Tutorial: How to Paint Upholstery Fabric and Completely Transform a Chair!

How to paint upholstery fabric and completely transform a piece of furniture. This painted chair was so easy!
I had something else planned to show you today, but this awesome weekend project got bumped to the top of the list because I just love how it turned out.  I scored a great old chair at the Salvation Army on Friday (it had great bones, as they say), and spent the weekend painting it and making it absolutely glamorous.

When I posted about my dining room a few days ago, I showed the before picture of this old girl and mentioned that I had a place already picked out for her, in a corner that still needed something to finish the room off.  Here’s how she looked when I brought her home:

thrift store chair before
Can you see the potential?  Gorgeous swoopy lines, lots of wood trim, beautiful tufting, and I even liked the damask pattern on the jacquard fabric.  I knew it would look beautiful painted.  It was also comfortable, and didn’t have any funky smells (if you ever see me in a thrift store, I’m the girl who’s sniffing the furniture!).

Here’s what I did:

How to paint upholstery fabric
I gave the wood trim a wipe down and two quick coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White (I had some left over from my dining room table and chairs).  I contemplated silver trim, but decided against it–maybe on the next chair!  I splashed a few drops on the fabric, and in hindsight, I should have been more careful.  I was able to cover it, but it took several coats.  Here she is with the painted trim–I could already tell she was going to be a beauty!

painted fabric chair white trim
I’ve painted fabric before, but cotton–not upholstery fabric (which is probably polyester).  I had pinned a couple of great blog posts on how to paint chairs–one by Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage {here} and one by Samm at Little House in the Big D {here}.  Since both of these ladies were painting velvet, and I was not, I used their posts as starting points and made adjustments when I needed to.

Here are the supplies I used:

painted fabric chair supplies

  • I used four 8 oz. bottles of the Martha Stewart fabric medium and only had an eensy bit left over.  Fabric medium is what keeps the fabric from becoming super-stiff after you paint it.  It was on sale for about $4.50 a bottle at Michael’s.  If you can’t find it there or don’t live near one, here’s a link to Amazon through our affiliate program:
  • I used ten 2 oz. bottles of Craft Smart acrylic paint in Dark Grey.  They were $0.69 apiece so it was still cheaper than buying a quart of latex paint.  If I was doing more than one chair, I would probably get paint mixed at the store, though.
  • The rhinestone jewels I used on the buttons–more on them later.  They were $3.99 but I used a 40% off coupon.
  • Also, a squirt bottle filled with water, a brush, and a clean up towel.  I used a regular 2″ paint brush for all of the coats, and a small artist’s brush to paint the piping so that I didn’t get paint on the white wood trim.

I mixed a 1:1:1 solution of paint, fabric medium, and water and used that for the first coat, since that was what the other ladies recommended.  Because my fabric wasn’t as thick and dense, though, it was a little too thin.  I mixed my other coats 1:1:1/2 and the lower water content worked much better for me.

Spraying a small area with water to make things spread more easily before painting, you can see that coat #1 gives partial coverage–the pinky gold is still showing through.

painted chair fabric first coat
I didn’t tape off the wood trim, I just painted carefully and used my clean up rag to wipe off any paint that got on it.

Because my seat had a removable cushion, I elevated it on a few soup cans and painted one side, let it dry, then painted the other.  Times four!

painted chair first coat
I let it dry between coats, but not overnight as the other tutorials suggested.  I did one coat in the morning and one in the evening on Saturday, and the same thing on Sunday.  Also, I did not need to use any sandpaper on my fabric–again, probably because it wasn’t velvet.

I needed to get my hands a little dirty to get paint into all the folds and tufting on the front, but it was worth it.  I discovered most of it during the sermon at church on Sunday (oops!).

fabric painted chair first coat complete
I probably could have stopped after three coats, but I needed one last coat to cover those few splotches of white paint from the trim, and the more I painted, the more I fell in love with the dark grey color.  I used an artist’s brush on the last two coats to be sure that I thoroughly covered the cording.

