DIY Chair Makeover with Upholstery Spray Paint


Hey Everyone! So today I’ve been very busy, giving a tired old chair a lovely new look! When we moved into our new flat we didn’t really have any furniture, so a lot of our stuff has been donated by our lovely family 🙂 My Aunt gave us a pair of cute armchairs, but as they had been stored in her garage for a while they were a little faded, so I thought I would try to re-cover them.

This was a complete disaster, and one of the chairs ended up looking like a child’s badly wrapped Christmas present…

Ok, so re-covering chairs is CLEARLY not a talent of mine, so I had to think of something else. I found some upholstery spray paint called ‘Simply Spray’ on amazon so I thought I would give that a try instead, and it actually turned out quite well! The only criticism I have of the spray paint is that there is not enough paint in one can, for a small chair like mine I would recommend two cans to give a good enough coverage, as mine is a little patchy, and I didn’t manage to paint the bottom of the cushion, so I will probably order another can to finish it off. Here’s how I did it- let me know what you think! 

Choose Your Upholstery Spray Paint and Assemble the Basics

First: The essentials! You will need your upholstery paint colour of choice, as well as masking tape and a face mask to protect you from the fumes.



Clean Your Chair Ready For Spraypainting

First give the chair a quick clean making sure all dust and dirt is off, or the paint won’t stick. Then use the masking tape to cover the parts of the chair that you don’t want to be painted. I chose to just cover the wooden legs.


Start Spraying Your Chair with Your Upholstery Spray Paint

It’s time to start spraying. Keep the can about 8-10 inches from the chair to get an even coverage *remember not to do this outside if its windy, the paint will go everywhere*


Well… that’s it! Just allow the paint to dry, and accessorise with a nice bright cushion, and you have a lovely new chair on a low budget. The cushion was just £12 from Homesense, and the fabric spray paint was around £13.
I would love to hear from anyone else who has used fabric paints on upholstery, so please feel free to get in touch 🙂


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DIY chair makeover
Emily Brookes
Emily Brookes

Emily Brookes is an Interior Designer based in the UK. Since graduating from the National Design Academy with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, Emily started her successful blog, Emily May Designs, which shares ideas and inspiration on how to create a beautiful home.


  1. July 27, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Thanks Tiffany, I'm so glad you like it! It's definitely an improvement on before, I'm going to try this again with some other furniture as well I think! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 xxx

  2. July 27, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    LOVE this the colour is so nice!! Very vibrant! x

    • July 28, 2014 / 5:41 am

      Thanks Sarah! Just checked out your blog too, lovely photography! xxx

  3. July 30, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    Love it, great way to give an old chair new life! Love your logo too! xoxo

    • July 30, 2014 / 2:33 pm

      Thanks Moirah! Glad you like the logo too, I made it myself 🙂 Just checking out your blog, it's gorgeous! xxxxx

  4. August 2, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Love this chair design – the colours look great 🙂


    • August 2, 2014 / 7:04 pm

      Hi Jenny!
      Thanks for the sweet comment 🙂 glad you like it! Thanks for reading!
      Emily xx

    • January 5, 2015 / 1:45 pm

      Thanks, Monika! I'm glad you like it, it was a lot of fun!
      Emily x

  5. December 18, 2016 / 8:26 am

    Hi Emily,

    I'm looking for a solution to bring back part of a black velvet settee with a faded back and was looking at reveiws of this spray. It sat in front of a window I would imagine. Does it leave the fabric with a weird stiffness or texture? Did you notice it rubbing off at all? How is it holding up these years later?

    • December 20, 2016 / 10:37 am

      Hi Shell,
      Thanks for your comment! It does make the fabric slightly more stiff than usual, so I would recommend testing it on another piece of fabric first to see how it dries. I used quite a lot of it on the chair in this post, but if you are spraying black on black I don't think you would need to use so much!
      Emily xx

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