So… I am not much for doing upholstery. I can do quick little jobs that are easy but I scored these chairs off of Facebook Marketplace a while back and while I love the style of chair, I wasn’t really particularly in love with the fabric.
Upholstering these chairs would just be way to big of a task for me and to have it professionally done would be super expensive. I did a little research and I discovered that you can actually paint fabric with Country Chic Paint!
So today, I am going to walk you through the steps of how it’s done.
First things, you want to make sure your fabric is clean. It’s wise to give it a good once over with a vacuum. Before you start to paint, make sure that your fabric is a tight weave fabric. If its too loose, the paint may just soak right in or through and you won’t get good results.
Also, before you begin you want to make sure that you stir and shake your can of paint really well. I have decided for my project, to go with Country Chic Paint in the shade, Cheesecake.
Tape off the area of your chairs around the fabric so you don’t get any paint on the actual chair.
Before applying your paint, spray down the entire fabric surface with water. It doesn’t need to be soaking wet, just damp. This will help the paint spread more smoothly and help to avoid that crunchy feeling once it dries.
Before the water dries, begin applying your first coat of paint. Keep in mind that the tighter the weave, the less paint the will soak into the fabric. If you find that the paint is drying too stiff for your liking, there are fabric mediums on the market which you can mix in with the paint to help soften the feel.
To achieve a more opaque look, give the first coat about 1 hour to dry, then apply a second coat.
When your chair is dry and you are happy with the look, you can enjoy your new furniture!
Now, on a side note, a lot of people are against painting fabric on furniture because the paint can fade really fast — especially in a room where the sun shines straight through your windows. This could be a concern to consider. I have a large bay window at the front of my house and we get a ton of sun through this window.
I was worried about the effect this would have on my chairs and my furniture in general. I would like to take just a minute and tell you about some pretty awesome blinds that have taken away some of the worry of UV rays coming my windows.
I have installed the Somfy Motorized blind system in my front window. These blinds, I can set on a schedule so that they lower and open automatically whenever I want. So I can set a schedule so that my blinds close when I know the sun is going to be beaming through my window — I don’t even have to be home!
There are many other amazing benefits to these blinds and if this is something that interests you, you can read all about it in this post here. In this post I go into full detail about these incredible blinds from Somfy.
Also, here is a quick video you can watch that shows the blinds in action!