Unless you are a junker, like me, you might not appreciate the presents I get from my friends. Recently I got a load of treasures from a friend that included this fleshy colored velvet wingback chair.
The chair was solid, there were no tears in the fabric and it wasn’t even too worn. I knew it would work for a project I had in the back of my mind for a while. I saw this amazing pink couch a while back. The company ( Faux Real Design Company) rents the couch out for showers, photo shoots, etc. I could not believe it when I learned the couch had been painted.
I have been thinking about painting furniture ever since I saw this over the top couch. I would never in a million years want it in my house full time but what a fun piece for a photo shoot or a shower. Ashley at Faux Real did not use the same paint I did, and her couch is frankly much softer, but after a lot of searching online I did discover you can paint fabric with latex paint and something called fabric medium.
I knew when I saw this beauty that teal would be the only thing that would make me happy.
I chose Behr Real Teal. I bought the fabric medium at Hobby Lobby. It is mixed one part medium to one part paint. I bought three bottles using my 40% coupon three times.
You mix the fabric medium to paint 1:1 and spray down the fabric with water between each coat of pant. I got a cheap water
I will admit that the chair looked terrible after one coat of paint. I was a little terrified.
The photo above is of the chair all sprayed down with water.
The paint goes on very thin and looks very transparent on the first round. (I was more than a little worried at this point.)
It dries more opaque, but as you can see above, the first coat was splotchy.
It took three coats of paint to get the solid look I wanted. I decided to go wild with the legs. Lime green. the guest room can handle the color because it makes sense there.
I also added at lime stencil to the back of the chair.
Here is the chair in the room.
I wouldn’t say that the finished fabric is soft, but it is no rougher than burlap of canvas. I definitely does not feel like velvet any longer.
See? In this room a teal chair with lime legs doesn’t look crazy. Right?
This is some art work in the room.
Do you see the colors?
This year our fall dance theme was glow in the dark. The kids designed the photo booth space and I knew exactly what it needed to add some fun…
Yes, you can paint fabric.
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I hope you have a wonderful day.