Published at Wednesday, November 21st 2018. by Dora Tate in Armchair.
A lovely bedroom chair for a while, but this isn't going to go. The color is not the right scheme. For my bedroom - and there are a few stains as well, so I looked into getting it reupholstered because I do love to support these age-old arts, but it was gonna cost upwards of seven hundred pounds and I'm not sure the chair was even worth that. My name is first board, so instead I've decided to paint it I've never painted fabric. Before I have done my research though, but I have to say, I am a little bit nervous. So what I've got here is a rust-ileum chalk paint in winter grey.
I just happen to have this left over and I know it goes to the bedroom, so I'm going with that one. I've watered it down in a kettle, just add a little bit of water to make it easier to spread onto the fabric. You need a water spray to dampen the fabric first and I've got a big chunky and eat slow brush as well, don't get on with it. I started off by following the advice to spray the fabric with water and then use watered down chalk paint, but actually found that dipping a brush into water and then into neat chalk paint work just as well, and actually it meant the fabric didn't get quite as Wet so didn't take as long to dry remember to get into any of the creases, because when you sit down on these they're likely to pull apart and show the original color in the end, I found using a stubby.
Stencil brush was best for getting into these and also for the piping just to prove how easy this is to do. I even got my young apprentice in on the job, and now you could just imagine I'm dreading the day I walk in to find her painting. My husband, favorite leather, armchair, with a big grin on her face, it's going to happen in between coats, is worth leaving for 24 hours because remember it's not just the paint but also the fabric that needs to dry before you do the next case.
After the first case, I could still see the pattern underneath, particularly in areas where I'd watered-down the paint too much, but I found that two coats are enough and of course this will be very dependent on the fabric and the color that you use before waxing. It's worth sanding with a very light, flexible, sanding pad and then brush and dust away. So the final step was to put two coats of Vaughn steel, interior wax and white ash on it, and I have to say the result has completely surpassed my expectations.
So I'm thrilled with it. I think it just looks like a really plush gray armchair for my bedroom and now I know some of you were a little bit dubious about this, so I have got to the ultimate tester here my own little monkey that I made earlier.
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