Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tufted Wing Chair Makeover (Painting Upholstery)

It's been wayyyy too long since my last furniture project!

I seem to have lost my "oomph". 

When it comes to making changes/improvements around the house, it seems like my inspiration and motivation comes in spurts. I'm either super into it, and working on little projects in my spare time....or I'm just not into it at all.  

We've had the new flooring (a sort of white-washed wood-look laminate floor) in our basement/lower level for about 6 months now, and I still haven't finished decorating the space! Unbelievable. 

It's still nowhere near being finished, but at least I've started! to the chair.

This lovely big wing chair was picked up by my sister in law, Dayna, for me at our local thrift shop's collectibles sale. How awesome is she!!!?

It was a great burnt orange colour, and I tried to make it work, but the room was sort of "rejecting" it ;)

so....I did what all good little bloggers do, and started googling/pinteresting (is that a term now??), etc and found this link.  The amazingly innovative Kristy, over at Hyphen Interiors had the guts to paint an upholstered chair.

heck....if she's brave enough, then I should be too, right??

So...I gave it a go.

Now...before you start wondering why mine doesn't look as vibrant as hers.....this is only one coat of paint (so far).

Here's the clincher....I kind of like it like this! 

What do you think??

It has a vintage-y "worn leather" look, reminiscent of copper that's turned green. 

I'm still debating whether or not I'll give it a second coat, to end up with a more solid, vibrant turquoise hue. Not sure. Still deciding.

This is the "before" shot :)

The big piece of driftwood that we're using as a little "side table" came from the know...borrowed ;). Dustin was such a good sport and carried that sucker all the way to the car! VERY heavy. But totally worth it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts/opinions :)


  1. ok this was brilliant for all of us non sewers who don't want to slip cover although love the look of slipcovers but who has the time ...what a brave one you are suzanne

  2. wow I didn't even know you could paint fabric like this. it looks great, love the color and that driftwood side table look amazing!

  3. looks awesome and I would say most definitely leave it as totally works in that space with all your other decor pieces. Good Skills Lovely!! x

  4. I cannot believe that chair is painted. I didn't even know you could paint chair fabric! It looks perfect with the rustic beach theme awesome job :)

  5. That is gorgeous!! WOW you did such an amazing job!!! Love the rusty kinda of look- really well done :)

  6. I like the finish and colour! I am curious though, when you painted it on, isn't it scratchy? If not, I am impressed!

  7. Very Impressive! I like it with one coat...goes with the weathered driftwood side table, which I also love!

  8. Wow, great job! What a transformation. I like it this way, but a vibrant hue would be nice as well. You can't go wrong. Loving that driftwood!

  9. Mind if I share it with my readers and add it as a link on the tutorial?

  10. I say if it aint broke don't fix it!...Fabulous......I am assuming it doesn't feel weird to sit on!....and the style is so funky it will look great anyway you work on it!
    Great job and thanks for sharing!

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  12. LOVE this chair so much Tracey! You have done a great job - it looks perfect as it is! Love the worn-in look! And I REALLY want to steal your side table ... I've been on the hunt for something like that for a while - love it!!
    I'm jealous how you find the time to do your many projects/amazing parties!! I must be seriously disorganised as I have no time & only one kid to run around after :-)
    I randomly ran into Shannon a couple of weeks ago.. was sorry not to see her again!

  13. How beautiful! Loving the chair and the rug. They work wonderfully together! Have a delightful day, Kellie xx

  14. Wow Trace....that is nothing short of amazing. I had no idea, and now I will be looking at all those gross colored chairs at thrift stores with new eyes!!

  15. Ok! This post can just in time. I bought two used basic black chairs for my office. But, I decided not to put too much money into them to have it reupholstered and just buy new chairs!
    But after seeing your results and Kristy's projects, I'm going to give it a go!

    With all that said: Will the paint actually stay on and not rub off (clothing)?

  16. WOW! I do so love this color!
    Please leave it that way, looks great!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Lovely greetings...

    PS: I`m your latest follower;))

  17. Wow, that's cool! Your chair looks so much better in that colour and I can't believe you've painted it! I've got this linked to my chairs post too today so that other people can see that you can actually paint upholstery!

  18. I just featured your chair on my Chairs page. I hope you don't mind! It's on a long list of examples of painted upholstery.

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  20. That's extremely cool. It looks like a much loved, well worn heirloom...and you're right about the coppery appearance, it makes it look more "ancient" than "antique". Wow...

  21. I read the original tutorial and thought wow, there's the answer to my problem. I have a huge brocade headboard which I made my self but now the colour does not go with the new decor. What to do? I did not want to have to recover it and besides, I couldn't find black brocade. I saw the tutorial and sat and had a think. How to get over the fabric going stiff. I got some spare fabric out and experimented.
    The best of the trials was a tube [about 100ml] of black acrylic artists paint. I thinned it first with some water and then some dish soap. This gave the paint a wonderful consistency which was easy to roll onto the headboard. Sorry I don't have any photos but the result? Smooth, even colour that sank into the fabric leaving the pattern visible.
    When dry, the fabric remained soft and pliable, but I did notice there was a little black on my hand when I run it over the fabric.
    I gently rubbed the fabric with a clean cloth and it removed any pigment residue.

    No way does the fabric look painted, my mother and Niece thought I had just recovered it. Cost? £2.50 [about $4]

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