So, here's what I did. :) I used an old Tupperware bowl and mixed 2 cups of paint (just flat latex), 2 cups of Textile Medium (got from Hobby Lobby with my coupon) and 2 cups of water. Make sure you spray the material with water before you start painting so the paint doesn't soak into the material as much. Then I just used my favorite paint brush and went to town painting. I didn't really worry about getting paint on the wood because I knew I would be painting the wood anyway.
This is after 1 coat of paint
It only took 2 coats of paint! I made sure to keep some paint for mess ups that would happen when I painted the wood and I'm glad I did! Next step was to prime the wood. I used 2 coats of Zinsser Primer Bulls Eye 123 which is my favorite primer ever. Once I had the primer on I knew that the final product would be amazing. The dark gray painted material looked so great even against the white primer!
2 coats of primer
I used Valspar Latex Enamel (interior/exterior) Paint. I had used that on the Bookshelves as well as the Desk and loved the finish it gave me. I did 2 coats and it was perfect! Last step was just to do a coat of Minwax Polycrylic to seal it.
I love the final product!
I love the process of painting fabric and it's so easy anyone can do it. These chairs are a little firm right now, the feel of them is something very close to leather. Plenty comfy enough to sit in! When I painted the couch it had the same feel (leather like) for around 2 months and then it felt just like any other normal non painted fabric. I love them and I know from my experience with the couch that they will hold up great!
I also wanted to share a beautiful chair from 11 Magnolia Lane! This beauty was the inspiration behind my gray and white color scheme. So beautiful! It is also a painted fabric chair with another great tutorial. Hop on over and show 11 Magnolia Lane some love!
What do you think? Would you ever consider painting fabric? I would love to hear your thoughts on the before and after of the chairs! Happy Painting!