I have never painted fabric before. To be honest I never have wanted to. I thought why bother? Just get a new cover, but why on earth would you paint fabric that you probably couldn’t sit in any way? I am sure it would look pretty, but could you actually sit on it after?
Then I found this beauty on the side of the road, for FREE
The fabric was so dirty you can see more of the stains here. There were stains all over! I cleaned and cleaned it, but it wouldn’t come out.
The wood was pretty banged up too
but recovering it seemed like such a chore, especially since the top pillow was securely connected. So, I thought I would try my hand at painting. What did I have to lose? It was FREE!
Materials for this DIY
- flat paint
- Martha Stewart fabric medium
- paint brush
- small stencil brush ( if your furniture piece has grommets)
- a spray bottle with water
- a small foam roller
- a container to mix paint & fabric medium
- stir stick
- plastic cup ( to measure paint to medium ration)
STEP 1: Gather your materials
I had no idea what fabric medium was. I went to three stores in my town and couldn’t find it so I ordered it on Amazon. For the size of my chair I used 2 bottles. I also used 1 quart of paint.
STEP 2: wash your fabric and then let it dry thoroughly.
STEP 3: mix paint and fabric medium. The formula is 1 part medium to 2 parts paint. I just used a plastic cup to measure! stir it well.
Step 4: Spray the furniture with your spray bottle of water, just so it is damp, not soaking! Then begin painting.
Actually paining it was so weird to me, I felt like I was breaking some rule! It was fun! ( paint color is “In the Navy” by Sherwin Williams)
Tip: the spray bottle step really works! when I started painting the back of the chair it wasn’t going on as smooth…then I remembered I hadn’t sprayed it.
Here is one coat. It has a seat cushion, that I am going to cover in fabric, so I am not painting the seat. It defiantly needed a second coat. I let it dry overnight.
Here is 2 coats. It is now covered, but not dry yet!
after it dried, I worked on painting the wood I used a small brush and some chalk paint & clear wax. I purchased them at Jo-Anne’s.
I taped around the fabric at some spots where it would be too hard to be steady with the brush alone. After this dries, apply the clear wax.
After the wax application, only light use should happen for about a week.
I then worked on covering the cushion.
I usually use duct tape or safety pins! I’m not even joking! No sewing required!
I measure the width of the cushion and add 12 inches. ( this pic shows the gross stains!)
Then pulling hard I use 3 safety pins on each side
Then I fold the corners just like your wrapping a present
pin those sides
flip it over & viola!!! you’re done!
Lets look at before:
I hope I have inspired you to try painting some furniture! If you do try it let me know! Or if you want to save this project for later, below is a pin for you to pin to Pinterest!
Is it perfect? no
Is it better than before? yes
What does it feel like? It is not as soft, but no cracking and we have all sat in it!
Would I do it again? YES!!, but only on smooth material this was too textured (bumpy) to have an even look