It’s the third week of the One Room Challenge and I’m working hard to complete our master bedroom makeover. If you missed week one or week two, check them out to see my design plans, DIY dresser hack, and all about the One Room Challenge.
Whew, what a week! I had an amazing time this weekend just outside of Las Vegas at my best friends wedding. I shared part of the drive on my Instagram stories and it was just what I needed to clear my head, relax, and prepare for all the exciting things coming our way!
With my weekend full, I didn’t get many chances to work on our master bedroom makeover so this week was kind of a hodge podge of half completed projects. However, one major project that I’ve almost completed is painting our bench.
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Yup, I painted it. I wanted a more neutral colored bench just like the one in my design plan. Instead of trying to reupholster or diy new fabric, I looked for an easier solution. I’ve seen many tutorials and projects on Pinterest for painting old fabric chairs or sofas from thrift stores or antique shops, and I decided to give it a try. I bought this bench at Marshalls last summer and I’ve seen many since then, so I figured if I mess it up – I could always purchase another. Luckily, that didn’t happen and I’m so happy with how this project turned out!
PAINTING FABRIC SUPPLIES:
- foam brush
- painters brush
- craft paint, I used Martha Stewart Wet Cement
- fabric medium, I used DecoArt Americana
- spray bottle with water
- fine grit sanding block
- clear wax, I used Martha Stewart Vintage Decor
As I mentioned, there are many tutorials on how to do this. I combined some methods and created my own for what I thought worked best for the fabric I was using. Do what works for you. The fabric on our bench has a rough texture already, almost more like canvas than linen.
First, I mixed the craft paint and fabric medium according to instructions on the bottle. It’s a 2:1 mixture, with 2 parts paint and 1 part fabric medium. To make it easy, I poured 2 bottles of paint and 1 bottle of fabric medium into an old plastic container and mixed them together with my sponge brush. The 2 bottles of paint and 1 bottle of fabric medium were enough for one coat.
I sprayed the fabric with water and applied the first coat of paint. I tested a small area first, because as I mentioned I was still hesitant that this would actually work. To my surprise – it did!
I decided to skip spraying the fabric first (it was a little too watery) and just started painting. I was glad to see that the paint was able to cover up the pattern on the fabric (it seemed to be an issue in other tutorials) even after it dried. I kept applying the paint with my sponge brush and used the painters brush to get around the buttons and smaller areas.
I let the first coat dry and then used a fine grit sanding block and sanded the fabric. This sounds crazy, but it worked. The fabric became smoother and it evened out some of the spots where the fabric had loosened up and gathered.
Just like with any painting project – the second coat was better than the fist. For the second coat, I did spray the fabric with water first for a more even coat. And once it was a dry, sanded it down again.
Some areas of the fabric (like around the tufted buttons) were not even, so I sprayed it all down again and applied a thin third coat of paint. If you are keeping track, I used 4 bottles of paint and 2 bottles of fabric medium so far. On the second and third coats, using the water helped the paint go a long way.
Once the third layer dried, I sanded it all down one last time and applied a clear coat of wax. This step helped seal in the paint and smooth out the finish. The final photos will be in the room reveal in just a few weeks!
This process was so easy and as I mentioned, I can’t believe it actually worked. Next up, I’m painting my headboard 🙂 – I already tested a little spot and its going to be great. Then I will have a matching headboard and end of the bed bench in my very own custom color.
I’m so glad I decided to join the One Room Challenge! Don’t forget to check out how everyone else’s rooms are coming along!
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