I had several names swirling in my head to name this post. Another fine mess I've gotten myself into, or Why don't I listen to people, or Seriously what was I thinking. It all started last week when I was scanning Craigslist. I was searching for chairs I could recreate for a game table I want to have in our basement family room. I came across four Pottery Barn Teen Oh La La armchairs. They were listed for $200 and I offered $100 for the four. We ultimately agreed on $160. They were admittedly badly stained and on one of the chairs the seat was sunken. They would definitely need reupholstering. I asked friends and family and pretty much everyone advised me not to buy the chairs. Did I really need to take on such a large project? For one week I kept thinking about the chairs. I could picture how beautiful I could make these chairs. So on Saturday I went into the city to pick up the chairs.
I did ask the seller how these chairs could possibly have gotten so abused in such a short amount of time. She was young and living in the city and she said that her sister liked to have parties. Ya think??? The whole car ride home I had buyer's remorse. This was going to be a big job.
I decided to start with the worst of the chairs.
I took it apart and saw that the webbing had totally sunk.
I re-stretched it and stapled it back into place.
I then flipped the cushion and started to pull off the rest of the upholstery. Several hours later all I had was blisters all over my hands and was struggling to get off the rest of the upholstery. Now I seriously wanted to cry. I was so annoyed with myself for not listening. Why do I ask for advice when I don't listen? Ugh! I walked away from the project and started to think....and think.
I decided to try to clean the upholstery. After an hour of scrubbing, it didn't look any better, and now was wet. So I walked away from the project again, and started to think again.
Then it hit me. I searched on the internet for painting upholstery. I remembered seeing this somewhere. I read every tutorial I could and they all said basically the same thing. I just needed latex paint, fabric medium and water. I had everything I needed in the house. I decided to test it out on the fabric I had removed from the first chair. To speed up the drying process I used a hairdryer. It felt soft and the coverage was great. So I went to the other three chairs.
Here's what they look like after just one coat of paint.
Wow, right? I kept saying to myself that I was so clever. The truth is if I was so clever I should have figured this out before I completely stripped the first one. I still will have to do something with that chair.
I am definitely hopeful. I am letting it dry overnight and then will paint it with a second coat. If this is successful I will definitely post a full tutorial. If it's a bust, I'll let you know that as well. Stop back tomorrow to see how my Craigslist chairs turn out.