How can I paint a dog bed?
I have a dog bed, that I’d like to paint the fabric cover. See attached pic. It’s the kind that has a mattress and a bolster around the sides and back. I’ll only paint the sides and bottom of cover - it’s microfiber material. I’ll leave the fuzzy fleece (the part the dog sleeps on) unpainted. It’ll be two-toned dog bed. It’s two-toned now, I want to change the blue color to a med dark gray.Two questions, first, do I take the mattress and bolster out to paint the fabric cover? It’s seems like if I dont remove them, when I wet the fabric and use the medium and paint, it would cause fabric to stick to the mattress and bolster. Normally, I think you’d paint an upholstered item, and wouldn’t have to worry about the padding underneath. However since this is a dog bed, I do need to remove the cover to wash it regularly. Do I remove the cover prior to painting? In some ways I think it would be easier to paint if I left the bolster/mattress inside, but not if it would stick to the cover when I need to wash it!Second question, I’ve read that I can heat treat the paint to dry it and that will make it machine washable. Again, it’s a dog bed that gets washed 3-4 times per yr. Has anyone had any experience with heat treating painted fabric so the paint won’t come out during the wash? The instructions said to use a hair dryer or the clothes dryer to heat set. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks all!