I bought this pink vintage chair ten years ago. After all this time, I finally gave this chair a makeover with fabric paint.
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The plan has always been to upholster and make over this little pink vintage chair.
The chair fabric was a faded shade of pink in a thick cotton blend similar to denim. Which is not my favorite or my daughter’s favorite color, but she used it in her room anyway. And scribbled on it while watching TV of course.
However, since I only spent about $20 on the chair at a vintage/retro themed thrift store so long ago, I could never bring myself to spend a few hundred dollars reupholstering it. I won’t even attempt to do upholster the chair myself!
So the chair become lost in my daughter’s room covered in blankets and throws and forgotten – until she moved out last year. It has been scribbled on and marked up over the years and basically lost in a teenager’s room.
Now with just two bottles of fabric paint, I was able to repurpose and makeover a this pink vintage chair for our new sunroom (coming soon)
Upholstery is a talent I wish I had but I don’t and I am not inclined to learn it at this point. In my career, I have had to hire someone to reupholster furniture more times than I can remember so I know it takes some work and effort. I am perfectly fine leaving it to a professional that I will hire when needed.
A makeover for this little vintage and inexpensive chair is just not one of those times for me – at least not yet.
Last year I started doing research on Pinterest on painting upholstery. You can find so many ideas for projects and techniques on Pinterest on how to paint with many different types of paint and additives and all types of fabric.
One option for painting upholstery fabric is chalk paint but I wasn’t inclined to try that out just yet. Chalk paint is so dry and stiff to the touch.
As for me, I wanted an easy to do option and paint that wouldn’t be stiff and uncomfortable. Surprisingly this little vintage chair is very comfortable to sit in and I wanted to keep it that way.
In my research, I found a couple of bloggers who had used Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in a Velveteen finish on their projects. So I kept reading and ended up on Amazon to order a few bottles of the paint based on their success stories. Since then I have noticed there is also several blogger’s who have used a spray paint version of Tulip Fabric paint and I want to try that out next.
A word of caution, on Amazon there are many different colors of Tulip Soft Fabric paint, but look carefully that it is the Velveteen Finish and not the Matte Finish. You will get a different result with the Matte Finish.
So on to my own experience with this using this paint.
I ordered this paint last summer with plans to update this chair, but that didn’t happen and the whole project got lost in the busyness of my daughter’s wedding and then the holidays. Thankfully this challenge has motivated me to get this project done!
Unfortunately, the Tulip Fabric Paint in the Velveteen finish is only available in about 6 colors that I could find online. It doesn’t seem to be available in most stores. The colors available are red, green, blue, yellow, black and white. I chose the blue because it will go with my décor the best and I needed to hide the ink scribbles on the fabric, so white and yellow were out. Out of the darker colors, let’s just say, blue won out for my new chair color.
The first step for my vintage chair makeover was to clean the upholstery on the chair as much as possible. I couldn’t get the ink out or some of the stains so I was glad I went with the blue color after all.
The plan was to follow the instructions on the bottle of paint as close as I could to end up with a velvet texture to the fabric on my chair after it was done.
Using a couple of foam sponge brushes, I applied the fabric paint to the chair and worked the color in to the texture of the fabric as best as I could. Surprisingly it went on very smoothly since it is a very thick paint.
Thankfully this fabric didn’t soak up a lot of the paint and the first coat covered most of the chair. Since I only had two bottles of the paint, I didn’t apply a second coat but instead just applied paint on the spots or areas of the chairs that needed it. I used up using most of the two bottles I had to cover this small chair.
For the areas around the welting and the buttons, I used a couple of cotton swabs to get deep in to the groves. This process worked out very well too.
Once the chair was painted, I allowed it to dry overnight. The instructions on the bottle say to let it dry for four hours but it was late at night so I just let it dry overnight.
The next step in the instructions on the bottle were to iron the paint on the fabric to give the paint that velvet like feel it was intended for.
Well, I couldn’t really flat iron this chair. Instead, I set the iron to a steam setting for cotton fabric, held it upright over the chair and pressed the steam button to let the heat and steam soften the fabric.
Holding the iron upright did cause it to leak a bit, but the hot steam worked and the fabric was much softer to the touch afterwards. Exactly like I hoped it would be.
Now I have what looks like a new vintage shaped chair to put in my sunroom when it is finished. With the initial cost of $20 for the chair and the two bottles of Tulip Velveteen paint, I have less than $40 total in this chair makeover.
This was a great budget friendly makeover until I decide to have the chair professionally reupholstered – or not.
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Natasha Mairs says
The chair came out great! I have never used fabric paint and was I bit scared of using it until I saw this!
Thanks Natasha. This was a very easy project to do.
What an amazing transformation! I never heard of fabric paint. I love the new color and it did not look difficult to do as a recovering job would have been/
Thanks Pat. It was so easy to do and I think I will enjoy it this way for a few more years.
Rebecca Payne says
So Cute! I love the color.
Denise/My Home of All Seasons says
Wow! What a gorgeous makeover! I think I’d probably throw out any plans to have it professionally reupholstered… you made it look beautiful already. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Denise. That is so nice of you to say. I just may do that.
It looks wonderful Donna! I’ve been dreading reupholstering a vintage piece too; only wish they had more paint colours to choose from. I love how the blue looks on your chair! Great work!
Thanks Sara. I agree. I wish there were more colors to choose from.
Naush Samama says
Stunning transformation Donna. Love how it turned out. I wanted to do something similar too but was too scared d of the stiffness (I assumed) it would create in the fabric. Yours looks fabulous.
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Wow, I never heard of this paint. I have always be skeptical about chalk paint on fabric too.
This turned out great.
I’m with you upholstery is for the professionals.
Thank you Cindy. It helps to keep looking for options on Pinterest.
Interesting!! It looks really good….Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for stopping by!!
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Chas Greener says
Oh it’s so pretty and I love that color. Thanks for sharing and wonderful hopping with you
Thanks Chas. Good to see you in the blog hop as well.
Anita Holland says
What a brilliant job the chair turned out great. I really love the colour you chose.
Wow! I’m so happy to read this post because I have been thinking of trying to paint an old upholstered chair I have.
Thanks Tania. Good luck if you try it out.
Wow! What a difference! I’ve never been able to wrap my brain around painting upholstery, but you may have convinced me, Donna. Well done!
Thanks Ann. I couldn’t either but figured it was worth a try before I spent more money on the chair.
Gail @Purple Hues and Me says
Wow, Donna! What a transformation! That’s amazing! I would have never thought to use Tulip fabric paint on that chair! What a creative idea!
Thanks Gail. It was all because I continued to look for ideas on Pinterest.
Patti @ Pandora's Box says
Wow, this turned out fabulous – and you chose a great color, too. It looks like a brand new chair! Well done.