April 21, 2011

To Paint or Not To Paint??

I have this glider that I got for free, thank you Kennedy family, that is perfect for my living room!

The Glider

I already have it set up in there, however I do not like love the fabric.

It doesn't go with my colors or flower patterned couch (also for FREE from my aunt's in-laws).

The couch

Other chair in the room

So, my options...recover it have a friend recover it, live with it or paint it! Yep, you heard me right...paint it! Now I NEVER would have thought to paint fabric until I read Hyphen Interiors post Painted Upholstery: The Process Revealed (Full Tutorial). Kristy over at Hyphen Interiors painted a wing back chair and it looks FABULOUS!!

If I paint it, I need to decide what color. If I were to recover it I would probably go with a brown or tan...maybe red. But painting it I feel needs to be bold or dark to cover the pattern. Either decision needs to be done on a budget. 

What do you think? Would you be brave enough to paint a chair? What color would you do?


  1. After the huge chair painting fiasco I once saw on trading spaces I would recover it. But that might just be because that show traumatized me :)

  2. It probably depends on how much you're going to use it. The blog post said that because it's in her bedroom they don't use it that often, so I'm wondering if it's in your living room if it will get worn off quickly because you'd use it more. Also, I would worry about the pattern showing through I think. But, as you said, something a dark color might cover that. I think it would be fun to try, but I might just recover this one :-) Let us know what you decide so we can see the final result!

  3. I would just recover it. If you are bold enough you could try painting it and if it doesn't work then recover it. Actually, you could probably make slip covers quite easily. Let us know what you decide.

  4. Hmm...sounds like an adventure either way! But if you DO decide to paint it....from our experience with paint, any kind of red or orange color usually takes a MILLION layers to cover whatever's underneath - even if it's white! Not sure why....but it must have something to do with the color wheel. So....if you paint it, don't paint it red! or it may take you a loooooong time :) Good luck! Hope to see pics of the finished product!!


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