DIY Chair Painting

My mom picked up this chair that was used as a throne in a play. They had spray-painted it gold and it wasn't very attractive. I found a tutorial for how to paint fabric, specifically chairs, and got to work. I got:

  • 1 Quart of Latex Paint
  • 2 Bottles of Fabric Medium
  • Spray Bottle
  • Paint Brush
  • Container for paint
  • Sandpaper, we used 220, 150, and 120.
  • Something to measure with

So here's the chair before we started work on it:

The chair that was spray painted gold before we painted it blue.

The chair that was spray painted gold before we painted it blue.

We first took the 220 grit sandpaper to the chair and tried to take away some of the gold paint. It worked well enough so next we sprayed the entire chair with water so all the fabric was damp. We mixed the paint and fabric medium at about a 1:1 ratio, I didn't have anything to measure exactly with so we did it first with a plastic spoon, and then I ended up eyeing the mixture. We took the paintbrushes and painted all of the fabric blue, trying to avoid the wood and the gold trim. The blue looked nice, but the gold still showed through, which wasn't a bad look, and a huge improvement from before.

The golden chair, painted blue.


We let it dry overnight and then the next morning we sanded all of the fabric with the 200 grit sandpaper before spraying the chair with water again, and then painting it with the paint and fabric medium mixture. That night we sanded the chair again and repeated the process from that morning.

The sanding took away a bit of the blue, and in places we could wear the chair back down to the gold, but if we were careful, it went okay. We then took the finer sandpaper, the 150 and the 120 to the wood that had been painted gold. We wanted the shine to come down. I purposefully wore down the parts of the chair that would have lost paint over prolonged use, such as where the hands would rest, so that the chair would look worn-in. Here's the final result.

Full Chair Final

Chair Back Chair Detail

I haven't yet found a cushion for the chair but I'm pretty happy with what I've got.