Fabric Paint – questions and answers…

Good morning! I can not tell you how excited I am that you are stopping by my blog! The response to my post about this chair has been overwhelming – over 100,000 views just for that post alone!

Fabric Spray Paint

In the last three days, I’ve have over ten thousand hits and as a relative newbie to the blogging thing, I’m floored!

Please Note: The above picture is not the finished chair. Yesterday I sanded off the black spray paint on the legs, so it’s a hot mess right now. This pic was taken before I put the additional coat of fabric paint on, so there are still a few green areas visible. That’s not the case now, and as soon as I get it all done, I’ll post finished pics.

There have been lots of questions about the fabric paint I used on this chair, so I want to answer them as best I can. Here goes!

1. What did you use? Tulip Fabric Spray Paint in Dark Teal.

2. Does it feel stiff? No, it pretty much feels the way it did before I painted it. However, the fabric I used it on wasn’t soft to begin with. If I had to guess about what the fabric is, I’d say some kind of polyester blend. I don’t know how it will react to other kinds of fabric. I’m trying it today on cotton. I’ll update this post when I find out.

3. Does it rub off? No, not yet anyway. I have sat on it many times now and not a tiny bit of color has transferred. Today I will try to see if it rubs off if you sit on it while wet. (I’m assuming people are asking this because they want to use it on pool/outside furniture?) It says on the bottle that you can wash it after 72 hours, provided that you turn the garment inside out. Obviously, I won’t be sticking the chair in the washing machine, so I’m going to do the next best thing… a damp towel.

4. How many bottles did this take? It took me five bottles. I had a bunch of nooks and crannies to do, so I used almost a whole bottle just getting into the tufting. Repeatedly. The stain sets into the fabric, so it required quite a few coats.

5. How much does it cost? I bought it at both Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics. It was $6.79 at Michael’s and $6.99 at Jo-Ann’s. But this week it was on sale at Jo-Ann’s for 25% off, so I paid just under $5 for it. I thought it was kind of expensive given that it only was a few ounces, but when I think of what the cost of re-upholstering it would have been, it’s pretty cheap.

Just a few of my own tips for this project.

  • Be sure to have a paint brush handy. The spray doesn’t come out like your typical spray paint. It’s not an aerosol. So, it will just be a big circle of paint, plopped on the fabric. Use the brush to spread it out and work it into the nooks and crannies. It’s also not sticky or tacky, and takes about twenty minutes to dry, so it’s super easy to spread and manipulate.
  • It will stain your hands (and your face – ugh), so use gloves. And be sure to use a drop cloth, because it will stain your floors. My driveway is now teal-ish in the spot I did this in. Oops! It blends nicely with all the black/blue/gray overspray from my other projects.
  • Depending on what you are covering, plan on about four coats to uniformly color your fabric.
  • The bottle says that it works best on covering over white or light colors. This is true, but it did do a good job covering light/medium green.

If you do this project, I would love it if you came back to share your results!

Thanks so much for stopping by – be sure to come back!



I think I need an intervention…

For my thrifting addiction. I can’t seem to stop myself. This hobby of mine is getting out of control. I see beautiful old pieces of furniture with great lines, and solid construction and I. MUST. HAVE. IT!! I know I don’t have a place in my house to put most of it, but I want to take it home with me anyway. I’m convinced I can strip off the ugly, and give each piece new life. If it won’t fit in my house, I’m sure I can find someone who will love it. And so, because of this, my garage is filled with projects waiting patiently for my attention.

I am a list lover. I love getting to mark off the projects as I get them done. So, I figured that I would make  a list of things that are waiting to be re-finished.  However, because it seems that there are many to-do lists crumbled up in my purse, I will post this one here.

1. Repaint and re-cover my son’s chair.

For the Boy Child's room

2. Strip the paint from these cabinets and repaint them. Aren’t they beautiful? I love them.

There are two of these. So, twice the amount of stripping fun to be had!

3. Sand and re-paint this little cabinet. On a side note, I don’t have any place to put this in my house.

I just liked the detail in the doors.

4. Find lamp shades for all these. Or sell them. My lamp addiction is getting ridiculous!

There aren't enough rooms in my house for all these!!

5. Get this closet in my office cleaned out and put in shelves.

Don't judge my mess!

6. Sand and paint this little beauty.

I just can't decide on the color - any suggestions?

Did you notice that there are more lamps on there? Yeah, I have enough lamps to light the neighborhood.

Okay, that’s all I can handle for the next few weeks. I also have a few more projects to finish that are half started, like this chair. This is the before pic.

It's painted, but the cushion needs to be re-covered.

Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂


Pinterest Addict – Spray paint chair

UPDATE: This post has received a crazy amount of attention, for which I am ridiculously happy about. I did a follow up post here. It contains answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning this chair. Thanks so much for stopping by! BTW, I would love it if you would sign up to follow me 🙂

So, I know it is not Thursday yet, but I started this post last week and didn’t finish it. Then it was Christmas and I totally got tied up with other things and didn’t get back to it. Today, I saw that it was till sitting out in limbo and figured that I had better finish it. This is the way my life is lately, and I hope soon it will slow down just a bit to let me finish all my projects.

