When it comes to reupholstering furniture, I'm the worst at committing to fabric. I've had less than stellar results in the past, so I find myself at a complete standstill when it comes time to pull the trigger.
These dining room chairs are a perfect example. I adore these chairs. However, I do not adore their traditional fabric. But as much as I dislike this fabric, my chairs have lived this way in my home for over a year (maybe two?).
I envision a leather upholstery more fitting with the modern aesthetic of the chairs; but I just can't bring myself to commit. So after reading some reviews on the pluses and minuses of painting upholstered fabrics, I decided to do a trial run and paint the fabric on these chairs.
Since I eventually want to replace the fabric with leather, I chose to use chalk paint. From what I read, it produces a more leather-like feel. If a softer more "fabric" feel is what you're after, using latex paint + a fabric medium is better for that application.
The actual process couldn't have been easier.
I first watered down my chalk paint to a somewhat thick but soupy consistency (don't overcomplicated the process), then I misted the fabric with water and began painting.
After two coats, with drying time in between, I then applied a coat of wax and buffed it out. Once it was buffed, the texture became very similar to leather in its feel + appearance.
I absolutely love the effect. But even more, I love how it updated these chairs without me having to commit to new upholstery beforehand.
So, until I reupholster these beautiful chairs in the manner they truly do deserve, this technique is a great in-between (which I'm actually in no hurry to replace). But when the time comes and I'm ready to take the plunge, I now have a good idea of what they'll look like in the actual leather I envision.
I'm rating this technique a win, especially when done on a small scale such as these dining chairs.