Hi Y’all! I am recovering from a great weekend. On Saturday afternoon I did my favorite thing in the world: antique shopping. Really the stores here have mostly junk and a few true antiques, but antiquing sounds much fancier! I am especially excited about bringing home this beauty:
God I love it! It did not look exactly like this when I bought it. Here is how it looked when I got my paws on it:
The upholstery was ugly and stained. The lines of the chair were great though. It reminded me a lot of this hanging chair:
The way the chair went from eww to ooh-la-la, is the interesting thing. The first thought I had when I saw the chair was “oh, I can just reupholster the seat cushion.” I knew that this chair was meant to be turquoise, and maybe tweed (which it already was). Besides the stains, the upholstery was in good shape, not a tear or a rip in sight. Then I remembered seeing something on Pinterest about painting a couch with latex paint. At the time I thought the idea was completely absurd, but I guess I kept it filed away in the back of my brain.
I already had some aqua latex paint on hand that I had used to paint my front door, it was like fate was calling me to paint the thing. When my husband, Matt, saw the chair he was not impressed. When I told him I was planning on painting the cushion with the front door paint, I think he thought I had lost my mind, and not to mention wasted $25 on a chair that I “could have bought a garage sale for $5.” I was committed to the idea though, so I took the cushion into my studio and mixed up some paint and water in a 1:1 ratio. I grabbed a paint brush and started slathering it on. Boy does fabric soak up paint!
An hour later I was finished. Another hour in the sun and the cushion was dry. Matt was sooooo impressed with my creativity the he said I was “inspiring.” I know, Gasp! We attached the cushion back to the chair and now it is gracing a previously uninteresting corner in my music room.
While I don’t think I would ever paint an entire couch, I am really happy with the way it turned out. Would you ever try this, or do you think it is just as easy to recover a cushion?
Similar but different: