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!