Three weeks ago I was looking high and low for a king-sized headboard (to go with my new very comfy bed which deserves an entire post of its own). I had promised myself I was not buying anything thing else but that promise didn’t even get me passed my first stop.
This great office chair had me breaking my vow to look only for a headboard. I spotted this beauty at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. They usually have great items but they are usually over priced these days so I was surprised that this chair was only $29.
Sure it was a little tired looking but I figured I could fix that with no problem.
There was quite a bit of wear on the arms of this faux leather, aka vinyl chair, but the rest of it had a shabby English library feel to it. Good thing my husband needs a new office chair because this puppy was coming home with me.
After a good cleaning I taped over the tacks on the arms with Frog Tape I decided it was time to try out the vinyl spray paint that I had spied at Home Depot.
According to the Rust-Oleum website Rust-Oleum Specialty Vinyl Spray restores color and gloss and is ideal for vinyl or fabric car and boat seats, dashboards, upholstery, luggage, furniture, sports equipment and more because it contains actual vinyl for maximum flexibility.
My goal was to cover the worn places on the arms completely and to give a light dusting to the top and seat of the chair to freshen up the chair. It was easy to cover the arms with a few light coats. It covered well on the arms and dried to a glossy finish as promised.
On the places where I just sprayed on a light dusting the finish was not smooth. It was warm here that day so that may have caused this problem but I painted other items that day with regular spray paint that turned out just fine.
I gave the rough areas a light sanding and wiped it down with furniture polish which
smoothed out the finish.
I added a little stuffing to the seat cushion and it was done, or so I thought. Within a few days the painted areas on the arm began to crack. Don’t be scared this is only a close up of the cracking not part of some poisonous lizard.
With the exception of the arms cracking I was happy with the chair. Adding a bit more stuffing made a big difference in the look of the chair.
Over all I was disappointed with the Vinyl Spray Paint. The vinyl on the arms of this chair are only padded a bit so the material doesn’t have to flex very much and it still cracked the paint. There is no way this finish would hold up on something like a car seat or couch cushion but if you are using it on a hard surface I think it would work very well.
As it turns out my husband doesn’t like the fit of the chair. He says it is uncomfortable so it looks like my son just inherited an office chair. Hopefully he will like it.
Have you used this or any other type of vinyl spray paint? And how were your results? Did any of you have a better experience with this type of paint? If you did I would love to hear about it.
Thanks for reading,