How to Paint Upholstery

Hi there, Leah from Leah Noell Design Co. here!

Have you ever heard of painting fabric? Sounds kinda crazy right? I’ve had this foot stool I grabbed from my Nonna’s house for a hot minute. It’s one of those pieces that have sat in my garage for so long that I had it ready to go out to my trash at least 3 times. For some reason I never let it get to the curb! And I’m sure glad I didn’t!

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This was one of the easiest projects I’ve done! The first thing that surprised me, is you really don’t have to clean the fabric or prep it like you do with furniture. If you wanted to sanitize it you could wipe it down with a Clorox wipe or spray it with Lysol. 

I used Antebellum BlueEvergreen, and Caviar mixed together. I wanted a jewel tone so I just kept tossing colors together until I got this.

To begin, you’ll want to dampen your fabric. You don’t want to get it too wet, just enough to open the fibers so the paint can get in. I use my spray mister and mist it until it is damp to the touch. Then I wet my paint brush and start painting it on! That’s it! Just paint it on! Let it dry over night. Remember, the more water you use the longer it will take to dry so a little goes a long way. 

After it is dry its time to sand it. Sanding it helps soften up the paint. I used a medium grit sanding block. Then I added another coat of paint. I used a thinner coat on the second application.

The last step is to seal it! I used Easy Peasy Spray Wax. Be generous with your application. This is going to give you 2 benefits. One is to soften the paint and make it feel like suede or leather, the second is to protect your work! You don’t want that paint rubbing off onto your jeans!

For more information about this painted piece, go to Leah Noell Design Co. here!

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