Painting Fabric on a Chair is Easier Than You Think!

Painting fabric is a game changer when you don't want to spend the time and money with reupholstery. #dododsondesigns #paintedfabric #paintedfurniture #furnituremakeover #bluechair #paintedchair
Painting Fabric on a Chair is Easier Than You Think!

Painting fabric on a chair is easier than you think! So many times, I have passed up a great buy or even a freebie because I didn’t want to tackle the upholstery. Let’s face it, it’s a lot of work and can be rather pricey. Then, after all the work and money you put into the chair, it’s hard to sell it and make a profit. TESTIFY!

So, I thought I would show you a more cost-effective way to repurpose those regal beauties that everyone passes up. Let’s get started!

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Check out a LIVE VIDEO Tutorial below for all the deets!

Painting Fabric On a Chair 101

This chair was a perfect subject for painting. It was clean and still in excellent shape for its age: no structural damage and visible stains on the fabric.

Look what painting fabric did for this chair! #dodsondesigns #paintingfabric #fabricpaint #paintedchair #paintedfurniture

Choosing the Right Color for Painting Fabric

The colors that I chose for my chair were on the darker side. Because the fabric was a light peachy color, I chose to go darker than the fabric. My past experiences with painting fabric are always better to go darker to prevent bleed-through of colors. Example: I would never use white paint over a darker-colored fabric. Trying to paint white over this could result in some of the colors bleeding through.

I used a chalk mineral paint to paint the fabric on this chair. It turned out amazing!

Dixie Belle Paint is highly pigmented, so it’s perfect for fabric. It’s almost like a dye. This mineral-based paint covers like a dream. Below are the products that I used for this project.

Preparing the Fabric for Paint

I started my project by misting the fabric with water. This is an important step that you don’t want to miss. This allows the fibers of the fabric to open and accept the paint. This step is essential. Painting the fabric dry will result in using more paint and cause the fabric to be stiff. Less is more.

Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint is highly pigmented and even when used with water it resembles fabric dye.

*Darker chalk mineral paint colors have more pigment and cover well over lighter fabrics.

I prepared the fabric for paint by misting the fabric with water first. This opens up the fibers in the fabric.

Applying Chalk Mineral Paint to Fabric

Painting fabric is best done with a darker color than the fabric. The darker pigments give better coverage on the fabric.

After painting the fabric and drying overnight, I used a sanding sponge the next day to soft up the fabric. The feel of the fabric after being painted should feel more like suede or soft leather.

Isn't this incredible??? Painting fabric on chairs is a game changer in furniture makeovers.

Adding Gilding Wax

Gilding Wax was applied to the highlighted areas with my fingertips and I used Easy Peasy Spray Wax to seal the painted fabric as well as the wood. Buff with a soft cotton cloth after applying the spray-on wax.

I love the way gilding wax adds depth and character to details on furniture.

Baby’s Got Her Bluejeans on!

Painting fabric is a game changer when you don't want to spend the time and money with re-upholstering.
Painting fabric is a great option when you want to save time and money with your makeovers.
Painting fabric is a great option when you want to save time and money with your makeovers.

This was a fun project, and what could be better than a comfy jean chair. Maybe a SOFA!

CLICK HERE to see how I painted it!

So, what do you think? Would you try painting the fabric on your chair or sofa? I would love to hear what you think about this fun DIY project. Let’s chat about it in the comment section below. Or say hi so I know you were here.

Until the next project… xo Do

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