Thursday, December 13, 2012

Yes!!!!! You CAN paint the fabric on an upholstered sofa!!!!

 
 
Yes....we PAINTED this sofa fabric!!!!
 

 
..... the famous Christie O. and myself did.  She was the brains behind the operation.....I was just cheap labor. 
 

 
 
 
Here is the before picture.  Cool lines on this furniture, but yikes on that 70's color!!!!
 
Christie found a great website called Hyphen Interiors.  They are like the geniuses in painting fabric.  You can find them here with all of the instructions and a jillion inspirational photos.  Wow!!!!! 
 

 
 

Basically, we mixed fabric medium with latex paint and water. We wet the fabric with a squirt bottle before applying the mix with circular neon leon brushes.

And it was super scary starting out.....



And super messy to get the mix in all of the tufting.  Christie volunteered for the fun job of "working" the paint into the tufts and under all of the creases.



It was slightly terrifying when the very wet fabric began to loosen on the back of the sofa.....but it did tighten back up as it dried.


This process takes 3 coats to cover all the way!



You can tell the difference in this picture on the back of the chair between #2 and the #3 coat. 3 coats just intensifies the color and the evenness.  Definitely do 3 coats!
 
 
 
 
We recruited our friends Laura and Samantha to help us silver leaf the frame. It's a super easy...but super messy process that has so much glam appeal!
 
 
 

  
I did touch ups on the trim.......and our set was done!
 
 
 
 Is that cool or what???
 

 


 
The fabric is a bit stiff, but this was PERFECT for what we needed it for..... 


 
.....which was the stage set at my church for our most recent women's event entitled "The REAL HOUSEWIVES of Kansas City".


 
Amazing furniture for an amazing group of women!!!


(Before / After)
 
 
It's my understanding that the CeCe Caldwell paint works great on furniture also.   I know they have a video here.  Let me know if you have tried it and your thoughts. 
 
Or let me know if you wanna hire us girls to do it for you!
 



PS.... I pinkie sweared to you on Facebook last night that I would blog about this today....promise KEPT!  Hope it was worth the wait!



13 comments:

Renee Stephens said...

Fabulous!

Johanna said...

What a change! I must try is if I dare! I have only used Simple Spray facric paints before. What kind of surface the paint left? Is it kind of plastic or still soft?

Magic Brush said...

Johanna - It was kind of crunchy....not good for a piece you may sit on alot. But fine for a piece that is more of a visual than used.

Nancy Carroll said...

You never cease to amaze me!!!! Gorgeous!!

Hyphen Interiors said...

I LOVE the set, ladies! It's Kristy from Hyphen Interiors. Love the color and the silver leafing is perfect. Glam! I used to live in KC and worked as a youth director at a church there! I wonder if we crossed paths - you'll have to email me and tell me which church. Anyway, I'll add you to my chairs page where all the examples of painted upholstery are - www.hypheninteriors.com/chairs Great job!!

Erin Bettis said...

This is kind of a little but fabulous! Thanks for sharing your tips, tricks, and photos with us. :)

- Erin

Brandy Parsley said...

Did u know u can use CeCe Caldwell's paint on fabric?! AND she has a "satin finish" that makes the fabric soft and flexible?! U should check it out!!!!

steelydani10 said...

why didn't you tape the trim before painting it, it's got very sloppy edging.

Panktibarbie said...

Hey! I was wondering if the paint ever rubbed off on clothes!

Panktibarbie said...

Hey! I was wondering if the paint ever rubbed off on clothes!

Lanouvelle Josephine said...

PLEASE, can you share the paint and color? I bought a chair with the intention to paint it, but I've been sitting on the project (literally) for months because I'll only have one chance at getting the color right and I love turquoise, but I don't like dark teal and I'm afraid of how a swatch translates to watered down paint on fabric. Your color is 100% what I'm aiming for, and I'd rather buy something known, even if it's more expensive than what I'd pick on my own. I'm pretty sure you can't 2nd paint these chairs or they'll crack, right? Thanks! Fabulous job, by the way.

Lanouvelle Josephine said...

PLEASE, can you share the paint and color? I bought a chair with the intention to paint it, but I've been sitting on the project (literally) for months because I'll only have one chance at getting the color right and I love turquoise, but I don't like dark teal and I'm afraid of how a swatch translates to watered down paint on fabric. Your color is 100% what I'm aiming for, and I'd rather buy something known, even if it's more expensive than what I'd pick on my own. I'm pretty sure you can't 2nd paint these chairs or they'll crack, right? Thanks! Fabulous job, by the way.

Courtney Bell said...

I recently read your blog, which led me to Hyphen Interiors' blog. As a result, I painted an antique settee that I use at my photography studio! You can read about it here:

http://www.courtneybellphoto.com/blog/2014/3/ill-never-look-at-furniture-the-same-again

Great blog!

~ Courtney Bell

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