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Painted Wing Chair and Update

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When I decided to paint this wing chair, Honey Bee thought that I had lost my mind. He is always very supportive of my crazy design and decor ideas, but this is one project that he thought wasn’t going to end well. So, I am here to tell you that this painted wing chair looks beautiful and Honey Bee had to eat his words 🙂

This project is the second most popular post of all time for 2 Bees. We get asked a lot of questions and I hope to address those today. My goal is for you to be encouraged to paint a piece of furniture for yourself.

Please excuse some of these less-than-stellar photographs. They were taken in the early days of our blog – we sure have come a long way, haven’t we?

This is what the wing chair looked like before we painted it. Purple, gold and olive green were no longer a desired color palette in my home. And don’t get me started on this plaid. The chair was in excellent condition but re-upholstery costs were staggering…$400 for labor added with another $300 for fabric. Needless to say at these prices it would be more cost effective to buy a new chair. Affiliate links have been added for your convenience.

Painted Wing Chair...it worked! An easy makeover for on old chair.

Being that I am not a quitter and too cheap to buy expensive furnishings, I came up with an idea to paint the chair. After much research I came up with a game plan and set to work, ever confident that this was going to work! Adding this paint medium is a must for success!

Painted Wing Chair...it worked!

Right about this time I started to become a bit worried 🙂 If you decide to paint a fabric chair, don’t give up! You can see the entire tutorial HERE. I promise you, it is worth it!

Painted Wing Chair...it worked!

See what I mean? Night and day difference.

Painted Wing Chair...it worked! wing chair. Beautiful after being painted.

After 3 ½ years the painted wing chair still looks like new.

Winter Home Tour. Painted wing chair.


Winter Home Tour. Painted wing chair, plaid throw.

The painted wing chair looks fabulous at our new home. The sunroom is bright and sunshiny every day and the chair is a focal point.

Christmas in the Family Room at the Lake


Fall Home Tour - Vicki's House

Here are some of the most asked questions about the painted wing chair:

Does the paint flake or chip off?

  • Absolutely NOT. Using our tutorial and the correct paint and materials = success.

Does the paint come off onto anyones clothes?

  • Absolutely NOT! Following the proper steps, the paint is permanent.

What does the chair feel like?

  • Once the paint is completely dry, the chair feels like a soft painters canvas.

Do you sit in the chair?

  • YES – I sit in this chair every single day! Don’t be afraid to use your chair.

Can you clean the chair?

  • I’ve never really spilled anything on the chair. For testing purposes I smeared a bit of dirt on the chair. It wiped right off with a damp sponge and a dot of laundry soap.

Was it easy to paint?

  • Yes…the hardest part for me was having the patience to wait between the steps 🙂

Would you do it again?

  • YES – absolutely 100%.

What is the most important step?

  • Honestly, they all are – follow the tutorial. Definitely the paint medium spraying with water and sanding are very important.

Painting this wing chair I saved approximately $677.00! Don’t you think it’s beautiful?

Summer Lake House Tour


Painted Wing Chair - DIY Project

I would love to answer any questions or concerns that you have. I’m planning on painting another chair in a couple of weeks!!! Look for that update here.


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  1. Peggy Pasicznyk says:

    I have a light colored velvet wing chair…am I able to paint that type of fabric? Love how your chair turned out!

  2. Wow beautiful! I’m going to try this on my wingback chair. Question though, I read in the tutorial that you used the spray bottle first before the first coat. Is that the last time you have to spray the chair down with water? Or do you do it again before the 2nd coat too? Also, how much water, I mean does the chair need to just be damp or kind of soaked? Thanks!

  3. You done a great job…I often wondered if fabric could be painted..again great job.

  4. Naomi Daugherty says:

    Would this work on any fabric?

  5. Great post ladies! I’m excited your chair looks so fabulous all these years later. It’s one of my favorite pieces. I would add a note of caution based on my own experience to be very careful painting chairs/fabric that have been treated with Scotch Guard. I painted two chairs not realizing they had been heavily treated and they did not turn out well at all. Lesson learned! Hugs, CoCo

  6. Hi! Does the fabric still feel the same after 3 1/2 years?

  7. Beautiful, can’t wait to try this on my wing chair!!

  8. Carolyn Charbonneau says:

    I love your white painted wing chair. I have a wing chair that I want to paint and I would like to let the weave show through. Do you think a flat or semi gloss paint would allow this?

    1. Hi Carolyn – Thank you so much! We aren’t sure about the flat paint, but definitely don’t use the semi gloss. Can you possibly send us a photo of the chair that you are thinking about painting? [email protected]

      This way we can hopefully better guide you.

      Much love,

      Vicki and Jenn ~ The Bees

  9. From the tutorial it looks like you only sanded between the first and second coats…is that right? Do you think the final outcome on the softness of the fabric would be better or different if you sanded between every coat?

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