Painting Upholstery (for real)

I was hanging out with my mom a couple days ago, and we painted some upholstered chairs which she had been given. They were nice, but a little worn, and she was planning to reupholster them. Then she came across this blog post on painting upholstery fabric. No kidding! She thought it looked cool, and we both decided to give it a shot.

As we worked on this we came to the conclusion that the chairs will probably need new upholstery anyway (you can see in the picture how wretched the seat is on that chair, can’t you?), but it was still fun. There a few ways to do this, but we mixed acrylic paint with a fabric medium and painted like any other surface. The fabric still felt comfortably soft afterward, and the pattern showed through somewhat, giving it a unique dimension. Mom used a darker forest green sort of color, so hers wasn’t quite as transparent as mine (I used the softer apple green color in the pictures), but they still came out looking nice and it really freshened up the look of the chairs. Best of all, it was really easy and relatively inexpensive.



  1. Rachel Said:

    That looks neat! Have fun!

  2. Kristy Swain Said:

    Oh, cool! Looks great! That was my chair on Emily’s blog, by the way. Glad it went well for you.

    • kirinjirafa Said:

      That’s so cool! I’m glad you stopped by!

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