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You Won’t Believe the Result!
That great deal on an old upholstered chair at a thrift shop or yard sale could end up costing you big bucks to reupholster.
But if the fabric is in good shape – not torn or threadbare – and just faded and dingy, you can revive the piece … with paint! Seriously.
As nutty as it sounds, it works.
How to Paint Upholstery and Not Have it Suck
The chair up top had good bones, but had clearly seen better days. Imgur user lewilliams picked up two of them at an estate sale, and after coming across a few tutorials decided to forego the expense of reupholstering and try painting one of them instead.
I sort of picked a combination of several different instructions. The trick to keeping painted fabric “soft” is using equal parts fabric medium, water, and paint (I used acrylic craft paint). You have to apply in thin layers and sand after each one.
Scroll down to see the project in progress and the incredible result.
First layer of paint.
Layer four of paint. It’s already a vast improvement even though you can still see the pattern through the paint.
But he decides he doesn’t like the color.
He changes the color and changes up the ratios, using half as much fabric medium. It went from looking and feeling like canvas to looking and feeling more like vinyl, he says.
He changed it up again, this time applying the same color but with a satin finish and a darker green around the corners and edges to give it an aged leather look.
Lewilliams is thrilled with the result. He says that while it feels like vinyl it still retained some softness and, incredibly, the paint does not rub off at all. You’ll notice that he also sanded the feet and stained them in a lighter color.
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