I've decided to start adding more to my blog than just illustration work so today's post highlights some painting of a different nature. I picked up a chair from a garage sale a few months ago, I really liked the shape of the chair but the fabric was pretty stained. Originally I thought I would reupholster the chair but then I saw a few chairs on pinterest that had been redone by painting the fabric, so I thought I would give it a try.
I used flat latex paint that I got from home depot, I chose the color 'garbanzo paste' from the BEHR collection, I bought a sample size and that was plenty to finish this chair. I also bought Martha Stewart fabric medium, I found this at a craft store. It was a pretty simple project but was quite time consuming. You take 2 parts paint and mix it with 1 part fabric medium, I sprayed the fabric with water before each coat of paint this really helped to keep the paint thin and made for smooth application. I applied the paint mixture with a foam brush, it took 4 coats of the paint mixture, you must of course let each coat dry before applying the next.
I taped off all of the surrounding wood with painters tape and used a drop-cloth on the floor to protect the floor from paint.
I was pleased with the final result, the fabric definitely feels like it has been painted but it is still flexible and comfortable to sit on. I wouldn't advise fabric painting a piece of furniture that you sit in all the time but for a decorative piece that is used occasionally it is a pretty great way to make a transformation.
I'm not entirely sure if I am finished with this project, I'm still deciding whether or not to paint a white pattern on top of the yellow, I'll keep you posted if I decide to take the plunge.
I would love to hear if you are planning any upcoming DIY projects yourself.
Thanks for stopping by!