Here she is with all four coats of paint and her cushion back in place:

fabric painted chair after
Now, I could probably have stopped there, but I think we all know that a little bit of bling makes everything better.  So I put the acrylic rhinestone jewels into the tufting, right on top of the buttons, and secured them in place with a drop of fabric glue.  Perfect!

painted chair with bling
Here’s a close up so you can see the rhinestones and how nicely the damask pattern shows through.  It reminds me a bit of matelasse, but there’s a sheen to the fabric from all the layers of paint.

painted chair bling damask
And here are some “beauty shots” of my glamorous chair in her new spot in my dining room:

painted chair close up
painted fabric chair from side
painted chair with flowers
painted chair with silhouettes
The fabric is stiff, but not as stiff as things I’ve painted without using fabric medium.  It feels like outdoor/patio cushions, if you know what I mean.   I’ve passed beautiful pieces up so many times in the past because I didn’t want to shoulder the cost of reupholstering them, but now I know that I don’t have to.  I’ll bet spills and stains just roll right off, too!

I haven’t tested it yet, but from what I’ve read the paint is now colorfast, even when wet.  I’ve read tutorials where others used latex paint (flat and satin), chalk paint, and several other kinds, and it seems to work with all of them.   I’ll definitely let you know in a few months how it’s held up.

In the meantime, isn’t she *awesome*?!

Update:  I have written a second post {read it here} answering your questions about the process I followed and how the chair is holding up, seven months later.  Be sure to check it and the comments below if you have any questions–thanks!

If you want to see a black velvet chair that I painted several months later, that post is here.

Black velvet painted chair

Also, check out the article I wrote for SpouseBuzz on Military.com {here}.  It’s the first in a series of three.  If you’re a renter (or live in military housing) it will give you tips for painting and decorating to make your rental feel like home.  I have a similar post {here} on the blog.

 

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  1. Gorgeous! I just can’t believe it’s paint! The deep gray with the white is perfect. Off to Pinterest to pin it!

    • Thanks, Christy. I’m so glad I changed to the darker grey…I started out light and it just didn’t pop!

    • I love your painted upholstery. You are so talented. Than you for sharing. Can that be done to chair covers? I’m so tired of paying for them and the color no really being what I am looking for. Can get costly.

  2. Phyllis Cantrell says:

    She looks beautiful. You did a fantastic job. I’m loving your blog……

  3. Oh Christy, you did a fabulous job! Love the lines of that chair. Your color choice is awesome and the jewels on the buttons is icing on that beautiful cake of a chair!!! I saw some jewel nailheads on a chair at a hotel and have been wanting to put them somewhere. So cute with just a touch of bling! I’m a fan…xoxo

    • Can you believe I almost didn’t buy it?! I would still be kicking myself…

      So glad you stopped by, Janis. I have such fun watching what you’re up to on Instagram!

  4. Wow!! You did such a fabulous job! I Have been looking for a chair similar to this, with thoughts of reupholstering…but now that I have seen this, maybe I will try painting instead! Thanks!!!

  5. I was following you doing this on instagram and wow, did it turn out wonderful. Love the color and the added bling.

  6. Love! Love! Love! This chair! Everything about it! It is perfect! :) Great job :) :)

  7. I can’t believe that is painted! I’d never have even considered that as an option. It makes rehabbing an old piece seem so much less daunting to me. Looks SOOO good!!!!

  8. Jeannie Scott says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!!! Love the dark gray with the white!! And of course everything needs a little bling bling!!!! I have read several blogs on painting fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and after finished painting the fabric, they have waxed the fabric with the soft wax by Annie Sloan. It makes the fabric soft and durable……just an idea.

    • Hmm, it wouldn’t surprise me, but I’m almost afraid to try since I love it so much as it is. Maybe on my next piece…

      Thanks for the tip, though, Jeannie! What can’t you do with AS and wax?!

  9. Roye Nell Love says:

    I have two matching chairs that I was about to have reupholstered. The fabric is in great condition, so after seeing this blog; I’ve decided I will try to paint the fabric instead! Thank you for sharing this! Blessings to you!

  10. That chair is just bee-u-tiful!!!! I wish I had more patience to tackle thinks like that. I just painted my first Annie Sloan piece…an old jam type cabinet. All of you gals keep me motivated….so love your blog!!!

  11. Cheyenne Morris says:

    I love the chair!!! It looks great!!! But I really love that pillow!!! Please tell me you have a tutorial on how to make it!!! :-) Thanks!

