I’ve never really liked this ottoman. I think it’s kind of ugly. I bought it from Target in London when the chain was shutting down its Canadian stores. It was on sale, well made and served a purpose. It stood at the end of the guest-room bed so Spice and Miss Sugar could make the leap up more easily.
We don’t need it for its intended purpose here, and it doesn’t mesh with the decor, so I decided to paint it. Chalk paint enthusiasts claim painting upholstery is easy-peasy. I consulted my paint pals at Stan Portley’s in London and although I wanted to use Van Gogh paint, they were out of stock on my preferred shade. Instead, I grabbed some Cottage Paint in Anchor Grey.
Step one is to clean the piece thoroughly by vacuuming and using a sticky roller – whatever it takes. Then, mist it with water. I used my plant mister and gave it a light shower in sections as I worked. Mist then paint. Mist then paint. The paint soaks in, obviously, and even though I watched my work carefully, the first coat still came out uneven. Derek wanted me to stop at coat number one but it was too blotchy for my liking.
I was starting to think it was a failed experiment but I kept going. Two full coats didn’t cover the pattern but it looked a lot better, to my eyes. Then I remembered what Bobbi at Stan Portley told me about the finish. Waxed chalk paint on upholstery ends up feeling like leather.
It was challenging to keep the wax coat even and remove any excess before it dried, which takes about an hour. But I think it looks a lot better with the finish coat on it. After it dried, I gave it a thorough rolling with a sticky roller. And here it is in its natural habitat.
I’m glad I kept going even though it was tempting to quit partway through. Sometimes you can’t imagine the result until you get there. It certainly fits in better with the room.
If the question is, can you chalk paint upholstery, the answer is definitely yes. As long as the piece is for occasional use. I wouldn’t advise painting a favourite couch or chair that you like to lounge in every day.