How to Paint Upholstery Fabric
I found this beautiful settee on craigslist for $75. It has been sitting in someone barn for a very long time and the fabric needed serious cleaning. I could tell from the lightness of the frame that this was a reproduction.
Normally I would reupholster it but knowing I wanted it to be white and with two little girls and three puppies, I knew it was a bad idea. So I decided to paint the fabric and gild the frame.
There are a lot of tutorials on how to paint fabric. It actually is pretty simple. I mixed 50% of Old white with 50% of water. I sprayed the fabric first before painting it. It helped the paint spread better. It took three coats to get the look I wanted. I let it dry 24 hours between each coat. Here is what I learned. The settee has this really pretty embroidery and I realized no matter how many coats of paint I paint, it will still show through. So the smoother fabric will probably work better.
It also feels like leather. So this isn't where I would want to lie down with a good book for hours. This would be a great statement piece. Got fur babies? Keep them away. Now, I got three fur babies and every time they jump on it, I can see their nail marks. It's not that obvious but if you are OCD like me, you WILL see it.
She is a beauty.
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