While moving things around recently in the living room, I brought this chair back, in addition to bringing in a smaller couch. All for the Furbaby to make it easier for him to navigate now that he’s blind.
Once I brought the chair back in, I noticed the cushion and how nasty it looked. YUK and YUK is all I can say.
While researching how to recover this cushion and the couch (dingy and needs to be freshened up) I came across a fabric painting tutorial from www.kimsixfix.com . She painted an entire chair in her nursery.
Hmmm, y’all know I love to paint and my personal opinion is that paint can fix just about anything………Well, ok maybe not everything, but close…….. I thought it would be better to experiment on the cushion first. Much easier replaced if I messed it up than the couch.
I read it several times and decided to give it a try. Kim recommended using this product for the medium.
I wasn’t able to find it in the craft stores around here, so I went to my go to place, Amazon……. (here’s the link if you have the same problem I did) http://amzn.to/1Pb1U9F
Following the tutorial, I assembled what I needed
Spray Bottle of water
Container for mixing
Kim used a latex paint, so I thought I’d stick with that, plus it’s what I had in a color I liked. Following the directions, I used 1 part fabric medium, 1 part paint and two parts water.
While not mentioned in the tutorial, I did sand the fabric first. Once you’ve applied the paint and it dries, it will be stiff. NOT comfortable to sit on. The sanding breaks down the fibers so it softens the fabric.
After sanding, I sprayed one side of the cushion with water. You don’t want it soaking wet, but damp to the touch. This allows the fabric to absorb the paint.
Now for the scary part……….dipping the brush in the paint and painting. So take a deep breath and do it.
Just like painting anything else, THIN coats work best. It will save you time and will look better when you’re all done. Trust me on this one. I learned the hard way…… Once the first side is dry, flip it over and repeat on the other side.
Here it is after the first coat
Now here’s where you don’t want to get in a rush. Let it dry thoroughly.
Sand it and be sure to get all the corners and little hidden places.
Brush it off well so there is no paint dust left for the next coat to stick too. Spray with water so that it’s damp but not soppy wet. Paint on your second coat. Again, let it dry thoroughly. Then sand it again.
I should have done a third coat but I got in a hurry and didn’t. So when I go to paint the couch, I’ll mix up this color and add the third coat.
Once it was all done, I wanted to check for color fastness. I wash the couch cushions a lot at my house because of the dog. It didn’t fade or run after being washed and dried.
I love the pop of color it adds, it was an inexpensive fix to a yukky cushion and it looks great!
It’s hard for me to tell you just how much you will need. It will depend on the size fabric you are painting, if you are covering a pattern and how dirty it is. I used 1 cup of paint for this. Once I put the third coat on, I will have used 1 1/4 cups of paint, 1 1/4 cups of the medium and 2 1/2 cups of water. That’s it.
Kim’s tutorial mentions she used 2 bottles of the Fabric Medium, she was painting an entire chair. I used less than one bottle for the two coats, so when I add the third coat, it will be an entire bottle.
Some of you loved the color, so here is what I used. I had it on hand from another project.
I plan on tackling the couch this weekend and I’ll post pictures of the before and after when it’s all done.
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