    • I cannot tell a lie, Cheyenne, I bought it at Home Goods for $12.99 just last week. It doesn’t look like it would be hard to make, but for that price it probably is cheaper just to buy one!

  12. Fantastic; I now have the courage to do the 2 white Queen Ann’s’ chairs which have separate cushions & pickled white wood. Great job.

  13. LOVE the chair!!! LOVE the entire blog actually! I visit all the time and when I do, I get inspired to make my home gorgeous. Then I realize it’s small and I have no room for all the lovely projects I see. Of course, it IS just me, so I can do what I want, which means lots of ideas have been implemented! :)

  14. just curious as to how you were able to get the cushion to “plump up” and look so perfect. The chair is absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!!

  15. Gorgeous, just absolutely gorgeous!

  16. Love your chair! I have also painted upholstered chairs but just with regular latex paint! They do end up a little stiff and I’m anxious to try your method! I do have a question though! In your “before” picture, the cushion looks a little “squished” in the front center and I’m wondering if you did anything to puff it up a little?

    • Thanks, Pat! It is still a bit stiff, but not too bad. I might try more fabric medium next time and see if that makes a difference. No, I didn’t do anything to the cushion. Maybe the darker color hides the fact that the cushion’s a bit flat?

  17. That chair is stunning! I love the grey. The frame is beautiful with all those curves! Awesome find and awesome job recovering it!

  18. Fantastic job! I love the color! I have a love seat in the bedroom that I plan on painting as soon as I get to the city to buy some fabric medium. I also read on another blog that waxing it afterwards helps to soften it a little more. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Simply stunning! I love the color combo, and the way the damask shows through. Pinning to refer back to, if I ever find a chair half as nice!

  20. phyllis.gidgett says:

    thank you for the help so fast. iam very very new to all of this. did not know what a blogger was till last week. boy what a great place to find by looking for home ideas, I will be back and back iam sure. gidgett

  21. I love this idea of painting the chair, it looks so cute. I have a double rocking chair with very dated upholstery and I am going to try painting it before I spend money on reupholstery

    • I figure it’s worth a try–worst case scenario you’ll be out a few dollars and a few hours of your time, best case scenario you’ve saved a fortune on reupholstering. Good luck!

  22. Wow. The transformation of the chair is excellent. Good work. Thanks for sharing this excellent blog.

  23. Wish I would have seen this BEFORE I tore down a nice old chair that needed some help. But it does simplify the color options when looking for fabric – just pick the sturdiest and cheapest and then paint it!

  24. Hi. Your chair is amazing. I am now ready to try this. One question though. Do you spray or brush on the first layer of paint/medium/water mixture.
    Thanks

    • Karen, I used a brush for all of the paint/medium/water. I sprayed the water on using the water bottle, first, then painted with the brush as I added color. Hope that makes sense–let me know if you have any more questions, and good luck!

  25. I just picked up two wingback chairs at a thrift store over the weekend and your blog is the first one that came up when i googled “using fabric paint on upholstery”…. So glad to see how nice your chair turned out. Gives me hope on these two new treasures I found!

    • Hey, Tamara–I’m so glad you found us! Let me know how your chairs turn out. When I think of all the beautiful pieces I’ve passed on over the years, I wish I had known you could paint fabric a long time ago! Thanks for stopping by – Christy

  26. I love the way your chair turned out. I have been trying to decide if I’m brave enough to paint some chairs I have . I am now going to jump in and do it. Thanks for sharing

  27. Doing this today for a antique tufted chaise someone left on the curb 0__0. I did the trim silver and want to do the cushion a antique white/cream. What happens when you sit on it? Does it hold up well? I have a toddler so I am wondering how it is going to hold up .

    • Wow–what a curbside treasure you found! When you sit on it, it’s a little stiff. Not like it’s going to crack, but just like it’s made out of oilcloth or a very heavy fabric. I would think it would be a wonderful choice for a toddler because I’m guessing that spills will just wipe right off!

  28. Very cool… I am painting a set of 6 chairs I’m going to sell in my booth now. I couldn’t afford to recover cause it would have made the chairs unsaleable. This is a great solution and keeps a good old piece of furniture in use. LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the tutorial… that was very helpful!

