Painting Upholstery

I'd seen lots and lots of before/ afters with painted furniture but just wasn't sure that I could be as good as everyone made it seem. Well, I'm a believer. The new bright color is SO much better than this dirty drab upholstery, and NO sewing or piping fuss. The fabric isn't quite as soft as the original velvet, but it's not a bit stiff. (I probably wouldn't do this for a piece of furniture that I'd be sitting on all day every day like our family room couch, but I will DEFINITELY do this again for more occasional seating.)
Finished product- worth it, right?!
This was the chair before... the fabric choice is important. Any fabric with a pattern in the weave WILL show up under the paint so just be aware of that.
At Charlotte's House
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  • Herlinda Sanchez Herlinda Sanchez on Jul 22, 2014
    I saw a little tear, does the paint cover it, n how long does it take to dry, I found 2 chairs n the cushion are very good, but very dirty , it off white n stripes of light beige,when people seat or drop liquid does the paint stain the clothes, TY
    • At Charlotte's House At Charlotte's House on Jul 22, 2014
      @Herlinda Sanchez It must have been the photo... there were no tears on the chair, but I doubt the paint would cover them. The paint doesn't come off at all when people sit or when you rub the fabric. It's just like a painted wall in that the paint doesn't come off when you touch it!
  • Sandy Tromin Sandy Tromin on Apr 22, 2015
    how much paint, fabric medium etc I need to do a couch front and back?? sice it seems to use about 3 coats. are you talking about a gallon of latex wall paint? or is it some other kind of paint??
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