Can I paint upholstered furniture without fabric medium ?

by Bja9516562
I have seen several DIY instructions for painting furniture which added fabric medium to the paint. Can I just use thinned out paint until I get the desired color? Exactly what is the the purpose of the textile fabric medium?

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 16, 2017

    The purpose of the fabric medium is to keep the painted fabric from getting hard, stiff, & scratchy. Thinning the paint will not do that. If you don't want to use fabric medium, then you should buy fabric paint. The fabric medium will save you a lot of money though. There is a diy fabric medium recipe out there but every one that I found had several cautions and it appears that it's not used for furniture. The biggest and most important caution was not to use too much glycerin because it can break down the paint. The issue with the paint is that every manufacturer uses a different formula and you don't know what's in it or how the glycerin will react. BTW, you can buy fabric medium at several craft stores and all of them have great coupons weekly and sometimes daily. I had one yesterday for 60% off a non-sale item and there was another one in my email today. This link just shows the recipe, but I'd say use with caution. Wishing you the best.

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 16, 2017

      I try not to ever shop at a craft store without a coupon or at least a sale price equal to a coupon. You can usually find coupons on their websites. So check before shopping or use a coupon website. I'm not good with those so maybe someone else will pop in and answer that question. You can always try searching with bing or google something like ' coupons store name '. Don't use the '. It's just there to separate out the search term words. Good luck!