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How to Spray Paint an Upholstered Chair

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

How to spray paint a chair with upholstery spray paint.

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If you checked out my design plan for our living room, you probably noticed the two teal swoop arm chairs I included in the design. You may have also noticed we already have two very similar style chairs, just in a floral pattern that totally clashes with the new design.

Ever since I came across a Youtube video about painting a velvet couch using chalk paint and fabric medium, I knew I had to give painting upholstery a try. It almost seemed too good to be true, that you could actually change the color of fabric with paint?! And that it wasn't just a crusty, leathery mess at the end?? Well, in order to try to make our current chairs fit with the new design, I hatched a plan to paint them. And since we scored these chairs for $50 at a garage sale last year, I didn't feel too bad subjecting them to this potentially epic failure of an experiment.

I decided on fabric spray paint instead of the chalk paint + fabric medium method because, frankly, it seemed easier and faster. I really didn't want to invest many many hours into painting these things just for them to not look good. I knew this was a potentially risky experiment and adjusted my work