Sunday, February 3, 2013

Re-Upholster With Paint - Tutuorial

Time to dig out that old chair that's collecting dust because you "intend" to one day reupholster it.  Today, we won't be cutting or measuring fabric.  
In fact, you aren't even going to remove the fabric on your chair. 

We are going to reupholster it in paint!  
Not just any paint, but CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint.

Here's how this Goodwill Chair started out!
The fabric was clean with no rips or tears.  Just a bit too "office" looking.  However, the lines of this chair had LOTS of potential.  It just need a little refreshing.

I wanted to paint my wood white, so I started by taping off the wood.  
You can skip this step and paint the entire piece all one color if you choose.
Here comes the fun part!  
Paint!  
Choose your color and start painting.
Remember to really get the paint into the cracks.  
You don't want someone sitting down and seeing the old fabric peeking through the cracks.
Depending on your fabric color, pattern and the paint color you choose, it will take 2 to 3 coats of paint to completely cover.  
The first time I did this, it took 3 coats.  This one only took 2 (approx 1/2 quart of paint).  
I painted right over the brads on this one.  I'll show you how to fix this in a minute.
 Now you can remove the tape.
You could stop here and have a solid colored chair.  OR...you could stencil on a pattern.  OR...you can have some real fun, and use this chair as a canvas!  
Start painting your own custom fabric.  That's what I decided to do.
Call it dreaming of spring!  I painted an abstract cherry blossom pattern.  
I mixed up a custom coral color to pair with the Santa Fe Turquoise base. 
(1 cup Kissimmee Orange, 1/2 cup Vintage White, 1/8 cup Traverse City Cherry)
Once you are happy with your pattern (if you choose to do one), if you had brads on your chair, grab a damp rag and start rubbing the paint off the brads.  It's not going to be perfect.  There will still be some paint in the cracks. I'm OK with this. 
 If you're not, well, you might be there a while cleaning.
Here you can see where I have cleaned and where I haven't.

 Now, paint the wood in the color or your choice.  I chose, Simply White. 
I wanted a clean crisp look.  No distressing!
Let your chair dry overnight (to make sure the fabric is completely dry) and apply two coats of Satin Finish (undiluted) to the ENTIRE chair; Yes...fabric and wood.  Let the first coat dry completely before applying your second coat.
 You are done!  You now have a one of a kind chair (kid and pet friendly) and you didn't have to pull a single brad to make it happen.  
AND...who wants to pull ALL those out?  
Not me!

Let's recap...
Before and After.
Ready to paint?

Ciao for now!

60 comments:

  1. You really got my attention with this one. You used REGULAR CCC paint - not a special fabric paint...right?

    This is petty amazing. I have an old wing-back chair that needs this!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
    Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com (for portfolio of chalk painted work)


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    1. Yep! Just regular CCC Paint. Nothing more. The secret...is finishing it in the Satin Finish! Glad to inspire. Happy Painting and thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Just fabulous. I just texted a friend to check out your blog.. LOVED it all... I was looking for a place on your blog to join and follow . COULDNT find one .. SO I signed up for the letter... Did I just miss it

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. AND thanks for sharing with your friend. I emailed you with the info on subscribing and following. Thx again for your kind words.

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  3. I love how this turned out!!! I have been wanting to try this paint for awhile now, now I jus need to find a chair to do it with!

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    1. Thanks Kaysi ! It is a fun paint to work with. Better hit the goodwill/salvation army :)

      Thanks for stopping by

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  4. I never would have thought to paint the fabric on a chair with chalk paint - or any paint, for that matter! Love the colours that you used, and your hand-painted cherry blossoms are so pretty :-) Does the paint on the fabric really hold up to the wear and tear of people sitting on it?

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    1. Surprisingly enough the fabric is not hard like one would think. It is stiff, but stiff like leather seats. So it's still pliable. It's been coated in Satin Finish which is a durable washable sealer. If you spill on it, it beaded up and wipes off. So yep! Just think of it as a new "pleather" chair. :-) Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.

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  5. It's simply stunning and I'm so glad you didn't distress it!

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    1. Thanks so much Connie! I agree...distressing would not have done it justice. There is a time and a place for that! Thanks for stopping in!

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  6. I'm looking at this - but I can't believe it!!!
    I just can't believe that this is painted - it's gorgeous!
    Will it last after being used do you think?
    Definitely your newest follower ( would love a follow back when you have the time :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. Hi Suzan,

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your kind comments. It's been sealed with Satin finish (a CeCe Caldwell's sealer). It's a durable, washable surface. It's very pliable so it should hold up just fine. I did another chair like this (there was a link in the post) and it held up fine too! Nice option if you dont' want to take the time to reupholster. Now...would I do this on an expensive heirloom chair...no! But great for trends and goodwill finds! Off to check you out!

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  7. Wow! What an awesome job you have done. You are so creative! I learnt about your Blog from the Talkin' About Thursday Link Party. Congratulations on being featured. I am a new Follower of your Blog. If possible you can link up on the Creative Monday Blog Hop that I host every week. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week.
    Judy - Judy H-J's Thoughts

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    1. Hi Judy!

