After having sick kids for the last two weeks, this project took me much longer then I intended! I am proud to say that my chair makeover is finally done!
I found this beauty at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I am lucky enough to live near three ReStore locations. I had been looking for the perfect chair. I needed something cheap enough to experiment on, so for $5 I couldn’t pass it up!
The Experiment?…I found this tutorial from Kristy at Hyphen Interiors for painting upholstery! I have never messed with upholstery (too many staples for me). So when I saw that you can paint it… I had to give it a try.
- Latex Paint
- Acrylic Paint
- Fabric Medium (I used Martha Stewart’s Fabric Medium from Michaels)
- Water Bottle
For mixing your paint & frabric medium you will want to follow the directions on the bottle.
I started by spraying the chair with water. Kristy’s tutorial really explains the importance of this step. You will want the chair to be very moist. Then apply a thin coat of latex. After that dries, repeat the process but this time do a thin coat of acrylic paint. Repeat until you have the coverage you want.
This is the after:
I love the way it looks … but it is too stiff. My paint was too thick on the last two coats of acrylic. You can tell in this picture that its definitely not a comfy chair…
For the body of the chair I mixed up my own chalk paint in Tsunami Grey. Then I distressed, glazed, and waxed. One day this chair may be an upholstery experiment… but for now it was a good learning and experience and a great photo prop!
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