Why in the world it took me so long to do this, I do not know. A couple of years ago when I was in Pottery Barn one day, they had some pieces up front reduced for clearance, marked "Floor Samples." (They weren't really Clearance by my standards of clearance prices, but it was better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.) You already know I have never met a Frenchy-style chair that I didn't like, so it came home with me for this little desk where it now sits in the Master Bedroom.
You also know I am a constant furniture shifter, so it has also been everywhere else in the meantime. Now it is back where it belongs.
I am not crazy about dull neutrals as you know, and the fabric did not read as light as it looks in these photos. It was a most definite shade of greige. Not hideous, just not my thing.
All summer while I was getting over the knee replacement, the little wheels were turning in my head for this new look in here. Should I try to recover the chair, slipcover it or paint it? After all, I had painted the fuchsia chairs in the LR, and they turned out great. I knew that I wanted to keep the frame in the wood finish because everything else in this room has a painted finish!
It involved a lot of taping as you can see, and that took about 45 minutes or so while I watched yet another Castle re-run. Aside: I have spent the last lazy month catching up on Castle -- I had never watched it before, and when I saw a couple of the old episodes, I got completely hooked. Not unlike crack addiction?
The most important first step is to vacuum or thoroughly brush the upholstery before you start to paint. Once again, I used Design Master spray paint which works on fabric. REGULAR SPRAY PAINT WILL NOT WORK! This paint was originally made for florists and designers who use it for both real and silk flowers. Another Design blogger made me aware of this product: Lynda Quintero-Davids of Focal Point blog. She is a master stylist and decorator, and she used this on some outdoor cushions a while back. She also said that she had used it a lot when working as a visual merchandiser in retail.
This stuff is very smelly, so do it outside or open up your garage or wherever you are working so you don't asphyxiate yourself. In between coats, when the paint has dried -- and it won't take very long -- brush the fabric again, in all directions. This softens it up and keeps it from getting too stiff.
The fabric will probably not be quite as soft as it was before, but with time and use, it does get softer. I know that because the fuchsia chairs are pretty soft now, and we don't even use them a ton. When the piece is ready to come inside, give it one last good brushing.
When I was picking up this paint at Michael's (HobLob does not sell it) I noticed that Design Master has something called "spray tint" now. They did not have a lot colors, but I am going to investigate that, and I will let you know what I find out.
The shade I used is Turquoise, and I think it looks a little darker than I really wanted because the fabric was not white to begin with. I had previously bought some white Design Master to try out on another chair, and it does not work at all. I am going to try it on some light lampshades that could use a lift. I will let you know how that works out, too.
Here is the chair in the room, and you can see bits and pieces of some of the changes I have made so far. I still have a couple of pillows to do and the armoire and nightstands to paint, so we won't talk about any of these other things today.
So how do you like my chair? It is amazing what a jolt of color like this can do, the hue picked up from three other fabrics in the room. The Master Bedroom is also starting to relate nicely to the Boho Bath and the Living Room which was the object of the game all along.
|The paint is actually quite even.|
I think there is a glare from the overhead lights which makes it look like it is not.
Linking up to The DIY Showoff for That DIY Party, Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday, Mod Vintage Life for Mod Mix Monday, Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday, A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday and Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Friday.