Painting Upholstered Furniture with chalk paint

It’s out there, beautiful photos of before and after’s from people who have endeavored to paint their upholstered furniture.   We’ve been asked in the shop if we have done it, and up until this week, no.  I have used the chalk paints to do the pillows we make, but not for a large piece of furniture.

We use chalk paint on many of our projects, to include the pillows we make.  It's durable, long lasting, and beautiful.

We use chalk paint on many of our projects, to include the pillows we make. It’s durable, long lasting, and beautiful.

Here is the victim  test subject.   It was donated to us for the purpose of experimenting with the chalk paints.

thank you Miss Jannie for donating this chair!

thank you Miss Jannie for donating this chair!

 

We researched the blog-o-sphere and viewed or read many different techniques other’s had used.  We saw Annie Sloan’s, CeCe Caldwells and other paint products being used.   We followed different techniques on different parts of the chair, adding water to the paint, spraying the piece first, using different types of brushes, etc.

round brushes, diluted paint, etc., it all produced similar results.

Using American Paint Company’s Plymouth Rock.   We experimented with round brushes, diluted paint, etc., it all produced similar results.

 

 

Our first realization is that it took A LOT of paint!  Two cans to be exact.  We didn’t mind the texture showing through, but next time we decide to experiment, perhaps we’ll use a dark shade over dark fabric.

If we're going to work on an experiment, we're going to give it all our best!

If we’re going to work on an experiment, we’re going to give it all our best!

 

Aside from using a lot of paint, even when diluted, when it dried it looked like a plaster sculpture and felt like a soft cast.  Yup, hard and crunch-like.    I wasn’t deterred, I was going to see it through to the end and work the finishes  we read about (do nothing, wax it, use satin).

It IS pretty...but...

It IS pretty…but…

 

So we worked it, we played with it, we tried to make it resemble a piece to be used as a chair.   A piece that can be sat upon without feeling like your breaking it…or feel like your breaking your bum.     It still serves a purpose for us – it’s a beautiful reminder of something we won’t be recommending any time soon.     Though I’d LOVE to shout out to the world that “YES!  There is an alternative to reupholstering pieces and YES!  You can buy your paints for this project from us!”   It’s just not the truth.   Fabric paints and dyes, yes, those work.  Chalk paint?  It’s not going to be something I’ll recommend.    I want my clients to be happy.  Forever.  When it comes to  making a sale versus having a happy client – I’ll take the happy client.       The chair will be in our shop for as long as it’s meant to be here – just so people can feel and touch, and decide for themselves.

Judy, our upholstery guru at J&J Fabrics and Hughes Upholstery, will continue to get our recommendations and referrals for those looking to change the look of their furnishings – with fabric.

 

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