  29. Wow, I’m totally impressed and might just get up the nerve to try it. :) Thanks for posting with so many great tips.

  30. My chair came out amazing –> http://www.pinterest.com/pin/182114378655505236/ and I can not thank you enough for the inspiration and tutorial. Plus, this was my introduction to Annie Sloan chalk paint – since reading this post a few weeks ago I have painted and revitalized the old chair and painted 3 pieces of furniture and a lamp with AS paint… I’m addicted. Thanks again for your amazing blog! -Jen

  31. How is your chair holding up? Have you tried anything with the wax you all mentioned in these comments? Does the wax come off on clothing or is it absorbed into the paint? I want to save my furniture from my amazingly sweet, cute & young children! I am hoping this can be our solution, but with it being our living room furniture it needs to be comfy too. Thanks for the post!!

    • Britt–I haven’t waxed it, so I can’t answer your questions about that. It’s in a corner of our dining room, and it doesn’t get sat on very much. That being said, it’s holding up great. I don’t think I’d recommend it for a piece you sit on every day, though, like your family room sofa or loveseat. Slipcovers might be your best bet for those!

  32. Christy, your chair turned out lovely. I have a question…the medium is white and when you mix it with the paint it dilutes the paint. For ie. if you mix it with red it would turn out pink, brown into tan etc. Does this affect the color you actually want on your chair? I actually want to do my sofa. It is in excellent condition but very outdated and I’m afraid the color I want will not be the color I get after mixing it.

    • Rachel–while the medium is white, it’s so watery that it doesn’t impact the color very much. However, you do need to apply multiple thin coats for the best result. So if you don’t feel like the color is deep enough, you just put on a few more coats of paint. Good luck with your sofa!

  33. Christy-
    I LOVE how this chair turned out! I have been researching how to paint old furniture and this has really helped. We just moved into a new place that came with a hideous flowered sectional sofa. We thought about getting rid of it and buying a new couch, but we live upstairs and getting it down our very narrow stairwell was going to be tough… aside from that, the sectional is very comfortable. After getting it cleaned, we’re looking for the cheapest way to redo it. Do you suggest your way of the fabric medium and latex paint, or would the SprayItNew spray bottles be a cheaper way?

    • Kelly, I’m not familiar with the spray bottles that you mention, so I can’t really give you a good comparison on cost or effectiveness. I will say that my method still produces a rather stiff fabric, so if they promise that the fabric will remain supple, that might be your best bet for a piece that will get daily use. Hope that helps!

  34. I saw Annie Sloan on HomeTalk painting a chair with her chalk paint & a damp brush. It looked so quick & easy, I decided to try it. I’m just waiting to get my paint. And yes, she said to rub in the wax when the paint was dry to protect the paint & make the fabric more supple! I must also say, I’m so glad I found your site because this is all new to me! Your chair is georgeous, so now I have another option to try! THX for the great info!! I will definitely be following your site from now on!!

  35. Hi Christy. Love the chair! You’ve given me hope for the dining room chairs I recently picked up for a song. Like yours, great bones but not-so-great upholstery. Question: did you have to apply heat to the fabric after painting? A few other blogs mention that they had to either iron the fabric or blast it with a hairdryer. Thank you!

  36. Hi Christy! Great job on your chair! I picked up a not-so-lovely channel back chair at Goodwill and am painting it with cream paint. Question for you: do you continue to spray water on fabric after the first coat? Thank you for posting your tutorial to inspire us! I’ve always had limited funds for decorating and have made my house beautiful with used items. Blessings to you & Merry Christmas! Melody

    • Hi, Melody–yes, I did. I think it helps to thin the coats out more so the fabric doesn’t dry so stiff. Good luck with your chair! I’m with you on the limited funds and used items–but it’s more fun than just going to the store and buying something new and expensive, anyway!

  37. I’m so jealous of your chair! I have been looking for a wingback chair to paint but I love the pattern on yours. You did a beautiful job(:

  38. My mom told me about your blog and I absolutely love it, first of all.
    I love this tutorial, as I have an absolutely hideous hand me down chair (from my mother) and I’m going to attempt to paint it! I only hope it turns out as well as yours!!

    • Thanks so much, Allison (and thank your mom for us, too!)! Let me know how your chair turns out–you can send me a picture through Facebook or Instagram!

