It all started with a chair
(painting upholstery chairs)
have had a problem. I have these bergere chairs. Have you heard of them?
According to the New Oxford American Dictionary:
French in nature….a long-seated upholstered armchair fashionable in the 18th century.
Now that we got that cleared up…
Here was the problem. U G L Y. Your Mama says “you’re ugly”. That kind of ugly. I loved that they had red in them, and that sufficed for a time. That time, was over. I couldn’t stand it any longer. It just, no longer mattered that they were “fine” because they had red in them. They were no longer “fine” that they were the MOST comfortable chairs EVER. It just didn’t matter that “someday” they would be marvelous, when I had them recovered. Problem #2? It just simply isn’t in the budget to have them re-upholstered. Let’s just say…..It wasn’t gonna be in the budget for a while. You see, I need new floors and I want them first. Those aren’t in the budget either..SIGH…..what’s a girl to do? Solution: I’m gonna get both. SORT OF ~
YUP…. here’s how…
I’ll start working on the flooring…AKA DIY, and paint the chairs. So…I bought a floor nailer…and some textile medium and acryic paint.
Is it ideal? Heck no… No, ideal would be hire someone to do the floors, AND get the chairs reupholstered….BUT, I’m happy with the solution. Isn’t that what counts? That I’M happy? lol
Today….I’m gonna show you the solution to the chair problem…and it’s a pretty simple solution to a problem that many suffer from: Furniture that has good bones, but ugly clothes.
Here’s what you need:
- Paint brush. I use chip brushes. They’re cheap (less than $2.00). They work great for so many things.
- Something to mix in. I use a can that I bought several years ago that has a handle…and a magnet on the side to hang the brush on.
- Textile medium. You can get this where the painted clothing section is in any hobby store. It’s expensive there, so I got on Amazon, and ordered mine. You’ll need more than you think….so get extra. You can always use it on something else…or sell it to a DIYer like me. It comes in handy. I think I used three or maybe four bottles of it for the two chairs and ottomans.
- Acrylic Paint
It takes some time…don’t get in a hurry…it won’t do you any good.
Find a place, out-of-the-way, where you can let all the parts and pieces sit and dry for several days. Each coat dries over night…but it takes several coats….and they you have to flip it, and start over for the other side.
Begin by mixing your paint with the textile medium. I also add just a tiny bit of water to mine…just a little. You don’t want it runny..but it needs to flow well. You can also opt to spritz your fabric with a spray bottle. You just want the first coat to get into the fabric. The first coat always takes the most paint. Don’t freak out….the second coat…takes about half. And the third…even less.
Every textile medium (TM) I’ve ever used says mix 1 part TM to 2 parts paint. I added about 4oz of water to 16oz of paint and 8oz of TM. The water is optional….and it really depends on how runny your paint is. Mine was really thick. I’ve also do this with latex paint. I seriously can’t tell any difference. So…my opinion is…if you really want it to cost very little…use some latex you have sitting around. Either way…you’re gonna have a “leather like” finish. (like I said….no the PERFECT solution, but cheap cheap) I guess the way I look at it: You can have ugly….fabric or pretty “leather-like” fabric. I guess that is the best way to look at it. You decide…but keep in mind….you can’t come back from this. I have done it before…so I knew what I was looking at. I’ll put a picture of the other chairs I did…
So…what do you think?
Do you have some UGLY upholstery that could use some updating on a budget?
How bout a quick fix…..
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