A Painted Wingback Chair

Ever since entering the world of blogland I have seen quite a few painted wing chairs and sofas from bloggers out there, and many of them are quite fantastic.

While I was convinced that paint can fix and bring up to date almost everything, I was not sure whether the ordinary latex interior paint could fix and bring a cast-off chair into an up-to-date furnishing, so I wanted to undertake a challenge of painting an outdated wingback chair.

I found two (quite ugly) wingback chairs in the local adds for free, and had some leftovers of different colors of latex interior and exterior paint so I decided to paint one of the chairs.

I partially followed the instructions of Hyphen Interiors for painting a chair. I did not use the textile medium as I found this product to be quite expensive. Textile medium is a permanent bonding solution that when mixed with paint will become permanent to fabric, so when you wash the fabric the paint or the dye does not come off.

I used:
Less than 1 Quart of Latex Water Based Paint-White
1/2 Quart of Latex Water Based Paint-BM Sea Haze
Spray Bottle full of water
2 inch paint brush
sponge brush for edges
Sponge roller
Spray paint- white
Thumbtacks- about 200
Total cost of the project: $1.25 for a package(300 counts) of thumbtacks purchased at a Dollar Store.

I mixed 1 part of white latex paint and 1 part water for the first and second coat. For the third and fourth coat I mixed 1 part of paint and 1/4 water. During the first and second coat I lightly sprayed the fabric with water before applying the paint. The spraying helps the paint to evenly penetrate into the fabric. I used a sponge roller to apply the first and second coat and small sponge brush for painting the edges and the piping. The third and fourth coat was applied with the brush. I did not sand between the coats as suggested by many bloggers who undertook this challenge previously, and I was satisfied with the results I was getting.
For the back and the sides of the chair I used undiluted paint and gave the chair two coats of paint-Benjamin Moore’s Sea Haze.I applied this color with a roller. Initially I started with Foothills – Sherwin Williams but I was not happy with the color choice so I switched to BM Sea Haze, and I am so glad I did.
I allowed 24 hours between applying each coat.

I spray painted the legs with Rust-Oleum-heirloom white.
After applying all these coats of paint, the fabric turns into a vinyl/leather like material, so if you like leather you will be okay with it. My husband tried the chair, and his comment was funny: “it feels like you are sitting on heavy starched linens”. It made me laugh to tears.
Lastly , using a template as shown in the picture below, I nailed the thumbtacks about 1/2 inch apart around the piping on the wings and on the front bottom of the chair.
After drying, the paint does not get on your clothes even without the use of the textile medium. Moreover the paint does not crack when you sit on the chair. I am not sure what will happen after a while, but for now it seems that this chair may have a long life ahead.
Even though it may appear like a daunting and lengthy painting process, I did not find it as such. It was not tiresome either, considering that you only spend about 30-40 minutes of your time for each coat every 24 hours. It is a bit messy process though as it involves paint and a bulky chair in the middle of your garage (carport in my case),backyard or an indoor space, but other than that it is a fun project to undertake, especially if you are happy how your project is coming along.

I am happy that my challenge paid of so the ugly wingback chair turned into a beautiful white swan.
Unfortunately, due to the limited space in my home I cannot make a use of this chair, so I am thinking of donating it to one of the charities in the area I live. It would be a perfect furnishing for a girl’s room, nursery or as an accent chair in a bedroom, hallway or elsewhere. Depending on the accessories, this chair may add a romantic feel as well as dramatic look to any space.
Do you have a chair in need of a face-lift? Well you may try painting it. It may turn as beautiful as my chair.
Before - Wingback

Linking to: The Shaby Nest; 504 Main; Romantic Home; Classy Clutter; Dwellings; By Stephanie Lynn; Liz Marie Blog; A Blossoming Life; Coastal Charm; DIY Showoff; Crafty Allie; The Charm of Home; Serenity Now; Give Me The Goods Monday; Silver Pennies

Great thanks to these lovely blogsites for featuring this post: Blissfully Ever After, The Cottage Market; The Shabby Nest: Serenity Now; Dimples and Pig Tales; Carrie This Home; A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, Lovely Crafty Home; Power of Paint
Thank you for reading.



60 thoughts on “A Painted Wingback Chair

  1. That looks fantastic. Thanks for linking to my site and sharing. I love the colors and design that you chose. Outstanding. And, it’s good to know how it went without the fabric medium. I’ll add you to my chairs page!

    1. Thank you Kristy for your comment, and for taking time to stop by my blog and check my painted chair post. It really means a lot to me as it comes from someone who, I may say, invented the upholstery (chair) painting process. I am thrilled to find out that you have added my project to your Chair Page http://www.hypheninteriors.com/chairs. Thank you again.

  2. Dear Besa, your ideas are fantastic as always…you are the most creative woment that I have known:) thank you for sharing and miss u…Viska

    1. Delighted with your comment Viska, especially when it comes from such a talented and accomplished woman such as you. Love you and miss you too.

    1. Thank you for liking my chair project. You did so good in painting wood, and I bet you would do well painting fabric too, so I encourage you to try.

  3. Impressive! I have a couch that I would love to transform, but I don’t think I’m brave enough to paint it!

  4. That is amazing,,,what a difference! I have a hunter green one down in the basement so I’m thinking on trying it. Can’t believe those are thumbtacs either, you did a marvelous job on it!

    1. Thank you Rondell for your kind words, and for stopping by to comment. If you paint your chair I would love to know how it turned out.

    1. Thank you for your comment and for hosting the party Carrie . I feel so honored to find out that you will be featuring my Painted Chair post. Cheers, Besa

    1. Thank you ladies for hosting a great weekend link party, as well as for picking my Painted Chair post to be featured this week. So honored!Looking forwad to check back at your blogs for great inspiration. Thanks again.

    1. Thank you very much hosting the party and for noticing and featuring my Painted Chair project. Great party, fabulous features and tons of inspiration.

    1. Sorry for an oversight; I will be including the link right away. Thank you very much for featuring my painted chair project. Very much appreciated.

    1. THank you for hosting the linky and liking my chair project. I will be stopping by for sure to check your blogs and the features of this week.

  5. I have two very outdated fabric wingback chairs. Both were very expensive and I have been going to either make slips for them or recover them. You have given me the courage to try painting them first. What do I have to lose except ugly fabric. Thanks.

  6. Looks awesome! I started painting some partially fabric covered dining chairs yesterday and the 24 hr between coats tip helps me bunches! Thank you for sharing!

  7. What a beautiful transformation! I’m featuring your gorgeous chair in this week’s Power of Paint Party!

  8. This is beautiful! I am redoing some wingback chairs as well and thought of painting but was not really sure about it. Are they comfy? I need something for more than looks? What does the texture of the chair feel like? Thank you for sharing!

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