A few weeks back, my parents were at an estate sale and picked-up this little guy for me.
I loved the shape, but the green velvet simply had to go. Since I am not one who sews, reupholstering that cushion was not going to happen, so I knew I had to make it over with paint.
I grabbed some Plaster Paint in Sweet Cream, a good paint brush, a squirt bottle full of water, and some fabric medium. I used a 1:1:1 ratio using paint, water, and medium.
I went section-by-section, squirting each area with water, and then putting on a coat of paint. I continued this until the whole chair was covered.
I let it dry for 2-3 hours, and then I went over it again with another coat making sure to get in under all of the gathered areas.
Once this dries, do not be alarmed that your chair will feel really rough and crunchy.
Next, I took a sanding block and went over the entire chair lightly, which will remove some of the crunchiness.
I then worked some Paste Wax into the material and buffed it — which made it softer. Painting velvet will never be quite as soft as a normal flat material, but it is still soft enough to sit on comfortably.
I then painted the wood with Plaster Paint’s Flannel, and once that was finished, I dry-brushed some Sweet Cream over the Flannel to give it some depth.
I then sealed it using Plaster Paint’s Paste Wax and buffed it.
Head over to see my first painted chair here
Make sure you head to the linky party down below to see all of my friends projects too!
Wendi @ H2OBungalow says
You outdid yourself! I LOVE your chair makeover, especially with the colors you choose. You have vision too, because I would not have “seen” the potential in the chair before and yet it’s a knock-out!
Melody @ My Passion For Decor says
I cannot believe this is the same chair!! You’re magic!! Beautiful does not begin to describe this Shanna….absolutely fabulous!
Sharon Clements says
Love your chair! What an improvement!!
Thank you Sharon! Have a great week!
Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
Wow so stunning now, Shanna! It’s awesome that your parents keep an eye out for you too! I have been keeping my eyes open for a piece to paint, but no luck yet! Great job! XO
This is such a pretty makeover! I love your paint color choices. It’s great that you’ve figured out how to paint upholstery. I really want to try it myself and am waiting for the right piece to come along.
So lovely. I just love this make over . Well done .
Thank you Sharleen!
What a unique chair! And I love the color combo you picked for it, it’s beautiful! Painting fabric is still on my “to-try” list; you make it look so easy!
Marie@The Interior Frugalista says
Love the white and turquoise combination on this chair…talk about bringing it from drab to fab! As I type this I’m waiting for the first coat to dry on chair upholstery. Wow the pink chair you painted is fabulous too!
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
Love the chair Shanna! You did a great job…and that wood trim is so cool! 🙂
Gorgeous!! You really have me wanting to paint an upholstered chair! What an amazing transformation!
Kathy @petticoatjunktion says
I really have to try this Shanna. I’m going to keep my eye out for a chair. You’re makeover is gorgeous!!!!!
Thank you Kathy! Have a great week!
love Love LOVE!
Thank you Melinda!
Inquiring about painting a micro suede recliner…how much paint do you think it will take and what size fabric medium do you purchase? I know you said 1:1:1 of water, paint and medium..is that all in the same squirt bottle? Thanks in advance!
Hi Robin! I would say it would probably take a quart and a half of paint depending on how big the recliner is. On the chair that I did I used two medium size containers of fabric medium. The water, paint and medium are all mixed together in a plastic cup and I used a squirt bottle full of water to wet down the area before I paint on the mixture.
Wow! Incredible new look. I love the colors and the flair you added to your chair, Shanna.
I am inspired xoxo
I love how this turned out! I have an upholstered chair that was given to me that I’d like to try this on. What kind / brand of fabric medium did you use? Thanks for sharing your project!
Thanks Ashley! I used the Martha Stewart brand and I got it at Michael’s. Make sure you use their 40% online coupon so it isn’t so expensive. Good luck!
Wow what a difference! Does its work on all fabrics? I have a chair with that awful acrylic fabric it is like carpet, would the paint work on that kind of fabric?
Thanks Becca! So far I have used it on leather, smooth fabric and velvet and it has worked every time. I would guess that it would work on your chair too. Good luck!
Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says
What sweet parents you have, Shanna; scoring a cool chair for you like that. Great job! What a Beautiful makeover.
Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY) says
Man oh Man when I finally find a fabric chair to paint its gonna be because I was so inspired by YOU…
Those all turned out fabulous and you would never know that you didn’t re upholster them!
So far I’ve not painted an upholstery piece, but now I’m inspired! It turned out fantastic! Jeanette
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
Your painted chairs are just gorgeous!!! I can’t get over the change and with out the hefty price tag and effort of reuphostery!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
Shanna this turned out so pretty! A million times better than it used to look. Fantastic job!
Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says
Wow such an ornate chair. I love the lines of it and the colors you used look great. Love it!
What a transformation! You gave this chair a new lease on life while respecting its original lines and character. Just beautiful.
Kammy's Korner says
Ohhhh, I’m so totally in love! At first glance I was going to tell you that I’m too scared to upholster a seat back like that – then of course I read on…. 🙂 I’ve got an ugly colored chair sitting in my bedroom that I’m going to hopefully try painting in the next few weeks. I haven’t tried it yet so we’ll see if mine turns out as good as yours! 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday and I’m pinning this on the highlights board.
this doesn’t even look like the same chair! that is so amazing. i’ve painted a few chairs now and i am always nervous if they will turn out or not. this chair is beautiful. you nailed it. thanks so much for linking this up to our something to talk about link party. we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next week! have a great night, coco
So pretty! I love the white with blue!
Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life says
Love this makeover and your colour choices are lovely
I never new you could paint fabric like this! Definitely bookmarking for later 🙂
Wow, that looks so pretty! Great job!
Kammy's Korner says
Featuring this beautiful chair at tonight’s Trash 2 Treasure party. Thanks so much for linking it up and I’m going to hopefully be trying this soon on an old little chair that’s upholstery has seen better days but it fits me perfectly and I can’t part with it! 🙂
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says
Wow Shanna, that is a stunning chair! Happy to feature you at our party this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!
Cecilia MyThriftStoreAddiction says
Hello, I hopped over from Kammy’s Korner. Your chair is just gorgeous–great job! Blessings, Cecilia
Heather J says
The frame of this chair is so gorgeous. You totally gave this chair a makeover of a lifetime:) Wow!