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Sometimes I find things at the flea market that I didn’t know I needed. Exhibit A: this pair of stackable vinyl stools/ ottomans. I’m a sucker for good extra seating and bonus points if it doesn’t take up too much room. These slide right under the coffee table in our family room and are perfect for when the kids gather around to play games or build with their magnetic tiles.
These ottomans did NOT look cool when they came home with me. They had dirty, mustard-colored seats. No bueno. I loved the shape of the cushions and knew that there was no way I’d be able to upholster anything that neatly. I also LOVE vinyl for the kids stuff because it’s easy to wipe clean if they get pizza sauce on it or something. Hypothetically. (Ignore the price tag… I talked her down to $20.)
I started by giving them a really good cleaning. I hit the creases with an old toothbrush and went after the seats themselves with my secret furniture cleaning weapon … I use it on just about everything.
Once the seats were clean, I unscrewed them from the base and gave them a coat of vinyl spray paint. Yep. Your read that correctly. It’s a spray paint MEANT for vinyl. The colors aren’t varied or all that interesting, but navy blue has my heart these days and the color works perfectly in our family room and matches the eclectic collection of throw pillows.
A few light coats of the spray paint, and the cushions were ready to screw right back in place. I didn’t even repaint the base because it is the same shade as our floors. Meaning… this DIY cost me $20 for the stools and $5 for the vinyl spray paint, and it took *maybe* an hour.
I also used vinyl spray paint on the amazing MCM bench that lives up in Eleanor’s room. It’s been up there for a year and a half and there’s one tiny little corner where the paint flaked off a bit but… if I’m being honest… I never cleaned it before painting so that’s user error in all likelihood. Nothing a touch up won’t take care of!
Leave any questions in the comment section… I’ve only tried this on smaller pieces likes stools and ottomans, but… for $5 a can, it’s a GREAT alternative to upholstery if you’re looking to keep the vinyl!
What a great steal. You did and excellently job on the stools, and your little girl looks so cute and sweet too. It seems like yesterday that my son, now 13yo was that age. They grow up so fast.
Charlotte Smith says
Thanks, Ivory! I LOVE them and yes… bargain price. 🙂 They’re pretty low so wouldn’t quite work for adult extra seating, but for the kids… perfect!
I found a great pair of mid century walnut chairs with a vinyl seat and back on the side of the road and wanted to try the paint, but was so worried it would come out terrible! Is the vinyl paint sticky, or smelly?
Charlotte Smith says
Nope. Not even a little bit! The finished texture is a little grainier than the vinyl before… but it’s not rough. Just not… as buttery if that makes any sense. The two things I used it on were awful as is… the alternative would have been to completely reupholster so I figured worth a $5 can of spray paint, right?
Agreed! I looking forward to giving these beautiful chairs a facelift! By laurafn – See more Home Design Photos
Trying to post a photo of the chairs- sorry it linked right to houzz!