Wednesday, February 27, 2013

You Can Paint on Vinyl

You gotta love paint.
Really, is there any surface that you can't paint on?
I have been painting vinyl chairs for years
and have had good experience with durability and wear.
I thought I would share one of my recent projects.

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This was an old chair that my friend had

that was needing some College Spirit.

I painted the wood part of the chair Red over Black

like I have done in other paint projects.

Then I found some black Vinyl for under $4/yard.

The seat needed a new layer of batting.

I have more details on padding a chair seat Here.

I found the college logo online,

chalked up the back,

placed on center of chair seat, and

pressed the outline with a pencil.

I taped off the square edges

and brushed on a coat of white primer.

Then painted in the rest of the detail.

After I had the logo painted I put a coat of clear glaze on top.

You can even add some glaze to your paints as you work.

Here's another chair where I painted entirely over all of the vinyl.

After a base coat of grey,

I used a big brush to apply silver and black mixed with glaze.

The glaze is a medium that will make your paint

flexible and not so stiff.

Also, the glaze helps seal the paint.

Then I added finer brush detail.

So now when you're out thrifting

you can have a new vision for vinyl.

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I love to go thrifting

to see what little goodies

are waiting

for the "old college try".

Have a great day!

*I have had really good luck with my paint on vinyl
not chipping or peeling.  I think it is because of the
glaze extender.  It makes the paint more pliable.
My chair after two years still looks great*

Oh, and remember, I'm having a Giveaway this week

to celebrate my first Blog Birthday.


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Feral Turtle said...

This is brilliant! I would have never thought of painting on vinyl!

Laurel Stephens said...

I never would have tried painting vinyl. This is so good to know!

Artsy VaVa said...

I haven't painted on vinyl before but now I will!!! Both chairs look great. You are very talented.

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Painting over vinyl? Who knew! You are ever talented, as always. I like everything about the chair except for the fact that you painted it for the cornhuskers. blech. They're not a Missouri Tiger fan's favorite team, that we've parted ways (different conferences) it's not so bad. . ;) Have a great day!


Cathy said...

This post couldn't have come at a better time! I have a pin-legged stool I picked up at a thrift store. The vinyl on the seat is in excellent shape just not a great colour but the embossing in the vinyl is great. So I was going to paint it and hopefully salvage the embossing.
If you could answer some questions that would be great. Do you prime? and if so, what type? When you go to paint, what type of paint do you use (latex or oil). Do you use a roller(small foam) or a brush?
Thanks for your time,

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Cathy,
You don't have to prime unless you are going white over black. Use latex or just craft paint and a brush. You will need a couple coats of just paint. Then on your final coat mix a little clear glaze in with to seal.
Hope your project turns out great!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love this idea.
Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

angela johnson said...

I have these bright red restaurant chairs I want to redo and new ones are not in my budget I'm going from bright red to a med shade of blue Do u recommend I prime these? Also where can i get the clear glaze can I purchase it from hobby lobby and what brand do u you use? These will be used a lot will they crack and and peel over time thank you for you time love your work

Constance A said...

Just found this post and thanks so much! Could you please take a moment and share the brand of glaze you use? Thanks so much

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Constance,
I use several different products so I can't remember exactly which one I used, but I like the "Do it Best" brand glaze. I've also used the Zinsser glaze but that is a little thicker. You could also use Floetrol which is a paint extender much like the "Do it Best" brand.
Best wishes on your project!

Constance A said...

Hi Deb! Thanks for the reply and your useful information. I'm currently working on two ottomans both vinyl and using latex paint and the Flood Floetrol that you recommended. I'm linking to you and your blog in my post. Thanks again for everything, Constance

Deb Hrabik said...

Happy to help, Constance!