After moving back to Tennessee our Grandmother gave us a few vintage furniture pieces, one of them being a wingback chair and ottoman. It’s nice, but not exactly the color scheme I’m going for in any of our rooms.
I really wanted to keep this chair in our bedroom, but I needed to change the color. For weeks I tried to find a chair cover to fit. I even ordered one from Ikea (and have yet to return it…woops). Nothing was close to fitting our “new” chair correctly. My next idea was to find a Pinterest tutorial to make my own char cover. I found a few, but they all looked challenging, time-consuming and the outcome wasn’t that great.
I was complaining about my chair situation to our cousin, Stephanie, one day and within a couple hours she sent me this link. She actually found a “Pin” that linked to directions for painting a fabric chair! I wasn’t sure how painting fabric would work… won’t it be stiff and uncomfortable? But, after reading the woman’s blog and tutorials. I decided to give it a shot.
I won’t bother giving you detailed directions because you will be better off following the directions on the original post. (Seriously follow her directions.) Here’s the gist of what I did.
- Clean the chair (vacuum and stuff)
- Spray with water (this step caused the process to go a lot slower because I had to wait for it to dry before adding any more coats)
- Mix a lot of latex paint and fabric medium (1:1), then add water
- Paint first coat
5.Go grocery shopping while first coat is drying and forget what you were doing. Spend the rest of the day catching up on Harry Potter and painting nails.
6. (next day) paint 2nd coat
7. Eat lunch while it dries, decide its too hot to finish project, go shopping with Mom-in-law instead
8. (next next day) Mix A LOT of acrylic paint and fabric medium (1:1), add a bit of water
10. Finish it with a final coat!
It took me a few days because I get distracted easily, but I’m really happy with the outcome. It’s not as soft as it once was, but it matches our room a heck of a lot better!
More “Crafting with Hilarie” coming soon!