Asked on Dec 26, 2018

How can you paint a fabric couch?

Linda SikutWilliamKelli L. Milligan


I have a brown living room suite and would like to change it to gray. Where would I start?

4 answers
  • Janice
    on Dec 26, 2018

    Hi Rebecca, Here's some help. Also there are several posts on Hometalk to view as well. Just enter "paint fabric" in the upper left box on the home page and probably many projects will pop up.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Dec 26, 2018

    My friend did this and it looked great but felt awful. She felt it was good for like kitchen or dining room chairs, but not for something you'd want to curl up on and watch tv. Hard, scratchy and somewhat sticky.

  • Linda Sikut
    on Dec 28, 2018

    Hi Rebecca,

    It's harder to go from a brown to a gray but if it's a dark gray, it can be done. The reason Kelli's friend had scratchy results has to do with the amount of fabric medium or lack there off. Most directions tell you to use fabric medium with the paint and also sand each coat. Those two things can make a huge difference in the texture of the final project. Read as many articles as you can to research this project and I'd also suggest going to to look for videos of people doing the actual process. You want to find the ones that specifically talk about the texture of the final project. Take your time and learn how to do it well before you start. Here's a link to some projects. Be sure to watch a lot of them until you're 100% sure exactly what you want to do for success. Wishing you the best.

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