Painting and Dyeing Upholstered Furniture

My husband and I have been small business owners for our entire marriage.  This has meant that our income has always been feast or famine.  So, when it has come to furniture and home improvements, we have never had the funds to go out a purchase whole new sets:   dining rooms sets, bedroom sets, family room sets.

Also, December of 2010 we rescued our amazing furry friend, Curtis. As a lab/beagle mix, he is such a social creature.  Curtis loves to snuggle with you on the couch or chair.   Even though he is sweet, I would not trust him with a brand new sofa….I think I would spend more time yelling at him than loving on him.

What does this mean?  Goodwill, of course!  I have found a new couch, chair and a half plus ottoman, and chair for our family room.  None of them match color wise or style.  I was thinking about reupholstering them or making slipcovers.  But now I am intrigued by two other techniques I have floating around blogland and the internet:  painting and dying your upholstered furniture.  Here are some links to sites I’ve found.

A Pinterest Addict used Tulip Fabric Spray Paint to create this beautiful chair.
Not Just a Housewife used DecoArt So Soft fabric paint for this beauty.
Hyphen Interiors used latex paint, fabric medium, and acrylic paint for this transformation
Hyphen Interiors used just acrylic paint and fabric medium in this transformation
Kara Paslay Designs used purple RIT dye to create this gorgeous chair
Wrinkler Avenue turned cranberry chairs into navy chairs with paint
No Sugar did this transformation with paint
What do you think?  Is painting a piece of upholstered furniture a good thing?  Is it best to go with re-upholstering or making slipcovers?
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  1. says

    thanks for posting my beauty! to answer your question, it feels exactly the same as it did when I painted it, and shows no wear. The fabric is stiffer than it was before, but it doesn’t crack or chip or anything weird. Very happy with it!

  2. says

    Wow…you found some really amazing makeovers. I am not a huge fan of slip covers, unless they look really tailored to the chair. I love some of these other options. Reupholstering can be SO expensive. These all sounds like great alternatives.

  3. says

    Love the examples you found! I have a chair almost exactly like the one from Hyphen Interiors and I’m thinking I might just have to try something like this. I had 3 pieces that I inherited from my mother professionally reupholstered, but it was pricey. I’d say give it a go!

    Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn! Have a great week!

  4. says

    Wow! I had no idea you could paint fabric! I’m going to have to check out those links. I love garage sales and thrifts stores – you never know what you’ll find!

  5. says

    Thanks for stopping by Simply this and that and leaving such a kind comment! You made my day! I’m following you as well.
    I didn’t even know you could paint fabric on chairs like that. I have 2 chairs that need some help, maybe this could be an option. Thanks for sharing.

  6. says

    I’m about to give this a try, thank you for “bundling” all these methods! Now I just need to pick on and go for it! I’m visiting from Chronic Christain Crafter, I’m pinning this and following your blog!

  7. says

    I have a chair that I am totally temped to do something like this on. I’m not a fan of slipcovers. These all look so great! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  8. Picknitter says

    Has anyone tried this technique on multi-colored fabrique. I have two club chairs with horrendous multi-colored fabric that I paid $50 for the pair. They were on sale because they are so ugly, but the fabric is in excellent shape. Would love to repaint them. It has shades of teal, purple, tan and burgundy. Ugh!

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