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Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

How often do you search in vain for the perfect upholstered furniture with a specific fabric color and pattern, and just wished you could create your own? Now you can and it’s so simple and affordable, you’ll be amazed! In this DIY tutorial, you will learn how to reupholster thrift store furniture with custom stenciled fabric using Furniture Stencils and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® products. With so many stencil designs to choose from, you can make your painted furniture look exactly the way to you want it to, with your favorite colors and favorite stencil patterns. You can truly create a one of a kind piece using stencils and thrift store furniture… Now that’s a bargain!

Grab a chair and check out the video tutorial AND step by step instructions below:

Supplies:

Step 1: Remove the original seat cushion from your chair frame. Cut your desired fabric to the cushion’s size.

Step 2: Use a 1:1 ratio to dilute the Chalk Paint® with water.

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

Step 3: Place and secure the furniture stencil on the front side of the fabric with painter’s tape.

Step 4: Load the stencil brush with paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel. Vary your pressure when stenciling the design to create an uneven look.

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

Step 5: Once the first repeat is stenciled, remove the stencil and reposition it on the fabric using the registration marks built into stencil.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 3 through 5 until the entire front of the fabric is stenciled.

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

Step 7: Remove the original fabric from the cushion and replace it with the stenciled fabric. Pull the fabric tight and secure it the edges to the bottom of the cushion using a staple gun.

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

Step 8: Clean the chair frame using TSP substitute. Apply one coat of Annie Sloan White Soft Wax to the frame using a wax brush. Remove excess wax with cheesecloth. For added contrast, paint some areas with Pure White Chalk Paint®. Let dry.

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

Step 9: Apply a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax to the painted areas. Use sandpaper to distress the areas you just painted. Apply a second layer of clear wax after distressing and remove the excess wax with cheesecloth. Once the wax has dried, buff the frame with a clean piece of cheesecloth.

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

Step 10: Use a screwdriver to secure the cushion back in place.

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

DIY Painted Furniture Thrift Store Upcycle: Stenciling an Upholstered Chair - How to Paint Upholstered Fabric VIDEO Tutorial

Are you now inspired to use furniture stencils and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® to makeover your own furniture’s upholstery? We’d love to see how your DIY stencil projects turn out! Email us at projects@royaldesignstudio.com, share them on our Facebook Page, or you can even Instagram your projects and tag us with #royaldesignstudio

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