Have you ever been thrifting and saw an upholstered piece of furniture that was in great shape? But the upholstery, oh the upholstery. What a disaster. Just not the right color. Well, this post will help you with that problem. Do you want to learn how to paint upholstery?
Several years ago my friend found a chair. It was in good shape but needed to be updated. I painted it and really liked the outcome. Then I shared how I painted a fabric picture mat. Ever since I have been looking for the perfect piece to paint. I finally found it.
Another vendor where my booth is was selling it. It was right around the time the hurricane was predicted to hit Florida so it was really the last thing on my mind. Since I needed to go back the next day to pick up a cat carrier in preparation to evacuate I decided to buy it.
Now at that point, I didn’t even know if I would have a booth to go back to or even a house but you have to buy when you see it.
So after all of the bad weather passed us by and I am so thankful our area didn’t get hit as bad as predicted. Most of us had our fences blown down and I had some roof damage. Anyhow, life is back to normal and I started painting the bench.
The first order of business I did was to vacuum it. After that, I noticed the bottom fabric had strings hanging off it. It looked like interfacing and cutting them off didn’t work. I painted it with Mod Podge and it took care of the problem.
The legs are cherry. I wiped them down with deglosser and to prevent bleed through I primed them.
Does this happen to you? The piece of furniture speaks to you? Well, this piece told me to paint it a very light blue. Actually, it is white with a hint of blue. So I bought the perfect color and started painting the legs.
Now to start painting the fabric, I filled up a spray bottle with water and sprayed the fabric and started painting. It took 2 coats of paint. While painting I had a light bulb moment. I guess that is what you can call it although some may say I was nuts. The fabric has a design woven in. I decided to paint the design in a light blue that coordinates with the white.
Whew, that took some time to do. But I was doing this at the booth and didn’t go every day. And people were interested.
After I completed all of the painting it was time to sand. When you paint upholstery it gets stiff but by lightly sanding it that will soften it. Use a 220 grit. I like to use an old sanding sponge and wrap the sandpaper around it. Wipe it down to remove any dust, I used a clean white tee shirt.
The final step. Some days I didn’t think I would ever get to the final step but I did. I used the waxing brush to apply the wax. To remove it I used the buffing brush that attaches to the drill.
And I was finally done. Painting the detail was a time-consuming process but it really does make the bench. I hope someone else likes it because it is for sale at the booth. And it is so easy to do, so now, do you want to learn how to paint upholstery?
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