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Monday, February 1, 2010

Just TRY and STOP Me Now!!!






Today, I am participating in all of the memes that you see here! Thank you to all of the gracious hosts that make these wonderful parties possible. To visit these host blogs and to see the others attending...please click the photos for each blog.
Those who read me regularly, will remember how much I HATE the living room furniture in my house, and also know that I am entering a new adventure in my life. A new chapter can only mean one thing...change! My living room is the next room to be getting a make over. The plan has been set...and I am putting some things in motion.
I have been tossing around a project in my mind now for quite a while, and finally had the nerve to give it a try. Today I am very proud to share one of my more fearless projects:
Do you all remember this arm chair that I picked up at a thrift shop last summer for just a few dollars? It was in really good shape, and there was only one area that didn't come completely clean for me, BUT...It didn't match anything other than Busy's room. I didn't mind sharing the chair with my oh so lovely assistant/ shadow/bossy little monkey, but her room is not quite large enough to accommodate her large litter of babies, and barbies...you get the idea....
SO....I mustered my nerve...and set to work.
What did I do to it you ask? Did I re-upholster it? NO
Did I slip cover it? NO....
I PAINTED MY CHAIR!
Yes...you heard that right...I PAINTED this chair! I used latex paint. I did one full coat of paint on the fabric with a stiff roller. Let it dry....Sanded it lightly with a fine grit sandpaper, and then used a small roller to apply another coat...let dry...sand...you get where I'm going with this...I did the whole process 5 times in total and then finished it off with a nice coat of finishing polish.
The back and sides are a little bit textured..would prefer them to have been a smooth fabric...but hey...the chair was less than $20! what do I expect? ha haHere's the close up of the painted fabric. It looks and feels very similar to leather!
Nope! It's not stiff...it is still nice and flexible...
I shared my chair with a few friends so far...and they all agreed...if I hadn't told them it was painted fabric...they would have thought I'd purchased a leather chair!
I did a bit of research before I decided to try this...and figured that I really had nothing to lose except a little paint...I was going to re-upholster it anyways. So...now we see how she wears...if nothing else, it bought me a little time!
The living room in my house is getting a make-over. I am waiting for the "muscle" to move the awful sofa set that is in there OUT to the garage to be donated, sold...burned (oops! did I say that?) not burned...donated...lol
I am now on the prowl for something else to paint...re-finish...whatever...I am on a roll!
I will share this room in the near future...I just need to find more than my own muscles to remove that stuff first!
So? What do you think?
P.S. The geraniums popped up last week...will show you on Wednesday!

43 comments:

artis1111 said...

I knew you could!!!!I just love the thrift stores.Great job. LOL Kathy

Darla said...

Looks great Toots!! I have some seedlings up too....hooraaaayy!!

Sonia said...

Only you Tootsie would have the guts to paint a chair!! It does look like leather! You brave girl...you did a great job and I would have never known!

Miss Bloomers

Stacey said...

Way to go! I used to see them paint upholstered furniture on HGTV all the time. It's amazing how much it looks like leather in the pictures. I wonder if the paint will crack? Well either way you are right...you have nothing to lose!

"Blossom" said...

It looks so awesome. I thought about this one time but my daugher though I was nuts. It can be done!

"Blossom" said...

It looks so awesome. I thought about this one time but my daugher though I was nuts. It can be done!

The Japanese Redneck said...

That chair turned out fantastic. Nope, you can't tell it's painted.

How smart you are!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

The Queen of Make overs has done it again. It just looks wonderful. I have seen on the television shows fabric being painted but my mind would not wrap around it. I just keep thinking it would be stiff and crack.So to see yours has been an eye opener. Very pretty Tootsie and we will all be waiting in anticipation for the living room makeover. ;-)

SmilingSally said...

What do I think? I think you're amazing! Who'd'va thought?

Bonnie said...

Wow, latex paint. I would have never thought of that. Your chair looks amazing. I have two pink chairs that no longer match my remodeled family room. I was planning on bringing them to Good Will. I think I will hang on to them a while just in case I would want to try that. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Darla said...

Drop on by and see your teeny weeny Malva Zebrina sprouts..

Maureen said...

Unbelievable! Who knew you could paint a chair and have it look like leather. It looks great!

Justine said...

Are you friggin' kidding me? I have NEVER heard of anyone painting a fabric chair! But holy crap, you did it!!!! I would NEVER know that it's painted. Will it peel and such with people sitting on it? Wowee, this was a cool project.

And now I'm so excited about you re-doing your living room! I know how much you hate that furniture! Woot woot!

Justine :o )

onlymehere said...

Never in a million gazillion years would I have thought to do this! I'm anxious to see how it holds up so keep us informed. I thought you were going to tell us that you dyed the fabric while it was still on the chair, lol! I love wing chairs and have always wanted one but never bought one. I finally got all the border down in Travis' room and am patching nail holes. I hope to have time to prime the room by Saturday but you know how slowly I get these things done, lol! I'm so anxious to get my sewing stuff down in his room and out of my family room. My biggest question right now is what to do with his mini fridge? I don't have enough room for it in there or anywhere else, lol!