Back to business…  I bought this chair at Faith Farm many months ago for $5.


Chair – before

It’s one of my favorite chairs. Super cute and and comfortable. Love all the tufting on the seat back, which is why I didn’t feel like I could re-upholster it myself. The green fabric is in good shape, but completely the wrong shade for my office.
Since I’ve been reading so much about painting upholstery, I came across Tulip Fabric Spray paint, in one of the blogs I read.


Enter Tulip Fabric Spray Paint

This is how far one bottle of the fabric spray paint got me

Forgive me for not saying which one, but I can’t remember. What I do remember is that the writer said that the piece they painted was not crunchy at all. After my attempt to use latex and acrylic paint came out a little more crunchy that I wanted, this sounded like a good alternative. So, when I stumbled on the spray at Michael’s, I bought one bottle. One bottle? What was I thinking?! This I how far that bottle got me.
Yeah, it doesn’t cover much. I ended up using a four more bottles to cover the chair, and I still have a few spots left that aren’t quite teal enough.

This is the chair now, which is not quite finished.

The chair – After.
I am going to re-do the legs and arms – not loving the black.

The legs need to be re-painted because I botched them completely. (used spray paint, and then acrylic paint to touch them up and ended up with very splotchy legs.)

I have to go buy another bottle of paint to even out the color. And I think I might paint the legs a different color all together. I don’t love the black with the teal. Maybe a silver leaf finish?

BOTTOM LINE: Will I use this again? Yes. It is not crunchy at all, which was really important to me because I will be using this chair every day in my office. But it is expensive at $6.79 for a little bottle that doesn’t cover much.

Have you tried this product? Did you have good results?

Thanks for stopping by!


Painted upholstery

I wanted to just write up a quick “how-I-did-it” for the painted chairs I posted about here. I first heard of painting furniture from this Pinterest pin…

What?! Painted upholstery??

Kristy Swain at Hyphen Interiors painted a thrifted chair for her bedroom. It looked fabulous. Okay, fast forward a few weeks and I see the Mr. Goodwill Hunting has now painted two chairs that he picked up for dirt-cheap! Since I had just purchased two chairs for $10 a piece just a day or two before his post (and promptly found out that it would cost around $350 to re-upholster them – NOT including the fabric!) I was super excited to find an alternative method to make them work for the space.

If you don’t remember, here is one of the chairs in it’s original state.

Chair: before

First thing I did was vacuum the chairs and wiped them down to remove any dust or dirt. Then I got my supplies together.

Everything I needed for this project

I mixed together the textile medium and the Glidden paint according to the directions I read on Kristy’s blog…and added enough water to make it soupy. And then I rolled it on. At first it was not covering well at all. This is after two coats of latex paint.

Still way too light and see-through

Then I added some of the acrylic paint to the mix. The acrylic paint seems to have a lot more pigment, so it went on a lot darker. But it also dried much stiffer.

After FOUR coats of paint

You can still see the faintest hint of the flowers underneath. After four coats of paint, I thought the seats were way too scratchy. When I had tried to sand them down, the process left them looking very worn and gray, but much smoother. I was not going for a worn look, so I had to figure something else out. So, I poured some fabric softener in a bowl and dipped the scrub brush in it and scrubbed down the chairs. It worked! And as a bonus, the chairs smell heavenly. Love that Mrs. Meyers line of cleaners – they smell AMAZING!! (The textile medium is a little stinky at first, so that step really helps)

So, this is one of the chairs as it sits in my living room today. Why is it covered with the throw still? Well, because that throw is super soft and feels better than even the scrubbed paint ever will. 

BOTTOM LINE: Would I do this again? Yes! I can’t afford the cost of fabric and labor to reupholster them now, so this is a great alternative. Are they comfortable? Well, they aren’t soft and comfy as they were before, but hardly anyone actually sits in them because we spend most of our time in the family room. But they look a million times better than they used to look in the space, so it’s all good!

Note: if you want more detailed directions and some other kick-butt examples of painted upholstery, check out Kristy’s blog, here! 

It’s not really a makeover

I was so excited this weekend to find this little gem at Faith Farm…

Yep, it’s really a Stiffel!

Some Stiffel lamps go for hundreds of dollars on eBay. As of today, someone has a pair of these listed on eBay for $250. Guess how much I paid for it?

Yep!! 2 BUCKS!!!

Insane! Obviously, they didn’t check their labels…

It’s not like it was hiding or anything!

So, I asked for suggestions on how to clean all the nasty away…


So I tried their suggestions, like Wrights Brass Polish. When that didn’t seem like it was going to cut through the gunk, I tried a mixture of vinegar, salt and flour and let it sit for about twenty minutes. That helped a lot, but it still needed some more work. Went back to Wrights Polish and this time, it shined it up a bit more.

This is what it looks like now…


It’s much better, but could probably use some more shine.

I also found this beauty – for $2 bucks also! I love this for my office.

Love the teal!

It doesn’t have a label or mark to tell me who made it, but I love it none-the-less.

So, this wasn’t really a makeover as much as it was a “clean-up”.

Thanks for stopping by!


UPDATE: I went back to FF yesterday and found another Stiffel lamp – for 2 bucks!

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