Painted Desk Chair Makeover…

 

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationHey there…I hope your week is going well. As of this writing, the promised Winter storm for our area has yet to make an appearance other than some snow and ice mixture. But you can rest assured we are relishing our wine and Cheese Ball by the fire :)

I wanted to let y’all know that as of this past weekend I crossed a big milestone…I am able to paint furniture again! I’ve made enough progress to move onward and upward and I am ready to paint.

I have really missed painting furniture. For months I’ve been planning which piece I would paint first and what finish I would use. I have dreamt of which color I would use and the room the furniture piece would go in.

I am currently revamping my desk area and workspace at home. It’s funny that Jennifer just showcased her updated work space this week too! Great minds think alike. My area is a bit more labor intensive but I’m working on it a little at a time.  I was given a free chair (the best kind) that I knew would be the perfect chair for me and my desk.

So, I gathered my materials and was all set to work.

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationNow, I wish I could tell you that my first foray back in the saddle was problem-free. You know, like I could hear the angels singing, I didn’t drip a single drop of paint and it was the quickest and most beautiful paint job I had ever done.

Haha…  Not exactly!  Let me give you a little backstory info first. My garage is a giant mess. Jennifer and I have unpainted furniture and other items for our booth stashed out there – not to mention tons of other stuff. Honey Bee does not like for me to paint anything inside the house – even arts and crafts. His fear is that some paint will get spilled and that some precious item will get ruined.

Well, since I do everything he says (insert laugh track) Jennifer helped me smuggle a couple of pieces of furniture into the house. I laid the plastic sheeting on the hardwood floors, kicked off my sneakers, mixed up my paint concoction in a large Solo cup, bent over to pick something up – and tipped the paint right out of the cup. Paint went everywhere!

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationThere was more paint than what is shown here…I couldn’t really afford to take the time to do a photoshoot. Because I had a paint medium mixed in, the paint was drying very quickly. Panic was definitely setting in as my husbands voice was ringing in my ears. Thank goodness he wasn’t home – and the crisis was averted. I got all of the paint cleaned up and he is none the wiser :)

So…here is my free chair. I call it Shabby Castle. The chair has great bones and beautiful detailing.

Painted desk chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationThe wood is a little beat up and the trim work is all falling off.

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformation

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformation

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationI knew it would be beautiful once it was painted a creamy white. I used an acrylic based paint with the added medium to paint the fabric.I sprayed the fabric with water and worked it into the upholstery.

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationUsing a sponge brush I started painting the fabric and really worked it into the fabric.

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationThis is after the first coat…

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformation…and this is what the wood looked like after one coat of paint.

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationThis is after two coats…

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformation

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationUsing 220 grit sand paper, I sanded the fabric after each coat of paint. I also distressed the painted wood to make the finish look more antiquated.

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformation

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationI used clear paste wax on the wood to give an overall finished, smooth look.

I needed to add trim to the chair where the previous trim had fallen off. I was a bit nervous about doing this as I have never added upholstery trim to a chair before. This is what I used…

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationYou can see the wet glue here.

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationI think it turned out pretty good :) but feel free to add you thoughts.

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformationI can’t wait to get the workspace completed so I can add this chair to my desk! What do you think?

chair makeover - yes, even the fabric is painted for a complete transformation

xo-Vicki

 

We are linking up this project with  Canary Street Crafts                                

Comments

  1. says

    Then I saw this space, now I’m a believer, not a trace of doubt in my mind, I’m a believer I couldn’t leave her if I tried – its stunning, say what? stella’s got her groove back!

  2. says

    So lovely! I would have not seen the amazing potential in that chair!
    And the story of the spilled paint made me gasp, lol!

    • says

      Hey Karen…the spilled paint did make me gasp too! But my husband was non the wiser, until today when he read this post lol. I appreciate your kind comments about my desk chair. I can’t wait for this space to be complete!

  3. Liz Bonin says

    Vicki your chair turned out beautifully! Love it! But oh my goodness – that paint spill! I literally laughed out loud!

  4. says

    Vicki, WOW I love our new Castle chair and I was laughing as I was reading this because that is something I totally would have done (spill the paint) during the project. It looks amazing and the trim looks fabulous too. What a great makeover. I have two wing chairs I want to paint the fabric on. LOVE it. xo Lisa

    • says

      Thanks Lisa! Did you see the wing chair that I painted last year? It was multi=colored plaid and I painted it creamy white. I love it and sit in it every day :) I appreciate you liking my “new” desk chair. Stay tuned for an office reveal soon :)

  5. says

    That chair is amazing! It has such a beautiful shape to it and it you made it look perfect for the style now. I can understand why your husband doesn’t like you to paint in the house, especially after seeing what happened. The only place I can paint during the winter is in the kitchen, and boy do I make a mess :)

    • says

      Hi Jamie! Oh my gosh…when I spilled that paint I was silently chanting “he was right” and then a bunch of “oh my God’s” but it all cleaned up well. It’s so hard in the wintertime to paint. I have more pieces to go :) I just need to be super careful!

  6. says

    looks super fabulous but what happens to the painted fabric after it’s sat on a few times? I want to paint an upholstered headboard and just wondering how painted fabric holds up?

    • says

      Hey Jenna – the painted fabric holds up very well! :sat year I painted a multi-colored wing chair with creamy white paint. I sit in that chair every day and it looks brand new. The key is the fabric medium that you add to the paint. I would be glad to give you more information if you need it!

  7. says

    Hi Vicki, Stopping by from joyinourhome. Love the new look of your chair without the pain of upholstering. Nice makeover! I just finished painting my wingback chair too.

    • says

      I’m so glad you stopped by! Reupholstering is so expensive isn’t it? The painted fabric holds up so very well. I would love to see you wing chair. Heading to your blog now!

  8. says

    The chair turned out great!! I haven’t got up the guts to paint upholstery yet, but after seeing your great results I may just have to bite the bullet!

  9. says

    So glad you’re back to painting furniture, wherever you choose to paint! Love your “shabby castle” chair and it’s new life as an “ivory tower lady”. Looking forward to the office reveal! Bwg ~~~

  10. says

    It still amazes me that you paint fabric like that!! Awesome! Thanks for sharing this beautiful transformation with The Creative Circle. Keep them coming!

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