Monday, January 21, 2013

HUH? Did you say PAINTED Chair?!?

As some of you know my Sister & I pretty much wing most of our projects.  We see something that catches our eye may research it a little on pinterest, ask around to some of our crafty friends but then the rest of it is pretty much fly by the seat of our pants!  Trial & error is another good way to explain it!  I am on the hunt for two chairs for our living room.  I wanted something fun yet cozy, & most importantly something that won't break the bank!  I was thrifting one afternoon {crazy I know} when I came across this super cute chair!  I was in love with everything the size, the coziness, the shape, loved the wood detail, and I swear the thing had never been sat in because it was in AMAZING condition!  Only one thing....I was not crazy about the pattern on the fabric.  Hmmm.....I purchased the little lovely anyway hoping that I could get in touch with someone in the upholstery world or heck maybe even I could give it a try, for some reason she had to be mine!  My purse is now $30 lighter!  I got in touch with a few people that knows a little something about recovering but I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much on fabric and also to get it recovered!  I had a couple gals telling me to paint it!  I was for some reason nervous to go with through with it but we had just freshly painted & given some new life to our living room that I finally became to antsy to wait anymore!  So I WAS going to paint it!  

If you dare to be as daring here are the few things you need:
Fabric Medium {Michael's or Hobby Lobby} found in the arcrylic paint section
Paint tape {if you have wood detail that you do not want to paint}
Paint {interior paint in your color  of choice}
Paint brush

 I ran to Michael's on my Sunday evening {Hobby Lobby has it as well} and grabbed a few bottles of Fabric Medium $1.99 a bottle.  I taped off the wood detailing so I would be sure not to get any paint on it!  I then grabbed an old container and dumped in two bottles of fabric medium {fabric medium is used so it won't be so stiff, it softens the fabric} I measured it 2:1 paint to fabric medium.  I mixed them two together grabbed my brush & got busy!  I just simply painted away!  I was so excited to see the end result!  Once dry remove your paint tape and you now have a new chair!  Some spots may require a double coat depending on your pattern and fabric you are painting over!  This chair had a bottom cushion and I just happened to have a pillow case that matched this color perfectly.  To add a little extra comfort I took the cushion and covered it with the pillow case tucked it under and stuck in on the chair giving it some added character & comfort!  I ran down in the morning once completely dry and placed her in her new spot!  I am so thrilled with the results!  I now have the perfect chair and it only costed $35!  Now I am hoping to find the perfect partner for her to complete our living room!  Thanks for stopping by!  Let us know if you have any questions!  Much Love, The White House Girls


  1. Can you confirm please. This post says 2 paint to 1 fabric medium but in your couch reveal you quote 2 part fabric medium to 1 part paint! which is correct?

  2. Rona! Thank you so much for bringing that to our attention! It is 2 parts paint to one part fabric medium! Let us know if you have any more questions!! Happy painting!

  3. What type of interior paint? Latex ok? And any particular finish, satin or gloss?

  4. I have noticed that you don't paint the seat cushions. What is the reason for not painting the seats? Would you advise not to do so?

    1. I was wondering the same thing.

    2. Me too... can someone please advise as to why the cushions weren't painted?

    3. I am wondering the same thing!