Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lazy Girl's Upholstery

I'm the first to admit I take the cheap and easy way out when I can. 

I was going to paint the wood and then try to cover the fabric on this old chair from the 80's. Like everyone else, I would cover it with an old grain sack, but I don't have any! 

So I decided to try to paint it on. Here's my version of the poor girl's grain sack: 

Stage One.

This is the best "before" I have. The old 80's fabric doesn't look that bad in the picture below, but believe me it was country blue with mauve diamonds... and not attractive!

I bought it for $30 about 3 years back. It's been in storage all this time and almost got donated many times.

While painting the wood, I decided to try a little homemade chalk paint on the fabric.

The plan (and I do have one)  is to give it another coat of paint to make it a little more brown, like burlap. After that, I'll "French it up"  with a graphic, then paint a couple of lines running from top to bottom.

I hope you'll come back to see the next stage. Meanwhile, I'm sharing at the following parties:


  1. Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog! I wouldn't have thought to paint the fabric with homemade chalk paint. Pretty gutsy - but what the only paid $30 for the chair (great deal - I want to shop with you!).

    Looks great!


  2. WOw - you're the second one I've heard of painting fabric with chalk paint - dying to know how this holds up - I may have a chair that's begging for this type of makeover!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by for a visit and follow back when you have the time!

  3. I'm afraid cheap and easy is not my name, I tend to want to do it "all the way", heck I can't even bring myself to use chalk paint, because I would know what's underneath. Wish I wasn't so weird. I'll be coming back to see how you did.

  4. Looks great so far--looking forward to the finished product!

  5. Looking good - can't wait to see the finale!

  6. Wow, nice changeup! I wonder how well the painted fabric will hold up. Cool idea!

  7. That looks amazing, i can't believe it turned out so well! Just found you on a blog link up, your newest follower!

    Jan @Door251

  8. Thank you for sharing your creative idea at Potpourri Friday!

  9. It looks good! I'll be checking to see the final result!