Andrea said...

WOW...I would have never thought to do that.
Hugs,
andrea

susan said...

Tootsie_ I never would have believed it! It LOOKS like leather! I have heard of this, but really did not think it would work. You are right--Nothing is lost. Even if it doesn't last a long time, you have gained time to get a new plan. Good job!

The Muse said...

Beyond a metamorph...more like a miracle...nicely done!!!

9405018--Pat said...

Wow! Tootsie, it looks wonderful...looks like leather! thanks for sharing...Pat H

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

OK, I am speechless, I have been painting for years, I have also painted on fabric, but nothing this aggressive...can't wait to see how long it last. I have a sweat shirt I painted 15 years ago and have washed over and over and it still looks great.
Molly

Sandy said...

It looks great. I would have never known it wasn't leather. You clever lady! I just love coming to your blog and looking at your header, all the beautiful flowers, come on summer!
Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Judi said...

Hi Tootsie
How neat is that?? I've never heard of that before. Great job! I'll be back to see what else you are up to.
I'm having a Giveaway...come visit and see my Sidebar.
*hugs*
Judi
p.s. hope your weather is behaving. We've had a fabulous winter so far in Ontario. Perfect with barely any snow in January. THIS is my kind of winter...

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well...well..I am sitting here open mouthed! I couldn't believe what I was reading and now I can't believe what I see!! ON the page in front of me!! Tootsie, that is just amazing! It looks wonderful!
That just tickles me to pieces to see something like that done! GOOD JOB, Tootsie!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

p.s. I know what you mean about my paint contractor! I often wonder if someone has killed him by now! :) I certanly felt like it!
My laughter was hysterical laughter! You do know that don't you? :)

YaYa's Funhouse said...

simply awesome and amazing. Looks great, just like leather. Who'da thought it???

Twice as Nice said...

I've heard of painting fabric before. I think someone in blog land did it. You are right, it does look like leather. Great job!

Becca's Dirt said...

Never would I have thought to paint a fabric chair. Yours turned out fabulous. You go girl. It does look like leather.

Erin said...

Tootsie, that is absolutely fantastic. It went from dated to current in 5 coats. Amazing. Seriously. I can't believe how good it looks. Seriously inspired.

jerseygirl211 said...

Tootsie, YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! I must admit, I have never heard of 'this type' of painting on fabric, what a great idea. But what surprises me the most, is that you had the guts to even try this.
Thanks for a great post.

Love & Hugs
'D'

Michael Lee West said...

Tootsie, this is the most fabulous decorating idea I've ever seen. The chair looks like leather. I am so going to try this!
XX00

Aimee said...

Wow, it came out great! Looks amazing.
Hope you're having a great week,
Aimee

cindy said...

You freaking painted it?! Wow! So it wont flake off? Thats pretty cool! So what are you doing to your living room????? Cant wait to see! (I just bought 2 wingback chairs on craigslist....I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them...wish I knew someone who could slipcover them for me.)

NiferSnow said...

This is just the greatest blog!!! I am so excited about it :)

Troy said...

What a bold and gutsy undertaking.

And it looks like your courage was well rewarded!

onlymehere said...

Tootsie:

I thought you'd find this blog interesting since you're such a do it yourselfer! http://knockoffwood.blogspot.com/ Since you're redoing it may give you some ideas. I know I plan on making some of this in the future (not too soon though, lol)!

Debbie said...

Om Gosh that is genius!! It looks awesome! Thanks for visiting my new blog!!~ I appreciate your welcome, and will come again to visit you as well. I can see I can use a few gardening tips.....come Spring, I am working it this year!!~

Nancy Jane said...

This is so amazing and you are one gutsy lady to give it a try. Looks fabulous...Nancy

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Who knew???!!! That is so cool! Thanks for sharing it at the Power of Paint Party (POPP).

xinex said...

Wow! It does look like leather! I never knew you could paint fabric especially on chairs...Christine

Jeanne said...

You did it!!!! It looks wonderful. Isn't it amazing what a transformation it makes. I had disappeared from the blog world for a while and come back to find this. You amaze me with your energy to accomplish so much.

Voices of Angels said...

You have a beautiful blog Tootsie, thanks for sharing.
Spring is in the air!

Darlene

Nati Girl said...

This is awesome! i have been wanting to paint some curtains i have up on an enclosed porch & am thinking that now I can since i can't afford to get new. Thanks for the post! NG

Tumaini said...

Oh, the possibilities!!!
I'm wondering if the paint will rub off on clothes?
Thanks for posting!

Tumaini Rivera
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Anonymous said...

I can't believe it's paint, great job!