How to Spray Paint Leather so you can Sit on It.
Did you know you can spray paint leather??? This Silver Chair once resided in a woman’s house who, sadly, smoked three packs of cigarettes a day for at least 30 years, as long as she lived in the house with the windows shut! My neighbor gave them to me when my aunt passed away. I diligently cleaned with almost a gallon of TSP (not joking), and then the process began.
I Painted the frame in a lovely Antique White, then glazed it with a mix of Glaze and Coffee Bean Craft Paint. The Upholstery got a makeover with Paint! Yes, you can spray paint Leather; just go slowly. As in, ONE LIGHT COAT at a time, and build up to about 20 coats. Wipe off the remaining paint that has not been absorbed, and voila, you have a fantastic new chair, no chips, no runs, it is Silver for good now. Don’t you love it?
This is my sad chair in the before state:
And here it is, Spray Painted Leather with Silver Spray Paint!
This little chair is generating a buzz! Here are some answers to a lot of the questions I am receiving. If you still don’t find your answer here, feel free to email me. I am happy to respond.
1) Did you paint the frame or leather first?
I thoroughly cleaned the whole thing with TSP and taped off all the leather first, which probably took the longest, as the chair has lovely curves. I painted the piece white; I like DIY Paint in Vintage Linen with a Coffee Bean Glaze. Then pulled the tape. I waited for the paint to cure, then taped off the frame. Then, the Silver Spray began one very light coat at a time. It was worth it, and the end result is so beautiful. It makes me happy every time I walk into that room.
2) What glaze did you use?
I used a glaze that is no longer available. I highly recommend DIY Paint Liquid Patina. It’s an all-natural product, and it will work as a Top Coat as well as a Glaze Medium. This way, you can use it for all kinds of things.
2) How has the chair held up?
The chair is a “side chair” next to my piano in my front room. It gets very little daily use, but we entertain and get put into service. So far, so good. It looks fantastic. I did take it out once and “dusted” it with a couple more coats of Silver. I didn’t bother taping off for this, as it was just a quick touch-up.
3) Does the Silver rub off?
No. It is completely bonded to the chair. I would not recommend putting the chair into service until it has cured for at least 48 hours after you do this process. I would, however, recommend wiping it with a soft cloth thoroughly before using it because there will be some paint that was not absorbed.
I hope that helps! Thank you for stopping by!