Yes, You Can Paint Fabric (The Painted Chair)

My friend Sarah and I found this chair in someone trash last year. Can you believe someone was throwing this out!  And yes, I checked for critters and I left it on our porch for several months to be extra sure there were no uninvited guest.

I love the juxtaposition of the formal Queen Anne style with the casual corduroy fabric.


Rolled arms, nail head trim and cabriole legs–need I say more?

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Since I have “no” sewing skills my original plan was to get new fabric and have the chair re-upholstered. Well, the cost for re-upholstery was not in the budget, so I decided the paint the wood and the fabric. Yup, paint the fabric!

Basically, I sprayed the chair (one section at a time) with water to get the fabric wet but not dripping wet, then applied the paint with a brush. Here’s the chair after one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White.


Here’s the chair after the 2nd round of spraying and painting.


After the final round of spraying and 2 coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Simply White.


I only painted the front of the chair and here you can see the contrast between the front and side. I love the two-tone effect. The wood got a mix of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White and Simply White. The cushion will be covered in this fun yellow and white bird print fabric.

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And here’s the chair in our family room.  I think it looks amazing. We love sitting in the chair because it feels like soft leather.



Here is a collage of this project from start to finish. So cool!


Thanks for checking out my post.  Happy Decorating and Happy Spring!






9 responses to “Yes, You Can Paint Fabric (The Painted Chair)

  1. I’m in the middle of painting a chair… when I say in the middle I mean I painted the frame and stopped. I am petrified of choosing the wrong colour or messing up the fabric with paint lol! x


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