If you read my last post, you know that I have been transforming some outdated furniture for my mom to use in her new piano studio. The project I'm sharing today is certainly NOT the one I was referring to that has been giving me such fits. I will fill you in on that next week. In fact, this project couldn't be easier. It is the most simple transformation I've ever done with the most dramatic impact. Here is the before and after:
Can you believe it? I love the new updated color. It never ceases to amaze me what a coat of paint can do. I don't even mind that the texture from the material showed through. I think it looks really elegant. I painted two chairs in the same way. I am thinking about maybe painting the legs since they're a little rough, but they're pretty much done!
You ready for the tutorial? I can sum it up in one sentence. I had a gallon of latex paint left over from painting my office. I grabbed a paintbrush and painted the chair. That's it!
I have had a few questions come up as I have been working on these chairs. My friends and neighbors couldn't help but notice me in my garage painting a chair with a paint brush. I'm sure they weren't too shocked, but they probably thought I was a little crazy. Here are some of the questions I've encountered:
How does the fabric feel?
It feels like outdoor fabric. After researching this thoroughly, I found others have used fabric medium to make the fabric feel softer. Since these chairs are meant to be durable and in more of a commercial space, I wasn't concerned with a soft feel. If I was going to use these in my own home for more than just looks, I probably would use the fabric medium.
Is the paint going to stick to you if you sit in the chair?
Certainly not! Once the paint was dry, it didn't flake, crack, or come off the chair at all.
What kind of paint did you use?
Valspar brand paint from Lowe's in interior satin finish.
How many coats of paint?
ONE! If you are going to try this, I would suggest painting the piece a similar color to the original. I also used a heavy hand when it came to the amount of paint. If I had wanted to make these white and had used more paint, they would have turned out more stiff because of all the extra coats of paint needed.
I was very skeptical about this initially, but my cousin (who painted a thrift store chair last year) promised it would turn out. I was relieved and excited that it did. Thanks for the encouragement, Jill!
More projects to follow as I continue to spruce up the piano studio.
Please feel free to e-mail me or leave any questions you might have regarding this project in the comments section.
Easier Than I Thought!
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