I have been searching for months for the perfect chair to go in our Master Bath. We are getting ready to start a major remodel in our bathroom and will be removing our giant spa tub. In its place I wanted to have a beautiful vintage shabby chic chair. So this weekend we set out and went to our local flea market, Canton 1st Monday (if you have never been and you live in Texas....well there is just something wrong with you.).
Before heading to Canton flea market I scoured Pinterest for ideas and I kept coming across these awesome chairs that had been transformed by painting the upholstery and they actually looked pretty great in the pictures. So with that in mind we hit the Canton grounds on a mission. Now usually if I am going there to find something specific I usually end up empty handed but within 15 min. I spotted a chair that I thought might work. It had great bones, was newly upholstered and for the right price it would be mine.
The chair was pretty just as it was but it just wasn't the look I was going for in our remodel. Our bathroom is going to be in grey and white with lost of Carrera marble. So a purple and pink floral tapestry just wasn't going to work. That said, I decided to tackle painting the upholstered fabric. Details of my project are below.
Vintage chair $65
Water bottle $1
Old paint brushes that you don't care about wrecking
Delta textile medium (large bottle) $5.99
Paint for chair (how much will depend on the size of the chair and how many colors)
Colors I used: Behr eggshell in Bleached Linen
Glidden tintable sample in Monterey Grey
Deco Art in Shimmering Silver
I have to admit that I was a little scared about painting perfectly good upholstery but if it didn't turn out then I would be out about $75 and I was ok with that. But if it turned out the way I wanted then I was going to have an awesome chair for my Master bath.
Step 1: I lightly sanded the wood frame so that it would accept my paint better and then gave it 2 coats of the Bleached Linen paint.
Step 2: Painting the fabric. Mix equal parts of Textile medium, water, and paint. I just mixed everything in an old butter dish. This step is important...lightly mist the fabric with your water bottle. This helps the paint to absorb into the fabric as well as come out more even. The paint mixture will be almost like water which is why it takes several coats of paint in order to cover the existing fabric. The fact that this parlor chair had a tufted back made this process a little time consuming but not hard. I ended up putting 4 coats of the watery paint mixture over the tapestry fabric.
Step 3: Step three was an oops because I didn't like the metallic paint with the shade of grey on the fabric. I think it would have looked great if I had painted the fabric pink or blue or some other color. So if you like the way that yours turns out then you can skip this step. I painted over the Shimmering Silver with the Bleached Linen again.
Step 4: I lightly sanded the frame to scrape off some of the white paint and expose the Shimmering silver paint. Although you can't tell that the paint is metallic you can at least see grey paint peeking through the white paint.
Vintage Shabby...Wow. I just love the way it turned out. Just need to get this bathroom reno underway so I can put my chair in it. And if you are wondering what he fabric feels like after all of the paint...it is a little stiff but not hard. I think when it has time to really dry after a few days then it will soften over time and with a little sitting on it.