my! It took 2 quarts of black paint and bottles of fabric medium!
The fabric I was painting is old and very worn in some spots, but it is also sort of a berber carpet feel and therefore I had to jab my brush in all the little spots, and repaint and repaint! I still need to repaint! I think the next experiment will be spray paint for fabric!
You can see below where the paint didn’t cover well enough. No matter how many times I painted, there still seemed to be a lighter color showing through. This picture was taken after my 1st coat. It was MUCH better after my 3rd and 4th coats, but I still see spots of variation. I don’t think anyone else would notice them at this point though.
The only other problem came when I painted TOO much in some spots that were very worn. If I did this, it would look like a chair that was painted! Very slick looking. Although it doesn’t flake at all, and most the chair feels stiff, but not like I painted it.
So here’s the finished product. I’m not sure I would paint any “nice” furniture (although according to the internet, many people have had success doing so. Probably depends on the fabric), but for these ugly chairs, I think it was a nice improvement for $20.
(The lighter spots you see are actually less visible in person, so don’t let that deter you).
I think these chairs may get moved to each end of my dinning room table with some chevron B & W pillows!