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How do you go about painting upholstered furniture? Today I’m going to show you how to paint upholstery on a wing back chair with a Finish Max Paint Sprayer.
When I got home from Haven, this cane wing back chair was at a yard sale across the street for $5. I knew it was the perfect guinea pig project for me to try my hand at painting fabric furniture.
All of the fabric had seen better days, but the chair was mostly structurally sound. I did have to glue and clamp one of the legs, and staple the lining, but other than that all it needed was some TLC (paint).
Here she is in the paint booth ready for her makeover.
This HomeRight Finish Max is my secret weapon for easy makeovers. I knew the fabric would be a challenge to paint, as would that cane on the sides of the chair.
Painting Upholstered Furniture
To get started I used one of my extra Finish Max cups to spray the chair lightly with water. I’ve seen a lot of fabric furniture painted, and that seems to be one of the major tips….dampen the fabric first. Since I don’t own a water bottle sprayer, I let the Finish Max handle this job. This shot is after dampening the chair, and spraying one light coat over the entire piece with the Finish Max.
After two light coats of DIY Chalk Paint on everything, I switched to a chip brush for another (heavy) coat of paint on the fabric back and sides of the seat. You can see the difference in this photo.
Upon closer inspection I see that the padded armrests are not going to look very nice.
I spent almost 2 hours removing the bazillion staples and tacks from just ONE armrest. You can see that I needed to touch-up the chair after that.
At this point, I knew I wasn’t going to be using the seat “as is” so I checked to see how this fabric looked. I loved it!
I removed the other armrest padding, used some spackling to do a little patching on all the staple holes, and did a final coat of paint in the spray booth with the Finish Max and some Behr Premium Plus Ultra in white semi-gloss.
Amazing? I think so! I’m not the first to paint a fabric chair, but I’ve never seen anyone do it with a Finish Max before!
Here she is now! I employed my neighbor to recover the cushion for me because I didn’t want to drag the sewing machine out of the basement.
Have you ever thought about painting upholstered furniture? I’m glad I finally got it out of my system. Given the chance, I would definitely do it again!
UPDATED to ADD: Many of you have asked how it feels. It sort of feels like faux leather or vinyl. How it will wear? I’m not sure. Since the seat was reupholstered, I think the back will hold up fine. If I had room for it in my house, I’d give it a run for it’s money. I found a great post from 11 Magnolia Lane, about how her fabric painted chair is doing 7 months later.
For another great tutorial on painting AND stenciling an arm chair, see this Chair Makeover from Create and Babble.
Now for a giveaway! One lucky reader will win their very own Homeright Finish Max.
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