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the follow! What a surprise for DeDe to feature my post. I am honored. Will check out Creative Monday Blog Hop for sure! Thanks for sharing with me! Off to check out your blog! Have a great week!

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  8. That is absolutely GORGEOUS! Great job! I found you featured over at DeDe's blog. I am following now. I would love you to come join my Pin Me Linky Party that starts Friday morning at 8am CST. I allow up to 3 links each week!

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    1. Diana,
      Thanks for stopping by and thank you for your kind comments. I will head over shortly and check all this out! Thanks for the follow too!

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    2. Thanks for linking this up. I hope you come again!

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  9. Never in a million years would I have thought to paint fabric! Amazing...it is beautiful!

    Holly

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! You should try it! You will be addicted. :-)

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  10. What a fun pop of color! I've painted a throw pillow before and loved the outcome. Your chair makeover is amazing!

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  11. This is amazing! I would have NEVER EVER tried chalk paint on furniture. I did try spray paint once and it failed miserably....I'll have to keep this one in back of my mind.

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    1. Kelly!

      Thanks so much! I tried painting once with Latex and failed with that too! It was scratchy. This is not at all. You should try it sometime. I think you would be very surprise how it comes out!

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  12. I've seen painted "reupholstery" jobs, but not with the terrific stenciling - makes it look like a printed fabric with so much more personality. Well done!

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    1. Jen,
      Thanks for stopping by! This one, I actually painted by hand. The blue and brown one I stenciled. Glad to know it looks like fabric...that's what I was hoping for.
      Thanks again!

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  13. Over from Redoux's party. This is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  14. I would never think to paint a chair! Yours turned out amazing! I love the colors you used! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks! I loved the colors too. Now I just home it finds a home that will love the colors too. Unfortunately for me, it matches nothing I own. :-( Have a wonderful weekend too.

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  15. Wow! Love the color combo! I would have thought it would have to be fabric paint. Is the fabric stiff because of the paint? I love the look of your free-hand design too!
    Sara
    triedandtwisted.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello!
      Thanks so much! No, since it's sealed it will be perfectly fine. It is stiff, but stiff like "pleather", but not scratchy. Perfectly water resistant which is nice if you have kids or pets. AND, it you get sick of it, repaint it! :-) Thanks for stopping by! will check you out too! Your blog that is ;-)

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  16. That is just AMAZING! I can't believe you PAINTED that gorgeous chair!

    I am hopping over to that giveaway right now!

    Thanks for the tip!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments and thanks for stopping by!

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  17. What an amazing transformation! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing, Patti@OldThingsNew

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    1. Thanks you so much! Will need to come check out your blog!

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  18. This looks great!!! Found you at Miss Mustard Seed, and from the thumbnail I just had to see this chair. Love the colors and the pattern you painted looks awesome. There's a party at my place if you feel like stopping by!

    jedandivy.blogspot.com

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    1. Rebecca,

      Thanks for taking the time to look closer. Thanks for your kind comments. Things can sometimes get lost over at the "Seed". It's a big party! Will come by to see you. :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Paint!?! That's crazy! I never would have thought of that! I totally would have been the one pulling out the brads and staples. It looks beautiful!! Great job!

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    1. Thanks so much! Been there, done that, still doing that! I have a chair that has been in my garage for over a year. I stopped counting tacks once I reached 300 and I still have 1/4 of the chair to do. This is a FANTASTIC alternative. Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. Great idea! Thanks for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  21. That is fantastic!! All those chairs that I have walked past . . . I cannot wait to get to goodwill and give that a try for myself. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Now your eyes will be wide open! If your luck runs anything like mine, there won't be a chair in sight for months. Here's to successful hunting! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. I found you from Diana Rambles Party! I'm your newest follower via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for the share. I missed the last one, but maybe I will catch you this week!

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  23. So beautiful! Love the colors and the cherry blossoms! This chair makes me happy :)

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  24. You are super creative. What a great idea. I thought it was new fabric at first. I would love for you to link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! Thanks for stopping by too! I missed last week, but will try to catch you this week.

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  25. Wow. I clicked over so I could find out where you purchased that wonderful, fun fabric, only to discover you painted it yourself. Well done.
    Pat

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and your nice comments. To me, this is success. I was hoping it looked like fabric.

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  26. One of my viewers recommended my recent project get this treatment, however, I think that the foam underneath has to be in good shape....(which my project it wasn't)....
    I think the transformation is amazing. How is it to sit in??
    Love it.
    Come take a look...http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com
    Nancy

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    1. Nancy! Thanks for stopping by. I would say yes...It would probably work better if the constructions are in good shape. As far as sitting and texture...It has the stiffness of leather, but not scratchy. And it's water resistant and stain resistant. As long as you don't mind sitting on "pleather" I think you would be very satisfied. Thanks again for stopping by. Will be over for a visit!

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  27. You're kidding!! This transformation is amazing!!

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    1. Rachel, Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun!

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  28. All I can say is "BEAUTIFUL!!!". Will keep this in mind for future reference. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a God Filled Day
    Shirley

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