  39. Can’t wait to try this! I noticed you said you used an artist brush on the last coat, but what sort did you use on the first couple? Thanks!

    • Heather, I actually used a regular 2″ brush (for latex paint) for all the coats. I used the artist’s brush on the last two coats just to be sure I covered the cording all the way to the edges of the wood, since I didn’t want to get too much gray on the white painted wood. Good luck with your project!

  40. So glad I ran across this! I got a Victorian couch, wood trim, tufted, great lines and details, going to paint but I know I need a lot more paint than you used, I am going to buy paint, what do you recommend to mix with fabric medium: latex? Indoor latex? Not familiar with paints. I want to change it from white to a bright Tiffany blue

  41. the painting job is beautiful….one question. Can you seat on it and how does it feel?

    • Hi, Dee–
      Yes, you can sit on it. It feels a bit stiff, but not as stiff as, say, a naugahyde or pleather restaurant booth. I think it’s a great option for an accent chair, but not your comfy reading chair. I hope that helps!

  42. If this chair were velvet….what would you do different? I have almost the same exact chair but it is orange velvet and I’m not sure how to paint it!

    • Stacy, I can’t really say for sure since I haven’t painted velvet, but I assume you’d just have to be sure to really work the paint into the pile. I believe Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage has painted a velvet chair, so you might head over there and see if she has any tips. Good luck!

  43. This is an inspiring and adorable project! Thanks so much for sharing you beautiful chairs.

  44. Can you paint using regular acrylic paint? What is the “medium” you mentioned? Is it necessary? If I use acrylic paint, can I just thin it water so it will spread easier with a brush or should I use a sponge roller? I have a love seat done in a south-eastern color pattern. I want to make it dark blue. Cotton fabric. I have lots of questions.

    • Doris, the fabric medium keeps the paint from drying so stiffly, so you could certainly skip it if you didn’t mind an extra-crunchy chair. You aren’t going to be painting a chair that you’re planning to sit on every day, anyway, because it just wouldn’t be comfortable. Yes, you can use regular acrylic paint, and I’m sure you can use either a brush or a roller, depending on the particular project. This is the only painted piece that I have done, so this is the only experience I have to share with you, but you have nothing to lose by experimenting a bit. Good luck!

  45. Can you go from a dark fabric to a light coloe?

  46. Kimberly Bruhn says:

    Just came by to see your technique (from Centsational Girl)…and wanted to say that I’ll be right there with you “sniffing the chairs” for funk….my kids get sooo embarrassed so I guess that’s a two-fer! Thanks for the hints…

  47. Hi,
    Great job! I’m wondering about your paint brushes. You mention that for the last two coats you used a painter’s brush to make sure you had coverage for the piping. What type of brush did you use for the first two coats? Is a painter’s brush a regular paint brush?
    Thanks for your time,
    Cathy

    • Cathy–I used an artist’s brush on the piping. An artist’s brush is a very small paint brush, purchased at a craft store rather than a hardware store. I used that to be sure that I didn’t get paint on the white wood trim when I was painting the piping. The regular 2″ painter’s brush that I used for the rest of the project didn’t allow me the control I needed to paint the piping. Hope that helps!

  48. That chair is fabulous!
    I have a few questions, sorry if they’ve already been asked but didn’t have the time to read every single comment. Anyway, I have a corner bench that I picked up from a bar when they were remodeling and years ago had my mother re-upholster it with a beige sort of canvas type material. Silly me to choose something light in color! Haha well since having children it’s got some stubborn stains so I was wondering if you knew if the stains would show through or would the paint hide them? Also, still using the medium, would Martha Stewart’s fabric paint be a good option? I feel like that might be a silly question because I know it would work haha but I mean would it maybe be better than using acrylic?

  49. thank you for the great post! Starting on my first painted upholstery project tomorrow. I hope it looks as good as your chair!

  50. Simply lovely chair!
    If someone was to sit on your chair, have they ever stood up to find paint residue on their clothes. I’d feel awful if I ruined someone’s clothing, especially if they were wearing white :)
    Thank you!

    • Thanks, Janet! Nope–the paint dries after a few hours or days, depending on how many coats you use. If you lean against a wall that’s been freshly painted, you get paint on you. A day (or a week, or a month…) later, you lean against the wall, and you don’t. Hope that helps!

