Fabric Spray Review: Seriously, Spray Paint that Old Chair!
Do it yourself / /
A little while back a friend asked me if I wanted her old wingback style chair and I agreed to take it off her hands. It was free, after all. I like wingback chairs and I needed another chair for my living room, so it was worth getting some help and getting that chair to my house.
The chair was in good overall condition, but it had some stains, and the off-white and blue pattern wasn’t going to match my furniture. It is comfortable to sit in, so, I had to decide what to do with it. I could either get rid of the chair, slap a slipcover on it, or reupholster it.
Here’s the chair before I decided what to do with it.
That evening, while staring at the free eyesore in my living room, I was surfing the Internet and Googled “diy wingback chair repair”. Several results generated, but only one grabbed my attention: Simply Spray. Simply Spray is a specialty fabric spray that allows you to spray on fabrics like upholstery. I was intrigued and bought four cans to give it a go. Here’s what happened next.
My living room décor features mostly burgundy, purplish reds, and plum colors, so I chose this plum fabric spray paint for my little project.
When I got the fabric spray paint I ordered, I gave it a couple of practice sprays on some newspaper I put down outside where I planned to spray paint my chair. Reddish-colored paint is always messy, so naturally, I got it all over my hands after going through four cans to complete my little DIY wingback chair painting project. The good news is that it adheres fast to fabric, but not to skin. It easily washed off my hands.
Here are a couple of pictures from during the process of painting my chair.
After I sprayed the practice sprays, I realized I loved the messy plum color, so I proceeded, with much excitement for the outcome, to spray paint my newly acquired wingback chair. Here’s what I noticed from the time I sprayed it to now (two weeks later).
- Right after spraying the chair, the texture was a little bit crunchy.
- After an hour or so the crunchy texture is gone, but the color remains steadfast.
- Once it thoroughly dries, the color is odorless and waterproof and doesn’t rub off or “bleed” onto anything that I’ve noticed so far.
- After two-weeks, my gorgeous wingback chair seems to be holding up quite well in that vivid plum color.
The color goes very well with my burgundy and reddish-purple décor. Here is a before and after of my free wingback chair.
Some Things You Should Know
It is imperative finish each can once you start spraying. I did this project in a few short hours, so I used all four cans, including the practice spraying. Don’t leave it sitting overnight without removing the nozzle, blowing out the excess paint and letting it sit overnight submerged in water so you can use it the next day. Though I don’t recommend making this a two-day project, if you must stop spraying for whatever reasons, take care of the nozzle and ensure the can is well-covered. After two days, the opened can of paint will be useless to you. I didn’t learn that from my own experience, but I did read it and after using this specialty fabric spray paint, I can understand how that works.
An 8-ounce can is about $12, which you might think is a bit costly. However, my other options for making this chair suitable for my purposes were two to four times the price of four cans of Simply Spray fabric paint. It cost me around $55 (including shipping) to paint my chair. The chair was free, so technically I paid $55 for a comfortable wingback chair in excellent condition. It is unlikely I would get such a deal anywhere on a new or used wingback chair like this one.
This was a fun, kind of therapeutic project for me. My wingback chair looks amazing and I sit in it all the time. I sometimes have to fight my cat for time in my chair.
If you have an old or unsightly chair, sofa, or other upholstered piece of furniture in your house, I recommend that you spray paint it with Simply Spray. This alternative can be better than trying to dispose of an otherwise great piece of furniture, and less time-consuming and less costly than other methods of repair or renovating upholstered furniture.