We’ve received all kinds of fun hand-me-down furniture lately from my step-dad and this old Barrel Cane Chair is one of the many pieces I’ve made over (and posted about) in the past two months. Initially, it was very 70’s complete with red velvet. My husband dubbed it “the pimp chair” and wanted to keep it the same and use it in the garage…but he’s married to a DIY blogger so, clearly, that wasn’t going to happen.
I’ve been wanting to try painting fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® for a while now but was waiting for the right piece. And honestly, I was really skeptical about painting fabric. But I visited my local ASCP retailer and they showed me a few painted fabric pieces they had done and I was really impressed. But none of the pieces were velvet. So I Googled it because Google knows everything. I found this article from Maison Decor on How to Paint a Velvet Chairs with ASCP.
This was the chair before…
I mixed my paint (the color I used is called Old White) with water (roughly 4 parts paint to 1 part water) and painted the whole chair, fabric and wood, to keep it easy. I figured the watered down paint could act as a primer on the wood and I could paint it gold later down the road. After the first coat, red still showed through, so I allowed 24 hours dry time, sanded the fabric lightly with a sanding block and did a second coat on the whole chair.
After the second coat dried for another 24 hours, I painstakingly painted the wood parts with various small brushes in Martha Stewart Vintage Gold (from Home Depot). I went really slowly so as not to get any on the white fabric parts. I did two coats of the gold.
I could still see some red popping through so I ended up doing a light 3rd coat on the fabric. Then I painted the buttons with the gold.
To seal the wood parts, I used Minwax Water Based Satin Polycrylic. For the fabric, you mix equal parts Annie Sloan Clear Wax and mineral spirits (as detailed in the Maison Decor post). Yes, you read that right! You wax the fabric to keep it pliable.
And that’s it. From pimp chair to queen chair. The fabric really does look and feel like leather now. There are a few little cracks but I think it adds to the leather look. I’d definitely wouldn’t hesitate to paint fabric this way again and from what I’ve seen in person, it works even easier on fabric that’s not plush like velvet!
What do you think? Would try painting fabric?