PAINTING UPHOLSTERY - french chair


I did it ....
I painted a whole chair from the frame to the upholstery.
Everybody else is doing it why not me.
Okay seriously I have painted fabric before but just not to this scale.
I also had not found the right chair and upholstery to work with.
I purchased the chair at a second hand store and the upholstery was all intact,
however the seat fabric had large water marks on it. So a painting I went ...






I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Colors, FRENCH LINEN on the frame and OLD WHITE on the fabric and trim. The fabric took 3 coats with a brush but it's super smooth now like leather. I did not put any additives in the paint.




This fabric is a very heavy weight tapestry fabric and took the paint better than any I have worked
 with in the past. Velvet sucks the paint in like crazy and I don't advise painting it unless you like
spending money. Drop cloth is rough when you paint it but you can sand it smooth. I used the paint
 straight from the can. Different fabrics would need different paint consistencies.


I learned this time around to paint the upholstery first before the frame. 
Do as I say not as I do! 


The wood frame has straighter edges than the fabric making it easier to paint the frame last.




And YES I waxed it all once dried! Same procedure, apply wax, remove excess, then buff.
I am very excited about the possibilities in the future, however I don't think I would
want to paint a piece that you might want to lay on such as a sofa or love seat.
I think this is best saved for occasional and dining chairs.


She is completely washable and if need be re-paintable in the future.

UPDATE: we used the chair for a month in our home, then the chair was used for a couple more months as a demo for painting fabric, then it was sold and used in a normal living room every day.

UPDATE AGAIN: the paint on the upholstery has not cracked since it was first done and
it has now been over 18 months. Because so many people have asked about the chair it
has been brought back to use as a demo for painting fabric.

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11 comments:

  1. I love this, I have painted fabric and leather in small amounts, but never attempted anything large scale. Now that I have seen how beautiful yours turned out I will have to look for a chair to try this. Thanks for the pointer of painting fabric first. hugs Tobey

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  2. I have some chairs to paint or reupholster, whatever happens first, so maybe I'll give it a go. If I mess up then I'll upholster right?

    Bliss

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  3. It's beautiful! I am working on a similar chair as we "speak". I can't wait to get it finished!

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  4. Great makeover ... will have to try painting fabric sometime. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  5. absolutely beautiful!! I love your blog and you inspire me a lot, and one day I hope I will be as skilful as you are!
    feel free to take a peek on my blog :-)

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  6. Interesting makeover- I've heard of folks painting fabric, but never on this scale. You have guts :)

    Thanks for sharing with us, and it's always great to see creative minds at work. :)

    Visiting from Furniture Feature Friday@ Miss Mustard Seed's linky party
    Smiles,
    Suz @MaytagNMom
    NW Illinois
    ~~My Current Project At The Party~~

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  7. That looks really lovely. I keep seeing painted furniture, but I have to say, I'm still to scared to try it. Your's is beautiful!

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  8. Isn't that crazy? My ASCP stockist asked me if I was going to paint the fabric of a chair I'd just bought...I said, "Whaaaaa??" Who knew??!!

    It looks awesome!!

    -andi

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  9. Looks great! Now I guess I need to try it :)

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  10. I need to try it too! It looks gorgeous. I invite you to join my link party every weekend: Craft Country Cottage.

    Goedele

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  11. Looks great! Added you to my chairs page where I have the many, many examples of painted upholstery. I put you under the Other Methods section. www.hypheninteriors.com/chairs

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