Painting Fabric With Chalk Based Paint
For a long time I have wondered about painting fabric. Especially when it came to my horrendous dining room chairs. I finally decided to stop wondering and to just do it. I’m still not sure if this makes me crazy or not.
I bought my dining room set for $50 back when my husband and I moved to Leduc, AB. This was back in 2007 and although it isn’t the nicest looking set, it’s still holding up strong.
The dining room chairs resemble something you would find in the ’90s and have a metal frame. My husband calls it “outdoor furniture”, I call it “we’re not getting rid of it until we move”. The seats are frayed and torn up from my cat utilizing it as a scratching post, there is paint from other projects splattered across the seats, and they just don’t match my decor.
They’re embarrassing and I just plain don’t like them.
I have had my eye on a set of french script dining room chairs for a while, so I made a deal with myself to paint the chairs. If it works out, great and if not – I get new chairs.
I brought out a can of Country Chic Paint’s chalk and mineral based paint in Liquorice and a can of Simplicity, and started.
I used a synthetic 2″ brush for the whole project, and the results are pretty good.
The metal frame was a dream to paint on. No brush strokes showed up and the finish is satin-like. It looks like I bought the chair like this. No complaints at all.
Painting fabric was kind of a scary thought, but I just did it. Since I had an “I don’t care” mentality about the project I skipped washing the seats and fixing the tears and holes from the cat. I really didn’t believe that this project wouldn’t turn out, and I treated it like an experiment. As you can tell with the photo, the project turned out quite well. So with that note, I highly suggest you give the seats a good scrubbing before with mild soap and water and patch up the holes (if you have any).
Here’s a quick side by side photo after my first coat. On the first chair, I painted the frame first and then the seat. It was the wrong order (I got Simplicity on the frame), make sure you do the cushions first. It saves for a lot of touch ups after.
I waited, roughly, four hours in between each cushion coat. I only did two coats.
I can’t believe how well this project turned out. I was worried that the moment I sat down the seat would “crack” – it hasn’t yet and I have been using it for two weeks now.
I have not sealed or protected it yet, as I’m not 100% sure on what I should use. Obviously wax is out of the question, but I’m thinking maybe a scotch guard. If anyone has any suggestions, please leave them in the comments.
Look at this remarkable side by side comparison:
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