Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Can't Hurt to Try

Awhile back I decided to remove a slipcover from a chair that was a part of our living room menagerie. It had sat there looking okay - could of been better. I bought it because of it's vintage appeal, but the satin fabric had seen better years. It once had been prettily striped in multi-hues. Nail head trim graced it's curves. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the chair in it's original state. It was time for a make over.  Since I had nothing to lose - I could either reupholster, or re slipcover, I decided to try and paint the fabric!

Spray paint for fabric comes in a small can at a large price.  I just went for it and used plain old spray paint from Home Depot.

I was careful not to spray heavily, letting the fabric dry outside between coats. The satin seemed to take the paint very well. A stripe pattern still even shone through. I forgot to mention that my first step was to paint the small amount of wood an off-white. I then taped off the wood. I did NOT tape the nail heads, I went ahead and painted them black along with the fabric. I love the look!

Next I decided to stencil the back of the chair with an off-white paint.

In the end I also added a tiny touch of color. I used a Q-tip to paint the few buttons on the inside back a dark red.

  I'm intimidated, yet may still link this post to another blog that is asking for any DIY projects. This is one of the few that I've kept any progress photos of... sure wish there were that original, before shot! I surely have alot to learn about this blogging, photo, design stuff! And I love the learning process!

**** On Cinco de Mayo - I linked this post to The Inspired Room - cuz the topic was: You can do more with paint than the walls! That's for sure! Go look over there and see all of the lovely!


  1. WOW!!! Absolutely stunning! I never even thought of fabric paint. So impressive!!! I love it!

  2. Wonderful idea...as the saying goes...you learn something every day! I am excited to try painting an easy chair that does not match my decor. Like you said, I can always cover it if I don't like it!

  3. Wowzie!!!! Love this. Now I'm thinking 'bout all those chairs at the thrift store. Hmmm. . . you've inspired me! And I found you at The Inspired Room, lol!

    There is a paint called 'DesignMaster'. Used to use it for flowers, but it works on fabric too. Michael's usually carries it and it doesn't cost anymore than Krylon.

    But, hey, I like yours just the way it is :)

  4. It looks great! How does the fabric feel?