Sunday, May 6, 2012

Painted Upholstery Pink Chair

I know that I have been MIA all week, but I have been working hard every night on this chair. I used Kristy's tutorial here on this 25 year old green chair that I had in my craft room hidden under a black slipcover.
Look how gross it is. Dirty arms, dirty head space, dirty, dirty, dirty. Here are some more before shots.
Now, according to the tutorial, your upholstery always looks worse(if that is possible) before it looks fabulous. Here are some in-process shots.
I was a little worried, but I had faith and kept going. I believe these were after 2 coats with the latex paint and fabric medium and lots of sprayed water.

Isn't she gorgeous!!!!!
Now if you don't remember the before,

here it is with the after. I also spray painted the legs black to keep with my pink and black theme. I did 2 coats of latex and fabric medium and then 2 coats of acrylic and fabric medium, just like Kristy did on her first chair (see tutorial above). It is a little stiffer than the original fabric, but I steamed it with an iron and also used some sand paper and blow drier and I think it feels fine. The arms are a little shinier than the rest of the fabric, but I think that is because they had more wear to begin with. I would definitely recommend trying this on one of your own ugly chairs or buy one on craigslist and give it a try. I have wanted a pink chair in my room forever, but you can't find pink slipcovers anywhere. I love the way it turned out. The little foot stool was made from a 19.99 target table with foam and fabric to cover the top and then 4  $2.97 legs from Home Depot painted black. I did add a piece of MDF to the bottom because the pre-drilled holes were a little stripped from the original legs it had on it.
Well, tell me what you think.
Here is Kristy's Chair



52 comments:

  1. WOW!! That is awesome. I love how bold the color is!! I'd love to use some photos (if you want to send them) to show the chair sometime when I do my next post on reader's painted chairs. Love the footstool as well. Great job!!

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  2. Kelli,
    I am your newest follower and have just given you an award on my blog. Come visit soon!
    Enjoy your blog and have fun!
    Meegan@whatmeeganmakes

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  3. What a cute idea... how does it feel when you sit on it? I'm inspired to try it... i see ugly chairs at garage sales all the time!

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    1. It is a little stiffer than the original fabric, but you can help that with either a little sand paper or use. It softens as it goes.

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  4. Hi - I will be following you too! That is a great makeover! I have seen some of the tutorials online - and I remember reading about it awhile ago...but knowing that it ususally came out stiffer, I avoided it. You're right though - trying it on a craigslist find that you don't mind messing up (I have a few of those!!) is a great test idea.

    Thanks...

    Linda

    PS - Please check out my blog as well. http://www.studioofdecorativearts.blogspot.com

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  5. I've been toying with doing this with a wing back I have and haven't been able to pull the trigger...You've definitely inspired me! Beautifully done...

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  6. Super cute! I've seen her painted chair tutorial before, I want to try it - but nobody has ever said how much fabric medium they used! The bottle I found was pretty small and $7 for it! I figure if painting is going to cost the same amount as new fabric...I'd rather just reupholster. I have a wingback like yours. How much did you use?

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  7. I love this and will be pinning it! Great job!

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  8. AH! I can't beleive how gorgeous your chair turned out. Makes me want to attempt this little project. Off the check out the tutorial now! Thanks for sharing at Cabin Fevered Gem's Make it Great Monday. Cheers to you!

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  9. How cool! I never knew you could paint upholstery! What is the texture like now?

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  10. Kelli, that is a fabulous makeover! I'm stopping by to say hello from Sew Many Ways Find A Friend Friday (yep, I KNOW it is Monday) and to tell you I am now following you both on Pinterest and this blog! I am impressed with your savvy makeover and hope you will come visit me too at http://www.breesmimidesigns.blogspot.com.

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  11. Wow that is one beautiful chair! I would love for you to link it up at our party!

    http://www.ourdiydiaries.com/2012/05/fab-not-drab-friday.html

    Jen

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  12. You did a great job! The chair looks so much better! Thanks for linking up at The Kurtz Corner...and guess what? You've been featured!! Come check it out and grab a grab a featured button :)

    Can't wait to see what you link up this week!

    http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2012/05/link-party-features.html

    Audra

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  13. I am impressed! It looks like a whole new piece of furniture - well done

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  14. I think it's an incredible transformation! Way to take an old, unloved piece and make it fabulous! The footstool is the icing on the lovely cake! I'd love it if you stopped by and shared this at my new linky party here:
    http://www.kathewithane.com/2012/05/youre-gonna-love-tuesday-3.html

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  15. Very interesting idea! I hadn't thought of painting a chair before! I wonder why you don't just use fabric paint... hmmmmm... I'll have to read the original tutorial!

