This is one of those times I wish you could just pop by my living room and see for yourself the transformation that happened to this foot stool/storage cube. I can describe the process for painting micro-suede here, but I know you won’t get the full effect of the finish product; and it is truly amazing!
I have been wanting a foot stool to go with my oversized armchair (you can see it in the pictures with the knitted pillow here) in my living room for quite awhile. As with the rest of my projects, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, but wanted something that looked classic and beautiful. After searching for some time, I finally came across this very bright, very teenager-ish turquoise storage cube at the Salvation Army and for some reason if felt “right”. It was in great condition and only $10 so I figured why not and carted it home.Since this blue matches nothing, and I mean nothing in my house, I figured I would give painting it a go. Yes, painting it. I have played around a bit with painting fabric in the past (see here) but have done nothing major. I figured it was time to do “major” and if it failed, well, I could handle the $10 loss.
I set out to paint the micro-suede fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. The first two coats got pretty sucked up by the fabric and made it kind of stiff and weird feeling. I decided to keep with it though and see what would happen if I added a few more coats. I ended up putting 4 coats of the white on it and I couldn’t believe what happen; the fabric actually began to take on a leathery look and feel! It was truly remarkable.I actually loved how the white looked, but it did NOT look good in my living room with the overstuffed chair. I am usually very good about colours and what does and doesn’t go together (I can see them in my head without even trying them) but something happened to my colour-mometer this time…
Once I saw how the foot stool looked in the space, I knew it had to be brown NOT white. I had some brown latex paint so gave it another two coats in that colour and I loved the look! After all of the painting was finished I gave the entire cube a coat of antiquing wax to give it some variation in colour and depth. The wax dried up beautifully and gave it a very supple look and feel.
I couldn’t (and still can’t) believe the outcome… the little turquoise cube had magically transformed into a beautiful leathery looking foot stool. I felt like it was the story of the ugly duckling and the swan all over again! I sooo wish that you could actually reach in and touch it because my words will never do justice to how much the stool looks and feels like leather.
I still can’t believe that this $10 cube turned into such a beautiful piece; way beyond what I could have imagined. Give it a whirl, I would highly recommend it!