The ultimate money-saving furniture makeover is achieved by spray-painting upholstered chairs and sofas. It sounds unusual, even a little off-the-wall, but the results are stunning. This simple project relies on a few things for a flawless, matt, leather-like finish: the sofa or chair should be made of cotton, linen or other smooth, low-pile fabric and be completely clean and free of rips and tears. An even, steady application technique -- using non-toxic fabric spray paint -- is essential to a professional finish. Add accents to any piping or other unique details with gold, silver or copper metallic acrylic stain for an artful, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture.
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Things you need
- Simply Spray's fabric spray paint -- non-toxic and non-flammable
- Non-toxic acrylic stain for crafts
- Clean rags
- Paper towels
- Artist brush
- Bullion fringe
Determine how many cans of spray paint you will need based on the formula that one 227gr can will cover up to 18 square feet of surface. Ensure there are no rips or tears in the upholstered sofa or chair. Test the fabric by sprinkling some water on the surface. If the water beads, it means the fabric cannot absorb liquid and therefore is not paintable. Fabrics such as 100 per cent nylon, some polyester and vinyl are dye and paint resistant. Paint leather -- which is porous -- for a stained, rather than paint finish.
Cover a well-ventilated work space with newspapers. If possible, spray outside in temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius. Place the furniture piece on the newspaper. Remove and set aside any loose cushions to be painted separately.
Shake the spray paint can. Hold it about 16 inches to 18 inches away from the furniture piece and apply the first coat. Refer to the paint manufacturer's instructions for specific directions and drying times.
Apply a second coat once the piece is dry to the touch. Let dry. Check if the fabric is thoroughly coated and opaque. Apply a third coat if necessary. Allow the paint to dry for at least 72 hours before using it. Finish the piece by rubbing with a white towel to remove residue and impart a brilliant sheen.
Paint details like piping or fabric-covered buttons with acrylic stain using an artist brush for an elegant finish. Let dry. Add bullion fringe along the base of the sofa or chair for even more drama.
Tips and warnings
- Always use spray paint outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
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