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Do you remember the TV show Trading Spaces? Remember when Hildy painted that sofa? I think I actually yelled at the TV when she did that. I usually yelled at Frank’s choices, but in this instance she deserved the outrage. I mean, she SPRAY PAINTED UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE for crying out loud.
I should never say never.
Yup. I have a lot of crow to eat. Now, I *think* I can safely say that I won’t ever glue hay to a wall. But I’ll let you know if that ever crosses my mind…
My turn to the dark side started with these toile parsons chairs. We purchases them about 13 years ago.
I just HAD to have them.
Twelve of them.
I will NEVER get tired of toile, I said. They are classic, I said. I will love these chairs for 20 years, I said.
I really should just keep my trap shut.
So unless I could find 12 chairs for free on the side of the road, I needed a plan B.
Their spray gun and spray shelter made this job go much faster. The good news: one coat took less than a minute. Bad news: it took 9 coats plus drying time. I think it would have taken fewer coats if I weren’t painting white paint over black and white. The contrast of the fabric kept showing through.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way.
I used my Finish Max spray gun to spray a light coat of water on the chair first and then used it to spray a thin, even coat of chalk paint that was watered down 50%. Let it dry. Repeat 9 times.
For the love of Pete.
After it was dry, I sanded with fine sandpaper. This makes it feel like a chintz fabric.
In the picture below, you can see where I taped plastic over some of the fabric (beneath the skirt). I wanted a contrasting color there. I painted it graphite.
To tie it all together, I made a stencil for the back of the chair and painted the M in graphite. To seal the chair, I applied a light coat of furniture wax. This will keep spills from leaving a mark.
Of course, all I have to do it repaint if necessary.
Now, I just have 11 more to go.
Set up the tent and fire up the spray gun, Holly’s on a mission!
What do you think about painting upholstered furniture? Are you screaming at me through your computer right now? I hope not, but I completely understand if so. 😉
However, I like the way my parsons chair turned out.