Have you ever watched the show Flea Market Flip on HGTV? It is one of my favorites! I love seeing how old or damaged items can be refurbished into something brand new. Recently, I gave it a try and I have to say I am rather impressed.
The Thrifted Chair
I thrifted this chair for $25. The pattern didn’t really match the rest of my living room furniture, and there was a small tear at the top. Nonetheless, $25 was still a steal for this big, comfy chair! I used a dot of super glue to patch up the tear, and then I started to research reupholstery.
ReUpholstery Or Painting?
Once I started to learn about the reupholstery process and the price of fabric, I started to get discouraged. There had to be a way I could change up this chair without emptying my bank account. After a few days of scrolling through Pinterest, I came across this blog post by House&Canvas. It was this blog that sparked my inner Joanna Gaines, and I learned the secrets of painting upholstered furniture. If someone else could do it, I decided I might as well give it a try, and you should too!
Supplies From House&Canvas
I spent under $100 buying the supplies that I would need to paint this chair. I bought my paint, wax, and brushes from House&Canvas. If you already have your own brushes, you could spend even less flipping a piece of your own furniture. I loved that their water-based paints had a low odor, too. This meant that I could paint inside of my apartment without any fumes, and clean my brushes right in my kitchen sink; which makes this a perfect project to do in your Camden Apartment!
Chalk Finish Paint
I started painting the first coat and was already impressed with how easy it was! Chalk finish paint requires minimal prep work, and it covers a lot with just one coat! The fabric absorbed a lot of the paint, so a second coat was required. If you were to paint a wooden piece of furniture, you may get away with just one quick coat!
Sand And Seal With Clear Wax
After one coat, I let it dry for 24 hours. As recommended, I did a light sand with 220 grit sandpaper, wiped away the dust, and started a second coat. I let that dry for another 24 hours before I sanded again and sealed my chair with House&Canvas’ clear wax. This wax protects the chair from water and stains and prevents the paint from cracking. It feels like a chalky leather and I love that it brings a new texture to my living room!
Thanks to the Simply Camden blog for this post.