A painted velvet chair? With LATEX paint? Yes, indeed!
I found a chair at our local thrift store for just $10 and I loved the shape of it. I’m not much for knowing what style the chair is (mid-century? modern? I have no clue)- all I know is I loved the shape and what I thought it could become.
Painted Velvet Chair in Process
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It started out with wood trim and light blue, stained velvet that (other than needing a good cleaning) was in decent shape. So I did what any good wanna-be DIYer does…and immediately hit up Pinterest. Oh, Pinterest, how I love thee. And of course, there were many tutorials on how to paint velvet. Even couches!!! I browsed a few different tutorials then kind of just winged it. That’s how I usually do things around here. Read lots of varying opinions on how to do it, recognize the common ground in most of them and then just go for it.
The Plan – or what it WAS
Originally, I had planned to paint the back and seat cushion grey – a leftover wall color from our guest bedroom (use what you have on hand first if at all possible – and save a little $$) and then I planned to paint the arms and legs white – of course.
Well, after doing the first two coats of the “preferred” mixture of half paint, half fabric medium, honestly, I got a little overwhelmed realizing how painstaking it was going to be to trim out the chair in white without it looking like a hot mess by the time it was done – or me BEING a hot mess by the time it was done.
SO……it sat in the basement workshop for a few months. You know, while I was hoping for the inspiration to strike again – or the magical painting fairy to show up and finish the job for me. Well, the painting fairy never showed up and after tripping over this chair for too long, I was just about to put her on the curb with a “free” sign when something I once read came to mind. “You can’t ruin something you already hate” (or something like that).
With renewed inspiration and a fresh dose of “I really can’t ruin this!” I decided to coat the entire piece in leftover white wall paint I had used elsewhere in the house. Everything. The idea of contrasting body/arms and legs was gone and I just went for it, painting every inch of it in regular old white latex wall paint.
Painted Velvet Chair in White
And you can see my super-professional brush that I used, too! You can tell I was in my “let’s do this NOW, and who has time to grab a real paint brush” mode. 😉
And. I. Loved. IT!!!! She turned out so beautifully that she has since become one of my favorite pieces in the living room. And the velvet?? It looks and feels like LEATHER!! Who would have thought painted velvet would have such a cool effect.
Distressing the Painted Velvet Chair
After her new coat of paint, I took my mouse sander and just lightly distressed the arms and legs in a few places – I didn’t go too crazy, and have wondered a few times if I should add a smidge more distressing.
We’ll see if the inspiration strikes, but for now, I’m happy with the way she looks.
See the seat?? It has some texture, but no cracks AND this is after a LOT of use over the holidays! (updated six months later: the seat now shows tiny hairline cracks when you’re sitting in it, but they aren’t visible when the chair is not in use.) Non-perfectionist me isn’t bothered by this. After all, the chair was TEN dollars. Pretty sure I can live with a few itsy bitsy cracks in the seat for $10. 😉
Pedicure for my Painted Velvet Chair
About a month later, I decided the pretty lady needed her first pedicure so when I came across a little pot of gold paint I knew just what I’d use it for.
Such a fun little detail to give my painted velvet chair some extra “zing”.
This past Christmas she modeled my favorite pillow I made using a sharpie (not the antler one in the photo). Details on that in another post to come! And now, this chair has a fabulous new sidekick – come see how I made over this sad little foot stool into a sassy accessory…
Pin for later! 😉