I’m feeling a little better today and have been busy catching up on house work and other projects, but I wanted to get one last post in before the weekend.
As you all know, I’ve wanted a pair of x benches to put in my bedroom for quite a while now. Even the basic, plain white x benches from Ballard were going to run me about $400. So, I scoured eBay and Craig’s List. A few months of searching later, I found these bad boys on Craig’s List for $15 a pop.
I considered reupholstering the benches myself. But I am in the middle of THREE upholstery projects right now and the idea of doing all that piping was making my head spin. Can you blame me?
So I called a number of professional upholsters. The cheapest quote I got was $175 per bench (not including the fabric) just for the labor. Yeah. Thanks, but no thanks.
Enter: Google search “spray painting fabric”
I’ve read online that you can use regular old latex paint (brushed on) or spray paint from the hardware store to paint upholstery. I was a little skeptical with that prospect (though I plan to try it out in the very near future), so I decided to go with a special spray paint made for upholstery by this company that promises the painted fabric will stay soft after drying.
Verdict? I found that the painted fabric was a little stiff at first, though it was softer than I expected. It’s been about 3 weeks now, and the fabric has really loosened up. Still, I don’t think I’d paint a whole sofa. I’d stick with smaller upholstered furniture – benches, headboards, dining chairs, etc.