Fabric Paint Revisited

The other day, I posted about some projects I needed to finish in this post.  One of which was my son’s chair. This one…

Now, doesn't this just scream "boy's room"?

I think I picked it up at the thrift store for $5. Not a single piece of caning was broken, and even though the fabric on the cushion was faded, it was in good condition and it didn’t stink. If you stick around here long enough, you will know that I have a very sensitive nose. I can’t handle stinky stuff.

We are Philadelphia Eagles fans in this house, as we used to live in Philly and South Jersey for quite a while. Therefore, my son’s room looks like this.


Fly Eagles Fly!!

I guess I should mention that this is what it looked like a few months ago. See that shelf in the corner? It’s gone. And the chair sitting on the floor has been replaced with a little bedside table that is still needing to be re-painted, but I digress.

He was not excited by the chair, but I told him I would paint it any color he chose. Yeah, crazy idea because he’s 10, but it’s his room. So, he chose Eagles Gray, to contrast his wall that it would be against. How genius is that for a ten year old?! Awesome!

And so, I wiped it down, took off the cushion cover and washed it, and sprayed the frame with Rustoleum’s Granite color spray paint.

I had a bottle of Rit liquid dye in my laundry room, from a project I did years ago. I figured I would try to dye the cushion cover before I went through the trouble of sewing a new one (even though I already purchased it – I’m a chicken when it comes to sewing anything that people will actually see!).

This is what I used.

This is the cover before…

Seat cover - before

And as I put it in the dye, the black just seemed to be sucked up into the cotton! Yay!

I let it sit for thirty minutes, moving it around every two minutes or so. Good lord, my back was killing me when I was done. I can’t imagine what it was like in the old days when people had to wash their clothes in the river! Ugh!

Anyway, I rinsed it and put it in the wash, as directed. But when I took it out of the washer, this is the color it was.

Sorta, kinda grayish. Eww.

Sorry about the tape, I had forgotten to take the pic until I started taping off the stripes. So, upon seeing this, and knowing how well it worked for me before, I went to Jo-Ann’s and picked up Tulip Fabric Spray in Asphalt (black) 

Then I taped off some stripes to give it some interest.

Don't judge how even the stripes aren't.

And sprayed away. This time, there was no need for me to use a brush to move it around and coat it. The spray-er on this bottle was better at hitting a wider target, had a finer mist, and the cotton SUCKED IT UP!!! I only had to use one bottle, and it covered two coats with some left over.

I let it dry for a few minutes, and ripped off the tape. Then let it sit overnight.

And here it is now!


I finished this last night, and brought the chair back to his room this morning. He is already using it, as you can see here.

Doing what he loves most!

There is no color transfer on his pants, or feet.

And while I was at it, since it worked so well, I also painted this chair. I had painted the frame before, but I was waiting on sewing a cover for the cushion.

$4 dollar chair - I have a serious chair hoarding problem.

Since you now know that I don’t like to sew, I was more than eager to try this first. I had planned on something much funkier and fun for the seat, but for now, it’s an easy fix. It is cotton too, so it just soaked up the pigment. And here is the chair now.

I’m beginning to think this might be pretty handy for me and anyone else that would rather not sew.

So, now we know that it works on polyester blends and cotton. I had a few questions about whether it would work on velvet type cloth too, and it just so happens that I bought a couch at the thrift store the other day for $19 that is covered in velvet-y fabric. Since I am going to re-upholster this one, I took off the cushions and tried it out. (I like to be thorough when people ask me for an answer!)

Wow! That's quite orange!

I know it’s not beautiful now, but that couch will be STUNNING!!!

And this is the test spot…

The paint was soaked right up, and covered this well after only one coat. I’m still waiting for it to dry all the way because I only just did it, but the spots along the edge are dry, and they don’t feel sticky or crunchy at all!

Okay, that wraps it up for this post. Let me know if there are any other questions!

Thanks for stopping by!



13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rondell
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 22:26:50

    I just have to get me some of that paint, I’ll go to JoAnn’s tomorrow and you watch they won’t have it:( I love how both chairs turned out and can’t wait to see the couch done in either way!


  2. mairzeebp
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 07:53:25

    Stink free is the way to be is what I always say. Ok, I don’t but, now knowing about your sensitive nose, I’ll refrain from sending you that tuna in the mail :). I love the pictures with your posts. Some day soon I’m going to have a home of my own and I know exactly where to go when I want to start some DIY projects. You’re my inspiration :).


    • A Pinterest Addict
      Jan 02, 2012 @ 13:07:28

      The stink is just one of the reasons I don’t care for tuna! Ewww! I can’t wait to see your house! Can I come up and go thrifting with you?? Or help with wedding favors, etc? I think I am just as excited as you are for the wedding!!


  3. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 03:31:09

    Eliesa, this turned out great! This would be a fabulous Metamorphosis Monday post! Terrific Before and After. Thanks for the tutorial!


  4. Kristy Swain
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 12:53:07

    I love how thorough you are!! Good job.


  5. Pamela Coll
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 08:20:38

    Love the chair in Vinnie’s room, looks fabulous and so unique. Super job!


  6. Rebecca Boling Trotman
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 08:01:45

    Bought a beautiful Broyhill chair and ottoman from a rather dark house. When I got it home it has bad stains all over it. Will the paint cover the stains ??? Also is it more like dye or rather stiff paint? I hope this is my answer !!!


    • A Pinterest Addict
      Jan 07, 2012 @ 10:45:42

      I don’t know if it would cover all stains, but it covers over designs pretty well. It’s more like a stain/dye. I found it covered great on the cotton pieces, soaked the color right up, and when it dries, its not crunchy or scratchy. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.


  7. Joanna
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 19:59:41

    How did the velvet type fabric dry? I have a pink couch and chair that I I don’t want to reupholster because of the tufting.


    • A Pinterest Addict
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 20:20:13

      It dried a little crispy at first, but after a little use, it wasn’t so bad. Mine wasn’t a cottony fabric, so it depends on what kind of fabric you use. Can you test a spot where you won’t see it?


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