My favorite find last week was a sturdy vintage chair full of detail with soft, pale green (filthy) velvet upholstery – if you plan on repurposing an old chair, it is not for the faint of heart where dirt is concerned!
After a good vacuum and a scrub with an upholstery cleaner, the velvet was clean and much brighter. A tip here – spray the cleaner on a table or surface first, then scoop it up with a damp sponge and apply. If you spray directly, you can cause streaking.
I told you the detail is amazing. There are those out there who – gasp! – dislike painting vintage furniture. I agree that not all pieces should be painted but this chair is the perfect example of a piece that looks so much better with a coat of paint on it. The lighter colored paint, distressing and dark waxes really make the vintage detail pop while they had basically disappeared prior.
I told you the detail is amazing!
Not only is the chair beautiful to look at, but it is super comfy too.
A lovely addition to any home!
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Beautiful chair, and yes, painting brought out all those gorgeous details, thanks for sharing!
I absolutely love it!! Stunning!
Thank you so much!
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Oh my, your chair is simply stunning! I would love to have this is my home!
kelly @ cowboys daughter design
what a lovely site, it is no everyday you find a site this professional with creativity and excellent photography. i will be following you and thank you for the inspiration~
Thank you so much! I appreciate your sweet comment and am so happy to have you follow along!
Suzanne – The chair looks fabulous! I, too, have a vintage chair I want to clean up and paint and I appreciate the helpful info about cleaning the fabric. Any suggestions or tips as to how not to get paint on the fabric? Thanks. Jennifer
My trick is to take a piece of paper and push it into the crevice between the fabric and the back legs of the chair. Just push it down there into the crease and paint away. Use tape along the sides of the seat as that is straight and easy to tape off. Good luck with your project!
Christina @The DIY Mommy
This is gorgeous! I’m picking up two relatively similar vintage armchairs and I want to paint the wood. How do you paint the frame so well without ruining the upholstery? Thanks!
Christina @The DIY Mommy
Oh! I just saw the previous comment reply where you suggested paper and tape. 🙂
Hi Christina, I really like to take a sheet of paper and just jam it down the side between the upholstery and frame. Works like a charm! Good luck with your project! Suzanne