Thursday, June 14, 2012

Painted Chair

I've seen painted chairs all over the internet.  Actually Kristy at Hyphen Interiors did one a long time ago that I fell in love with.  I had planned to try it, but could never find the right chair.  Then when I did find the right chair I decided it needed to be reupholstered because there was a tear on the side.  So I got an estimate, $300 bucks?  OUCH!!  Well, I went back to Kristy's tutorial I discovered Simply Spray, which is a fabric spray paint. She was doing a series about trying this as an alternative to her original method.  They also make larger sizes for upholstery.  I just had to try it, it looked easy enough.  So I ordered 3 bottles in Caribbean Blue. 

Would there be any hope for this worn chair that hadn't been upholstered since 1975?

and what would I do about the tear?

It took me 3 cans to do the front, it was really easy too.  The only thing is the fabric that this chair has feels kind of stiff, but it felt stiff before so I'm not sure it is the paint.

Here it is!!!  I'm so excited...

So the solution was to cover the sides with a great contrasting fabric.  I ordered this wonderful fabric from Fabrics By The Yard on Etsy.  It was super affordable and  perfect for what I wanted.

I also had this pillow I picked up at Ross for $3.99, but I wanted to add some pizazz to it, so I sewed a rectangle and stitched it onto the pillow.  

Project total: $118

Chair- $50
Paint- $44
Fabric- $20
Paint- on hand

Much better than $350.  I'm happy.

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  1. Emily at Simply Spray sent me this link. How awesome! So glad you tried the paint! Your chair looks so great - what a transformation!

  2. Great Job! I love the colors -- so happy, thanks for sharing your experience with painted upholstery. Blessings ♥ Susie

  3. Monica, this looks AMAZING! I've seen the transformation that Hyphen Interiors did and I've been dying to try it. Although I don't know if I could do as great of a job as you did!! AWESOME!
    XO, Barbara

  4. That is seriously awesome!! What a transformation! I love the paint and fabric colors. Megan

  5. wow! that's awesome! i love the combo of the inside/outside.

  6. What a great Transformation, so Bohemian Chic, I Love it! I too have been thinking that the Solution to the problem of soiled or worn fav chairs might be this Painted Upholstery Trend. Can't afford to slipcover or re-upholster and am so tired of retucking the Exotic Fabric Drapes which currently hide the stains the G-Kids and Fur Babies made over the years. After seeing your bold Transformation I'm jazzed that this would work for me... BTW: Was there a spray to adhere the new Fabric parts? Because I would envision a Carol Hicks-Bolton Style Transformation with Exotic Fabrics and Paint, but I don't want to do a lot of sewing.

    Thanks for Sharing... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  7. Thanks all. Dawn, you can buy upholstery adhesive. I've seen it as Joanns, but did not use it. Instead I just stapled the fabric around and added a trim to the edges. As for the sides I did sew 2 straightish lines to make sure I had enough fabric to go all the way around (I am not a sewer either). Good luck with your project....mONICa

  8. What a fun, fun update! I love the mix of solids and prints.

  9. Oh I love it!!! The colors are perfect and happy.

  10. What an amazing makeover! I love it.

    {my simple messterpiece}

  11. This is the most stunning makeover I have run across! So, so, so, beuatiful! Love it and can't wait to try this for myself :)

  12. That is one unique chair! Great job with the fabric choice, I may have to look into that fabric paint.

  13. This is a gorgeous did inspiration! :D

  14. This chair looks really great! I have often wondered about the fabric spray paint? I always wondered if it would feel like it was spray painted. I love your color scheme. Great job!

  15. Your chair looks great. I've got one that I've been thinking about trying that paint with but was kind of scared to do it. Thanks for the push.

  16. Your chair is insanely fun, modern, and perfect. I keep reading about this fabric spray paint and your example is a huge success, so why do I continue to hold out?! Sitting in that chair would have to cure a bad mood if anyone had one! Thanks for sharing.


  17. This is amazing! Your chair is as cute as can be! I have an olden swivel rocker I'd like to try this on! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

  18. This is Melissa @ Love the chair! Such great colors!

  19. This is awesome! I love the mix of the bold colors! This chair will cheer a room right up! Great job!

  20. That chair looks awesome!

  21. So amazing! I love the colors, and really, everything!

  22. This came out wonderful! Have you tried the Tulip brand fabric paint?

  23. Thank you Lindsey, can't say that I have? Have you?

  24. Beautiful! I love the contrasting fabric and paint colors :) Love how you tied in the pillow too!

  25. You did a great job. I love the colors. I was wondering if you would link it in my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link:

    I would love to have anything that you would like to link.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

    1. Thanks for linking with my blog hop. Lovr this chair.

  26. Ahhh this chair is so fabulous I could scream! I LOVE the colors!!! Great job, you're awesome!!

  27. This is amazing. I agree with the above posters. What a knockout job you did on the project!

    Jess @ The Delightful Crafter

  28. Oh my soul, this chair is GORGEOUS! Love live Love the colors... You'd never even think it was the same chair! Okay, I'll stop hyper-ventilating now... ;)
    (btw, found you through Hooking Up With HOH)

  29. Dreamy chair - and so fun!
    What an improvement!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  30. Does this stuff work with microfiber? My boys have trashed my sofas...and I still love the shape...

    Anyway, I am featuring you from last week's creative Juice. Love the colors. $118...sure beats $300!

    Thanks for linking,

  31. That's the prettiest thing I've seen in a long time.

  32. What a fun project. I don't know that I would have ever thought to use the spray on something like that, but it turned out great! I love the colors you selected, I really think that's what made it!!!

    Thanks for sharing at Show and Tell Wednesday on SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

  33. You did so well! I love the cheerful colors!

  34. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! I am SO buying this. I never even thought to google fabric spray paint. Can't wait to try!

  35. Dear insanity,
    That chair is SO amazing, I love it. Perfect color choices and you did a great job pulling it all together.

    Wowzers in NE

  36. That looks fantastic! Really impressive transformation. I love seeing the bright pops of color. ♥