A couple of weeks ago I spotted a Craiglist ad for some chairs, a store in the area was closing and they were giving them for free. The ones I was interested in were some swivel office chairs the original post had, so I went to pick them up and do some other errands in that area.
Well, when I arrived, the swivel chairs were gone!
These were the ones left, there were also some cabinets and some more plastic office chairs on the other side.
Hmmm I was not interested in those "leather" chairs :) I grabbed two with fabric material.
I thought about using them in my office, but that room is serving too many purposes right now, as an office, guest room, and storage space. There is still a bed in there since we had a guest... who knows when! That's why I brought the chairs to the family room. When my husband saw them, he said they looked like hotel room chairs. I couldn't agree more :/ and right then and there I began thinking on how to change them.
The color was OK but again, they were too dark for my space, they look better in these pictures with all the light that was purring in. I didn't want to re-upholster them. Too much work + fabric ;)
I decided to paint the fabric, using these chairs as "guinea pigs". I have another set of chairs - wing back chairs that I was thinking on doing the same, but I was hesitant on doing it to those chairs since they are of a better quality.
This is how it all went:
First I painted the wooden parts. two coats home made chalk-paint.
I also use home made chalk-paint to paint the fabric. As you see in the left picture below, only one coat was covering lots. That first coat of paint took me like two hours to complete on only one chair!
For the first chair I used a Purdy paint brush to paint most of the chair. I had to come back to paint the tufted back with a smaller brush, going in between the folds and inside the holes, that was the hardest part.
For the second chair I didn't use the Purdy brush. Wearing a plastic glove I painted it with my hand, my fingers worked better to apply paint in all those folds. Painting it this way was faster since that material absorbed LOTS of paint and with my hand I just slapped the paint on.
I waited 24 hours for the paint to dry, though they felt dry at the end of the day. They looked horrible! At that point I even considered throwing them away but anyhow I continued because so many people have done this and they had giving it good reviews!
The second coat made them look so much better. Look at the difference!
The second coat went on faster than the first one, I used the paint brush again. I decided two coats were all they needed. Both chairs got two coats of paint.
They looked good but they were outrageously rough! The fabric had turned into sand paper! As soon as they were dry I brought them back to the garage for a good sanding.
See the difference:
After dusting them very well, the wooden parts got waxed. I'm still trying to improve my work with the dark wax ;)
And they were DONE!
This is my view on this whole project:
It was not easy. I thought upholstering them would've been easier (well, kind of 50/50 because removing staples isn't easy either). The first coat of paint took forever and the sanding was also exhausting.
Do I like the look? Yes! When I'm in the kitchen and at the far end I see my new pair of white chairs they look lovely, just like in these pictures. I like how they are not shiny, I didn't want any shine on the fabric, that's why I didn't apply wax on it.
Do I like how they feel? No. They are not rough, they are smooth but they feel like plastic material. When my daughter sat for the first time on one of the chairs she said: "it feels like I'm sitting on an old marshmallow", I guess that's not too good ;)
I'm going to keep them right here where they are. If I see any changes I'll update this post.
For the wing back chairs I think I'm going to skip the paint treatment, they're going to be upholstered.
The chairs were painted with home made chalkpaint -custom colors - Find the recipe HERE.