Randa from The Everyday Domestic gave her dining room set new life with Simplicity and Liquorice in her first whack at fabric painting!
I’ve been curious about painting fabric for some time now. There have been many cases where I loved a piece of furniture, but hated the colour. I finally decided to stop wondering and to just do it; my test subjects were my dining room chairs. 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 got to work.
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 would 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.
Now that I know that Country Chic Paint works so well on fabric, I think I’m going to start hunting garage sales for a bedroom accent chair.
Randa Derkson is a mother, wife, and blogger. If she’s not chasing her toddler or wiping crayon off the walls, she’s starting a new project. She showcases her renovations/DIY’s, recipes, and her life on the North Coast of British Columbia at The Everyday Domestic.