  51. You did an excellent job, and I love how you explained every detail. Your an awesome teacher :) The chair is beautiful I love the color & the bling pops it. I love that you took something old and made it new again. :)

    • Thanks, Anna! It was such a fun project!

      • Elisabeth Parkinson says:

        Christy you have inspired me- I was just researching reupholstery costs/ fabrics. Tell me what type paint did you use to paint the WOOD of the chair? And what type brush you used to paint the fabric- also you wet it first correct?

        • Elisabeth–I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White on the chair (I’m sure regular latex would have done just fine, too). I used a 2″ painter’s brush (Purdy, probably) for the chair, and yes, I sprayed it with water as I was painting. Hope that helps!

  52. jo wyrosdick says:

    I painted some chair cushions using you formula with less water and paint that I had on hand. Folk Art. When we sit on them they “swoosh” in other words they let out air. I thought about using a needle and poking holes around them. Does your cushion do this? What did I do wrong?

    • Jo, I’m not sure if you did anything wrong, but do your cushions have zippers on them? If not, there’s probably no way for air to escape because you’ve sealed the fabric with the paint. If you do have zippers, then unzip them a half inch or so and see if that helps. My seat cushion has a zipper and so it doesn’t swoosh. :) Next time, do thinner coats and you should get a better result. I hope that helps!

  53. hi! your creation is beautiful. i do have a question and i appreciate your time answering. i just put my first coat on my chair and there are some areas that dried a lot darker than others. did you have that problem too and did the extra coats fix that? i would love to know if you have any experience with that. i am not crafty at all and this is really my first project so i am a little clueless to how this all works :) thanks so much!

    • Mara, yes, your first coat will not likely cover it completely–if it did, you wouldn’t need additional coats! It’s better to add multiple thin coats then just one or two thick coats, as your cushions will be too stiff otherwise. Just keep painting until you get the coverage you want. Good luck!

  54. Christy, how did it hold up because it has been a while now? Would really like to know. Thinking about doing outdoor patio cushions…wondering how well that would hold up? Beautiful difference on your chair!

    • Brenda, I think that is a great idea! I was just looking at my outdoor cushions today and thinking about how faded and sad they’re looking. They’re five years old, and even though I cover them, they still have to contend with sun and rain. And, they’re so expensive to replace–hmmm. My chair is in great shape, but it’s in my dining room and doesn’t get used every day. Given the way the cushions feel, though, they’d be water resistant. Let me know if you give it a try, and I might be posting again on outdoor cushions before the end of the summer!

  55. Your chair looks fabulous, love the look with the pillow and drapery is the background.
    I’m contemplating painting my outdoor coushins on my Patio set( A Better Homes and Gardens set ) and Umbrella.Have you ever painted the outdoor material before?

    • Nan, I haven’t, but I plan to. My outdoor cushions are getting very faded. I’ve heard it works quite well–but not sure if anyone’s ever done an umbrella!

      • I’m wondering, guessing that both the underside and top side of the umbrella will have to be done.I believe that I will tackle that 1st. Imagine this coming weekend I will just go for it and see how it turns out.

  56. Dawn Marie says:

    I really enjoyed reading your posts and think you have saved me from buying a new sofa! I have a perfect sofa but for one fact pet hair. We are pet lovers and have always allowed our persian cat and golden retriever to enjoy our home. Our dog has developed a condition that causes significant hair loss and his hair sticks to the sofa and is almost impossible to remove. Even a tape roller will not remove it easily. If painting causes stiffness It may fill the loops that trap his hair. What do you think?

    • I think you are a good dog mom! The only thing I can say is that my cat has been sleeping on my chair and I just vacuum his hair off it it, and it seems to come off more easily than it does on other pieces of furniture. We have two goldens so I can sympathize about the fur! Good luck!

  57. Wow this chair looks amazing! I just purchased a used white glider and ottoman for my nursery. And there are some stains on it. I was going to get it Re upholstered but that’s gonna cost way to much. Do you think I can use the white paint to go over a white chair? Let me know what you think. Thanks so much. Your chair looks absolutely beautiful.

