14th Mar2012

Antique Chair Update

by Dinah Wulf
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My taste is very eclectic.  There are several reasons why I can appreciate so many different styles.  I inherited this antique corner chair.  When I first got it, my mind went racing with different colors and upholsteries. BUT after some research, I found out that this chair may actually be worth something.  I didn’t want to jeopardize its integrity by permanently altering it…just in case. I liked the chair, but I wanted to update it a little.   So when I came across Simply Spray fabric paint.  I knew what to do for this antique chair update.

I used lettered stencils and numbered stickers for my design.  (By the way, the year I chose was COMPLETELY random). After ironing my fabric, I taped the lettered stencils onto the fabric with craft tape.  For the numbers, I used the outline of each sticker versus the actual number for stenciling purposes.  THIS WAS THE BEST IDEA EVER! It made spray painting SO easy.

Next, I taped off the rest of the fabric that I did not want spray painted.

In a well-ventilated area I followed the directions on the Simply Spray paint can, and sprayed one coat of paint.

Next, because I was using stencils, I dabbed the top with a paper towel.

When my paint was dry, I used a staple gun to attach my newly painted fabric onto the seat.  I kept the original upholstery so I did not ruin the chair.  I loved how it turned out.  Here are some after pictures.


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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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18 Responses to “Antique Chair Update”

  • Laura Workman

    I’d use it with denim somehow and upcycle an item.

  • M. Parker

    I would use it on my daughter’s curtains in her room. Black and Pink

  • Stephanie Schofield

    I have a bench at the foot of my bed that I like the reupholster to match our master bedroom suite. Currently it is a solid navy blue with button seams. I’m thinking it could use a little color and Simply Spray would be perfect!

  • Leslie

    Follow both pages on FB. I would love to use Simply Spray on a toddler sized bench for my daughter. I was trying to make her something her size so she can sit easier. This would be perfect and I think the uses are endless!

  • jenny

    I’d use it on fabric boards for my girls room and maybe some pillows. There are so many possiblity my mind is going crazy! I think I would want Black.

  • Dani Vilella

    I would do a binary code pattern on my curtains with the Olive 575!

  • Rasy

    I would like to enter this Giveaway!! I have some pillows that I would like to make new covers for and the paint will be used to create designs. The colors I would like are: green, yellow, white, black, red and blue. Is that too many? 🙂 Keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Marcy

    I would use it on burlap and make outdoor pillows for my patio in black!

  • Jolene

    I would paint the green shag carpet that is in the bedroom in the Bristol house…..

  • Trina

    I would like bright yellow and I would use it on purple sweats to make super cute Lakers outfits:)

  • Emily

    New fan for both sites. Unfortunately the website won’t open so I can see the color options. I’m really not sure what colors & what exactly I might do. Always good to have some handy though for when I come up with an idea. Black, Purple, Pink & White are always good colors though

  • Bethany Peoples

    I would love to try this on my love seat, chair & otterman. I want to win the cranberry, sunset gold & hunter green.

  • Can’t wait to try Simply Spray to decorate a blanket for Project Linus!

  • Mary

    I’ve just discovered your blog and Simply Spray Fabric Paint. I would love to paint a foot stool if I win. This stuff looks amazing!

  • Sabrina

    Wow this is amazing. I’d love to make some Christmas and Birthday gifts for my friends. I’ll probablly do pillows, a rug, and something special for my mom. My dorm room could be so colorful…. Brite Orange, Caribbean Blue, and White!

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