Spray Painted Fabric Chair Rescued From The Trash

Spray Painted Fabric Chair Rescued From The Trash

Spray Painted Fabric Chair Rescued From The Trash

Before I jump into what I did to the chair, I have to mention that this chair was found in the trash. Just another item that was rescued from ending up in the landfill. All of us pickers, flippers and resellers are doing a great service to our planet. But that is a post for another day.

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We saw this chair as we were on our evening walk with the kids. Great things get set out by the trash the night before trash day!spray painted fabric chair

Quick Tip: Take a look what day is trash day for your area and make it a point to go for a walk or drive through that area the night before. I bet in the first few weeks you will find some treasures!

So back to the spray painted fabric chair.

I’ve been wanting to do one of these chairs for a little while. I’ve seen them on Pinterest and Facebook and they intrigued me. I saw a few that didn’t turn out so hot so I had no idea what this one would end up like. But since it was free it was a great project to try.

I started out by cleaning the chair with a stain remover. I used shout and scrubbed out what I could. I also used Lysol since it came from the trash. 😉

Called in for a little help on this one.

There may have been a better stain remover I could have used, because you can tell in the side by side picture that I didn’t quite get the stain on the front out.

After the chair was cleaned (and disinfected), I let it dry out. At first I wasn’t sure the best way to tackle this project – so I took it to Facebook!

Good ol’ Facebook with all the people with all the answers. 🙂

One girl commented to use chalk paint diluted in a spray bottle and add fabric softener to help keep the chair soft. I thought that was a great idea! So I mixed them.

spray painted fabric chair

The chalk paint I chose was Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in Cascade color. I have a thing for teal colors and it looked like it could be fun.

I probably should have measured, but I just eye-balled it. I ended up doing approximately 2/3 water to 1/3 paint with a Tablespoon or so of fabric softer thrown in the mix. If I made the mixture too thick it wouldn’t spray through the bottle, so I would dilute it more until it did.

I pulled the cushion off of the chair and just got sprayin’. Any place that had cream color showing I painted teal.

spray painted fabric chair

Only when I was finished with the first coat it didn’t really look teal – more like sea-foam green.

spray painted fabric chair

Not exactly the color I was going for, but I was hoping it would darken with another coat (or 3).

And it did!

I ended up doing 3 full coats and a few touch ups.

spray painted fabric chair

Looking at the picture, I can still see a little bit of splotchiness, but in person you can’t tell as much.

Several people asked about what the chair felt like and asked if it was stiff. And it was actually a lot better then I thought it would be. Yes there was a little stiffness to it, but nothing really noticeable or uncomfortable.

One person on Facebook suggested that I seal it with wax and sand it it. The whole idea made me nervous. (You can sand fabric??).  I didn’t know how the sealing would work either. It made sense to seal it to help with wear, but I didn’t know if the wax would make it more stiff.

I ended up adding some wax to it, and it did make it a bit stiffer than it was before. There are many kinds of wax out there though and the one I used, may not have been so great for this project. I used Valspar sealing wax and it probably wasn’t the best choice. It seemed more liquid-y than some of the other waxes.

As far as the sanding goes, I didn’t end up trying it. I’m the first to admit many people know a lot more than me when it comes to furniture, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. You may be shaking your head at me right now thinking I should have sanded it. HA. But I was nervous it was going to tear apart the fabric.

I took this project on with the intention to sell it, but after doing it it really grew on me! I wanted to keep it, but wasn’t exactly sure where I would put it.

Then right around the same time we put our little house up for rent on AirBnB and it was a perfect fit! Just look at that little accent chair in our cozy little house.

spray painted fabric chair


Another question I got asked several times was it’s durability. I couldn’t really tell how it would stand up to wear and tear just by look and feel, but now that it’s in our rental property I’ll be able to see how well it holds up. So far so good after 5 months of renting. And this whole project only cost me $8!

Have you ever done a spray painted fabric chair? How did it turn out? Comment below!

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Spray Painted Fabric Chair Rescued From The Trash

Melissa Stephenson
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Melissa married into the world of flipping. She is a flipper, blogger, and stay at home mom of three little ones ages 5,3, and 2. She loves the flexibility that flipping gives for the family and loves getting to work with Rob on a daily basis.

  • Amanda | Spending to Save
    Posted at 20:48h, 20 January Reply

    This is amazing! I recently inherited an armchair from my husband’s grandfather as he moved into assisted living. It’s not our style but our living room was bare so we took it. This technique would definitely help us to fit it in with the rest of the decor. Now I just have to get brave enough to try it! Thanks!

  • joyce dorrion
    Posted at 18:21h, 02 October Reply

    I chalked painted my dining room chairs and waxed them, they didn’t last long at all. It looks more vinateged so I don’t mine to much.

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 20:33h, 07 October Reply

      So far we are not a fan of chalk paint. I think it worked fine on the fabric though.

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