Painting fabric is a great way to update an old outdated upholstered chair.

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 just 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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Painting Fabric On a Chair 101

Look what painting fabric did for this chair! #dodsondesigns #paintingfabric #fabricpaint #paintedchair #upcycled #repurposed #paintedfurniture #furnituremakeoverThis chair was perfect subject for paint. It was clean and still in really good shape for its age. No structural damage and no visible stains on the fabric.

Choosing the Right Color for Painting Fabric

Look what painting fabric did for this chair! #dodsondesigns #paintingfabric #fabricpaint #paintedchair #upcycled #repurposed #paintedfurniture #furnituremakeoverThe 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. In my past experiences with painting fabric, it’s always better to go darker to prevent bleed through of colors. Example: I would never use a white paint over a darker colored fabric. Trying to paint white over this could possibly result in some of the colors to bleed through.

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

Look what fabric painting did for this chair! #dodsondesigns #paintingfabric #fabricpaint #paintedchair #upcycled #repurposed #paintedfurniture #furnituremakeoverI 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 very important. Painting the fabric dry will use more paint and cause the fabric to be stiff. Less is more. 

Applying Mineral Paint to Fabric

Look what painting fabric did for this chair! #dodsondesigns #paintingfabric #fabricpaint #paintedchair #upcycled #repurposed #paintedfurniture #furnituremakeoverAs you can see how well the paint covers. Check out a LIVE VIDEO Tutorial below for all the deets!

Look what painting fabric did for this chair! #dodsondesigns #paintingfabric #fabricpaint #paintedchair #upcycled #repurposed #paintedfurniture #furnituremakeoverAfter painting the chair and allowing it to dry overnight, I used a sanding sponge from Dixie Belle Paint to soft up the fabric. Wow! It felt like suede. 

Adding Gilding Wax

I love the way gilding wax adds depth and character to details on furniture. #dododsondesigns #paintedfurniture #gildingwax #furnituremakeover #paintingfabric #diyproject #mineralpaintGilding Wax was applied to the highlighted areas and finished with Easy Peasy Spray Wax. 

Baby’s Got Her Bluejeans on!

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 is a great option when you want to save time and money with your makeovers. #dododsondesigns #paintingfabric #paintedfurniture #furnituremakeover #paintedchair #bluechair

Painting fabric is a great option when you want to save time and money with your makeovers. #dododsondesigns #paintingfabric #paintedfurniture #furnituremakeover #paintedchair #bluechairThis was a fun project! Blue jeans will always be my love. But there’s one thing I left out of this vignette. PEARLS! Jeans, pearls and glitter… what could be better? Thanks for hanging out with me today. If you like girly makeovers, you’ll love ⇒ THIS ONE!


Until the next project… xo, Do