Yes! You can paint upholstery.
Honestly this is one of the most amazing discoveries I have made in a while.
I never thought it would work so well.
Let me remind you all where this project began.
Yep...I was able to transform Craigslist chairs that were badly stained from clearly way too many parties involving wine.
It was really very easy.
All you need is:
Latex paint in your choice of color (I picked a color close to the original fabric color)
Fabric Medium (I used Martha Stewart fabric medium from Michaels)
spray bottle with water
I mixed equal parts of paint, fabric medium and water and mixed it all together in a plastic cup. It will be extremely watery, but that is the right consistency. Spray the upholstery with water until it is fairly wet. This will allow the paint to be absorbed in the fabric rather than sit on top of the fabric. Then just paint the fabric. I used a wide brush and brushed along the grain of the fabric. I used a smaller sponge brush for the cording along the edges and I wiped up any paint that dripped on the wood as I went along.
This is what it looked like after one coat. I did the same with the other two chairs.
I let the paint dry overnight and the next day mixed up a second batch of paint, fabric medium and water...again in equal parts. I sprayed down the upholstery again with water and painted a second coat.
I let that dry overnight again.
You can see that the wood had yellowed in many spots on the chairs, so after the second coat of upholstery paint dried, I painted the wood using Annie Sloan old white and then finished it off with a clear wax.
After everything was dry, I went back and used a 220 grit sandpaper and lightly sanded the upholstery focusing on any rough spots I found where the paint didn't soak in as well.
The fabric is surprisingly soft and doesn't feel at all like I painted it. It almost has the feel of drop cloth fabric, but a little softer. I can't get over how well it worked.
Has anyone else ever painted upholstery? If you haven't, you have got to try it.
Can't wait to hear what you think.
Have a great weekend!