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Upholstery Spray Paint - Before & After Wingback Chair

Upholstery spray paint is exactly what it sounds like...yep, you spray your fabric furniture with it to change the color. Sounds scary, doesn't it? It isn't. I'd say it is a great fix for really ugly furniture that has an unfortunate pattern or color. Or stained furniture.

I'm a sewer so when it comes to upholstered furniture I generally reupholster or create a slipcover. However, I just had to try this product out, knowing that all non-sewers would love to have a product like this that was easy and fast. Besides, I love spray paint of all types!

I got these two wingback chairs for free...they were left in our house when we bought it. They are really nice chairs but unfortunately don't go with our decorating style whatsoever. They are temporary and thus, perfect guinea pigs to experiment on. The bonus is that since I have two you can see the before & after photo in the same light to get a really accurate image of what the upholstery spray paint does.

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I used four cans of Simply Spray's Upholstery Fabric Paint in Plum. It was just barely enough to get good coverage. My chair has raised crewel embroidery so I needed a lot to get all the nooks and crannies. The same chair with a simple smooth upholstery would have likely needed less paint.

Supplies: You'll need upholstery spray paint (check their website to calculate how much you'll need), tarp or drop cloth if you don't want to get paint on your grass and painter's tape if you have any areas you don't want paint on such as chair legs. Rags or paper towels are also helpful to have on hand.

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Begin by taping off any parts you do not want painted, such as chair legs. You'll notice I did not use a drop cloth under my chair, I just sprayed directly onto the grass. I do this because I'm lazy and also because our grass grows so fast here that in a couple of weeks it will be gone. If you want to protect your grass be sure to put down a drop cloth of some sort first!

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Now is the moment of truth! It is best to start spraying on a rag or paper towels first so you get a feel for the flow of it. This will also help to colect of those large droplets that tend to come out during that first spray. Use even, sweeping strokes and keep your finger on the trigger for a continuous flow.

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Continue using the upholstery spray paint on all surfaces of your chair. Be sure to look at it from different angles. It can be tricky to get in creases, don't be afraid to use your hands and force the paint in. Do the most important parts first...just in case you run out.

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Above is where the panic set in. This was one coat but two out of the four of my cans stopped working mid-spray even though they were nearly full! I needed more paint but none was coming out. After cursing the cans and nearly giving up, I inspected them and realized that the trigger nozzles weren't functioning properly. There was paint and there was pressure but the nozzles weren't pressing down hard enough to force the paint out.

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So I took off the trigger style nozzle and replaced it with a normal large spray paint nozzle and the rest of the paint came out like a charm! Phew! Nozzles fail and get clogged somtimes (I've had it happen with all the brands) but these trigger style nozzles seem particularly prone to failure. If you run into the same thing now you'll know what to do! We actually have a little box with clean nozzles in our garage for this sort of thing.

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This paint washes off your hands pretty easily with soap and water. If you've ever had enamel spray paint on your hands for days you'll appreciate this. The texture of the paint is pretty much like a watered down acrylic paint. It goes on and absorbs more like a dye than a paint because it is watery.

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After at least 72 hours the wingback chair is ready! The first photo above is in natural light and the second is at night with a flash. The paint itself was odorless so there is no smell. The fabric isn't stiff, but it is certainly what I'd call scratchy. It did change the texture for sure but it is getting softer with use. It is completely colorfast and I've even tested it by putting wet papertowels on it to see if moisture would affect it.

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Here you can see the before and after. I love how you can still see the pattern on the chair and the color turned out nice and vibrant. Keep upholstery spray paint in mind for your smaller projects, it is fun stuff!

After all, it's your might as well love it!



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