How I Painted a Chair Blue with Upholstery Paint
A few weeks ago, I asked you how I should make over an off-white wingback chair I got from my local thrift store. You told me to remake the chair with a typography stripe. I used Simply Spray Upholstery Spray and some Helvetica vinyl letters I had on hand to give my boring old chair a fun makeover. Read on for my instructions on how to paint a chair, and a
giveaway [update: this giveaway is now over] for 6 cans of Simply Spray Upholstery Spray.
- Thrifted chair, $25
- 2 cans of Simply Spray Upholstery Spray, $11.99 each
- Package of vinyl lettering, $5
- Blue paint marker, $4
- Drop cloth, on hand
Total to re-create project: $57.98
I spent: $25 total. (I just bought the chair. I had everything else on hand, and was provided the spray paint to review.)
Painting the Chair
I did several mock-ups of different ways I could paint the chair, and the mock-up with the most votes was this one, that featured a stripe of letters off-center on the chair:
So I started by sticking the vinyl letter stickers to the chair. Once I started playing with the stickers, I decided to do a more free-flowing line that meandered across the chair instead of being completely straight. I really like how that part turned out.
I knew that using the stickers with the spray would be a gamble because they don't stick that well to the fabric.
After I painted the chair, Simply Spray told me that they have a trick for thin stencils. "We usually use adhesive spray on the backs on stencils and even stickers to make sure they stay straight and to keep the paint from soaking through. Sometimes the force of the air coming out of the can actually moves the stencils too so it's a huge help." So, if you want to go the stencil route, you will have best results if you use spray adhesive along with the stickers or stencils.
The Simply Spray Upholstery Paint instructions indicated that you MIGHT get up to 17 square feet of coverage. I had two cans of upholstery spray paint, and I was really hoping I had enough to complete the job.
Once you paint , you need to go in after spraying and sop up the paint that is beading up on the stickers so it doesn't drip. Also, don't forget to mask off parts of the chair that you don't want painted (like the feet!). Apparently, this is my first rodeo because I got so excited about painting the chair that I forgot to cover the feet. It's okay, though! I was able to (mostly) wipe the paint off the legs while it was still wet.
After I finished the first bottle of paint, I let it dry for about an hour before I went in with my second can of paint for another coat of color.
While it was wet, the coverage looked pretty good, but I wished I had a third can of paint. Once it dried, the spots that needed more paint become more obvious (near seams). I would recommend rubbing the paint into the fabric, but in this case, I couldn't rub the paint because of the letter stickers.
I sopped up the 2nd coat of paint from the stickers, and then immediately removed the stickers so they wouldn't drip. You can tell that the paint leaked under the stickers in a few spots. I wasn't sure if this effect would work or look bad once the chair was dry.
Turns out, the overspray on the letters looked a little too rough once the chair was dry, so I decided to outline the letters with a paint marker to define a line along the edges of the letters. I then filled in the areas that bled with the paint marker.
The paint marker worked fairly well on the chair, but it still looks hand-drawn, which isn't exactly what I envisioned when I started the project. But like I said, I knew I was taking a risk by painting over the stickers. And two cans of spray paint are definitely not enough. I didn't know this until after I finished the project, but Simply Spray recommends six cans of spray for a chair or recliner. So, I only used 1/3 the amount that they recommend.
So, the verdict on Simply Spray Upholstery Paint?
- Comes in a variety of colors, and I like this one: Caribbean Blue
- Super easy to use
- Makes it possible to refresh furniture that might otherwise be discarded
- Cheaper and easier than re-upholstering
- Non-toxic paint and propellant
- Paint dries soft to the touch, and permanent
- No heat-setting required
- Made in America
- Spray can trigger is uncomfortable to use
- You will need multiple cans for most projects
- If you use six cans on a chair, the paint cost is $60 for 6 cans on Amazon
Overall, the process was quick and easy. It didn't turn out as vivid as I wanted, but I did not use the correct amount of paint. If you are looking for a quick and easy makeover, Simply Spray is a good option.
Simply Spray tips:
- Upholstery Paint colors here. (Black, Brite Red, Burgundy, Burnt Orange, Hunter Green, Navy Blue, Periwinkle, Plum, Saddle Brown, Camel, Caribbean Blue, Charcoal Gray, Lavender, and Sage Green.)
- The paint works best on lighter fabrics i.e. turning a beige pillow brown. It's not really possible to turn a black lampshade plum.
- Upholstery Paint is perfect for sofas, chairs, curtains, carpets, lampshades, and even place mats. It is also a great way to bring life back to a stained or older item.
Where to get Simply Spray?
JoAnns Fabric and Craft Stores and Hobby Lobby carry the Simply Spray Upholstery Paint, and online at SprayPaint4Fabric.com.
- Demo video, project ideas, photos, and more info online: http://www.simplyspray.com/
- And daily inspiration on the Simply Spray Facebook page.
Simply Spray awarded one Dollar Store Crafts reader a 6-pack of Upholstery Spray:
Congrats to our winner:
6 cans of Simply Upholstery Fabric Spray Paint
winner can choose his/her paint color
(US residents 18 years old and above only.)
1) Comment here to tell us what you would paint with Simply Spray Upholstery Spray.
Quick Rules: Residents of USA, 18 and older. Ends on Thursday 3/8/2012 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be announced here in this post on 3/9/2012.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Simply Spray. I was compensated for my time, and provided with free product. Affiliate links. All opinions are my own.Full disclosure policy.