    • Trish, I have seen other bloggers cover very dark or patterned fabrics with light paint, so I think you can do it. Just know going in that you’ll probably need 4-6 thin coats of paint. Good luck!

  58. Melissa says:

    The chair looks divine ;-) I would love to try this on an old armchair I have. I live in Australia & our paints are non latex based! Do you know if this would still work with a non-latex based paint?

    • It depends on what kind, Melissa. I used an acrylic paint on this project and it worked just fine. I think it should be okay as long as it’s water-based…oil-based would NOT work. Hope that helps!

  59. I love this Chair. Beautiful! What a great idea!

  60. Beautiful result. Quite impressive. I’ve been researching painting fabric, and I discovered there’s another product out there, better than the Martha Stewart, because it leaves the upholstery fabric SOFT, not stiff or crunchy. I’ve not bought it yet but all of my online research has yielded nothing but raves about it.

    • Paige–I had read the reviews and priced the fabric spray paints out there before beginning this project, too. But at $10-12 PER CAN, I had to pass. I also wanted the control that using a brush gave me, since I had the wood trim to contend with, and of course I wanted to select the perfect color instead of choosing from a selection of spray paints. I did try a can on my outdoor cushions when I painted those and found the finish to be a little softer than this, but definitely not as soft as the original fabric. One can barely covered one side of a cushion, though. :(

  61. Jennifer says:

    Do you think this product would work going from dark fabric to light? I’m painting chocolate brown piping on a chair to a light tan color.

    Thank you!!

  62. Has anyone tried going lighter with the fabric? I have a navy blue couch that I want to be tan

  63. Hi there! I am not experienced craft person but this sounds like a project I think I can handle. I bought a bench seat new, I love the lines, hate the color. I have two questions for you which I do not believe were answered in the blogs. Question #1 Did you send the fabric 1st? You mentioned something briefly about it but for me it was unclear. Question #2 U am aware that you did not use wax, but if I were to wax the piece, what kind would I use? There are a lot of different kind of waxes out there. And, in your opinion, what would he the best way to apply it? I truly haven’t got a clue. Thank you for you time.

    • Leona–I did not have to sand the fabric. I believe that the other tutorials that I referenced did, though, but they were painted a fabric with a nap (like velvet). As for wax, I’m afraid I can’t really answer that except to say that it should (obviously) be clear wax. Maybe another blogger has written a post on using wax and could offer you some more specific help? Since I didn’t use it, I just don’t feel comfortable making a suggestion. Good luck with your piece!

  64. *sand the fabric 1st

  65. That’s really quite amazing. I would have never thought of painting the upholstery on a chair before.

  66. Would you give me the ratio of paint to textile medium? Did you pour all 8 bottle of medium in a bucket and all the paint? Please advise.

    • Sure, Melanie–here’s the section of the post that will help you:

      “I mixed a 1:1:1 solution of paint, fabric medium, and water and used that for the first coat, since that was what the other ladies recommended. Because my fabric wasn’t as thick and dense, though, it was a little too thin. I mixed my other coats 1:1:1/2 and the lower water content worked much better for me.”

      Hope that helps!

  67. Gail Dolly says:

    I saw the other site today (D in Dallas, I think) and I am simply amazed at you wonderful, creative women! Guess who’s gonna start painting very, very soon? Yep. I don’t think my Yorkies will like it but if Mamma ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy!

  68. Reema @ Uratex Hotel Mattress says:

    The chair is fabulous, I didn’t know that you paint it on your own. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas and tips, I hope to read a lot from you.

  69. I live in Alaska and can’t find the fabric medium. What is your amazon site that I can find it? thank you.

    • Hey Megan–Scroll up through the post, and right underneath the photo that’s labeled “fabric painting supplies” you’ll see a little Amazon box for the fabric medium. Click on it and it will take you directly to the exact kind that I used. I just clicked through and they’re currently sold out, but they will restock, I promise. You can enter your email and they’ll let you know when they get more. I hope that helps!

  70. Hi. I love how your chair turned out.. Its just what I had in mind for painting mine. Question, I see in most of your posts you say the chair is pretty stiff. I just got a free chair just like that and was looking to paint it and sell it. How do you think buyers are going to react to such a stiff chair? Do you think it would be better to just try the reupholstering

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