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  16. I love your pink chair, absolutely gorgeous! I also love your blog and am now following you on Linky

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  17. Wow! So gorgeous! I absolutely love that colour. I didn't even know there was something you could add to paint to use it on fabric. So interesting. I'm so glad you shared this at Etcetorize this week!

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  18. I LOVE your chair. I told my DH last night I need a new chair for my "mom cave". I am inspired now.

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  19. WOW!! Who knew you could paint a chair! Looks FABULOUS! Would love to have you share this at my link party going on! I am your newest GFC follower...would love to have you follow back!
    http://www.pincushioncreations.com/2012/05/homemade-by-you-11-giveaway.html

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  20. Looks really great. Love the shade of pink especially!

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  21. It really does look pretty! I would love to do this, thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. The after is gorgeous! I LOVE your pink chair...what a fun pop of color for your room!

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  23. Very cool! The new color is awesome!

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  24. How fun! It makes me want to go chair shopping just to try it!

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  25. WOW that looks amazing! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

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  26. That's amazing! Great job. I'm visiting from Somewhat Simple's link party and now one of your newest followers.

    Carolyn
    {my simple messterpiece}

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  27. Wow!!! It turned out gorgeous - I have 2 chairs I have been thinking about painting; your success makes me want to get started now!

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  28. Amazing transformation!!! I can't believe that you painted it... now I have some inspiration for a chair of my own!!!

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  29. Lovely! It looks like a new chair. I'm a new follower!
    -Revi

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  30. Wow, that is an unbelievable difference. It's hard to realize it's the same piece.

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  31. And it matches your blog! Love the result.

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  32. Gorgeous! What an amazing rescue! I love it!

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  33. I think it looks amazing! Is it something I can do with bigger upholstery like a 40 year old couch? I am a little concerned about the paint sticking to the skin or clothes?

    Anyways, I think you did a GREAT job!
    There is a link party going on in my blog today. I would LOVE for you to share this :)
    http://myricandreasen.blogspot.com/2012/05/link-party-and-give-away.html

    xoxo
    Myric

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  34. Congratulations!! You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! You did a great job! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar. Can’t wait to see what other projects you’ve been working on — hope you will link again soon!

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  35. I love, love this painted chair. I had heard that people were painting fabric, but this is the first time I saw a step by step with instructions and photos. Wow!! I would really love it if you shared this at our linky party, Cowgirl Up. It's totally awesome. And my daughter loves pink!!

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  36. Forgot to mention Cowgirl Up starts tonight after 9 pm, and runs on four blogs every week.

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  37. Sooooooooooooo impressed. :D Thanks so much for sharing. I wanted you to know I featured your pink beauty on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful
    pam

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  38. Soooo awesome! Great job. What a makeover!

    -Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  39. Super idea! What a transformation. I have never heard of spraying a fabric chair but now I think I might try it on a footstool that needs help. Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays, loving having your talent. I can't wait till next week, this has been ever so much fun.

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  40. Hey you've been featured this week at http://cabinfeveredgem.blogspot.ca/. Please stop by and grab a button! Congrats, this was an awesome project!

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  41. Oh my isn't that pretty?! I LOVE the color. I do have a old chair I have been wanting to do something with for the longest time. I think I might have to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  42. Thank you so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come check it out and grab a featured button :)

    http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/05/your-whims-wednesday-59-and-features.html

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  43. Featured this on my FB page, so grab a cowgirl up featured button if you like.

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  44. Oh my! Incredible job, girl!
    Thank you for linking up with me last week at Drab to Fab!

    http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/05/drab-to-fab-17.html

    Come on back by and share more of what you have been doing :)

    Have a great one!

    Amy@Sugar and Spice

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  45. Wow! That is so cute!!! I have always wondered if that method really worked. Now I know it does! You did an Amazing job!! Thanks so much for entering this into the Project Pinterest Challenge. Best of Luck to you!
    Jill
    twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com

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  46. Amazing job!! I too love pink and black together! Looks beautiful!!

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