Before & After: A Little Chair’s Upholstery Gets a Spray Paint Makeover

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Emma’s vintage chair had a lovely shape and good bones, it just looked a little bit tired. Not fully ready to commit to a reupholstery project, she opted to spray paint her chair and go jewel tone.

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From Emma: This vintage 1920s chair was still in great condition but the light cream fabric was looking rather grubby.

I wasn’t going to spend the huge amount of money to have it reupholstered right now and it was only going to get more grubby as time went on I decided to have a go at painting it, with nothing to lose.

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I bought two cans of fabric spray paint from Simply Spray in Hunter Green which cost £20 ($26). I was also very tempted by the coral, but I decided the dark green was a more versatile color and would cover up the discoloration on the fabric better. I covered the wooden legs in masking tape and my husband carried the chair down to the garden where we gave it its first coat of paint. The cans are really easy to use, just point and spray. The key is to cover it from all angles and keep the spray nice and even. It was dry to the touch after an hour or so. After a few days we dragged it back outside for coat number two, which made the color richer and deeper and generally gave the impression of it being a green chair, rather than a beige chair that had been spray painted green.

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I love the rich color and how it has transformed this chair into a statement piece

Emma’s words of wisdom: Pick a dark color to cover up discoloration and stains.

Thank you Emma! You can see this project and more on Emma’s blog.