Recently, Simply Spray was nice enough to send me a few cans of their Simply Spray Upholstery Fabric Paint. This product promises to “rejuvenate, restore, or change the color of fabric and can be used on sofas, chairs, pillows, carpets, curtains, lampshades as well as car, boat and RV interior.”
You may know that my DIY mantra boils down to “find thing, spray paint thing,” so naturally this called for my excitedface! I could basically reupholster a chair with one hand!
They offer tons of colors, and you’ll never guess what I picked. Ok, you will. Gray.
Sure, I was having doubts, but Simply Spray ensures that the paint works on all absorbant materials, in addition to being non-toxic, non-flammable, permanent, fast drying and won’t rub off once dry.”
So, I began to spray! And it looked amazing. But uh-oh … the paint was not joking around about being absorbent. It quickly got sucked right into the yellow fabric. (It was actually a bit shaggier than it looks in the picture. You know how when you can run your hand across certain fabric and it will lay differently, and you can even play tic-tac-toe on the couch fabric when you’re bored, it was kind of like that. You know?)
My chair was slurping up the paint as fast as I could spray it. I concentrated on the back of the chair first, convinced that if I just kept thoroughly spraying, I could really soak it in there and the chair would stop guzzling up my paint. I burned through an entire can this way. It was during my frantic paint dance in the driveway that my husband came out and said that I was probably scaring the neighbors again, and I should also consider spraying a light coat over the entire thing, then let it dry, THEN go over it again.
Oh. Duh. He must have like, read the can or something.
So that’s what I did, and things were considerably easier. It’s quite surprising how soft it feels. Not stiff or crispy, it just feels like it did before. And I love that it’s non-toxic too. Now my humble $5 chair looks pretty great, I think!
(kind of looks black, but I used Charcoal Gray.)
All in all, this chair took six cans of paint total, but I think you could get by on way less if you followed these tips that I learned in this experience:
Don’t use a shaggy, nappy, furry fabric. Something with a tight weave will need SO MUCH less paint.
Don’t stop and take a break halfway through a can. They are good for a one-time use only. I probably lost about an entire can’s worth of paint by not continuously spraying until the paint ran out. Because once you stop, the nozzle clogs quickly and is practically impossible to get going again.
You can accomplish a drastic color change, like I did here, but it will require more coats. Sticking closer to similar shades is your best bet. Also, you can’t really lighten a dark fabric. Trying to repaint this chair yellow would not fly!
So, are you dying to try some Simply Spray out yet? It’s so fun, I even did a quick little spray on a pair of canvas shoes! They have fourteen colors available and are always adding new shades. Enter now to get your hands on some too!
Giveaway ends Monday, May 28th, winner chosen at random.
Good luck, and have a great weekend friend!