Can sun faded upholstery fabric be brought back to life?

by T R
I have a plaid sofa that was sitting in front of the window for an extended amount of time and has faded. Is there any way to fix it?
  11 answers
  • Karin From B'ham Karin From B'ham on Nov 27, 2015
    Although I've never tried it, I'm intrigued by the videos I've seen where people have painted upholstered furniture with chalk-based paints. Even patterned fabrics! Intructional videos are on YouTube. The finished projects look amazing to the point that I'm pretty sure I'll try the technique someday. Search YouTube and google, "how to paint (chairs, sofa, upholstery..etc) with chalk-based paint." Post photos if you do it!

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Nov 27, 2015
    I saw on HT recently where there was a faded chair...white with an open vine/leaf pattern in a blue. They put what looked like a pinkish "wash" on the fabric...??? By the way, get those wide (2") blinds for your windows and turn them slightly up to deflect the sun but still let in light. We face due west and have never had anything fade in 45 years. I get those faux wood blinds (plastic) at Home Depot and have them cut to size. I do not use curtains.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 27, 2015
    There are many fabric paints available for you to use. Check your local Home Improvement stores, Paint stores, or craft stores.

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Nov 27, 2015
    I had a love seat which I recently painted with a beautiful Pewter Grey chalk paint. This was my first attempt at painting upholstery and I am thrilled with how it turned out. The loveseat was gold with a brocade pattern originally.

  • 861650 861650 on Nov 27, 2015
    Check out, "Simply Spray Upholstery Paint." You can google it...lots of information and, videos on youtube. Advise you to read everything you can find on this paint and follow instruction to the letter. Personally, I would practice painting on a piece of fabric before applying to couch...This way, you can learn what NOT to do! LOL!

  • Shira66 Shira66 on Nov 27, 2015
    There are also many beautiful slip covers that you can change over and over as you tire of them and they look great! Good kickball the answers were great!

  • The only thing I can think of is painting it. They say chalk paint works great on upholstery pieces.

  • There is a tutorial below, how to paint upholstery and transform a chair.

  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Nov 29, 2015
    not really, the sun ROTS many fabrics and breaks the fibers down. painting can be a short term solution.. long term would be to recover with a fabric "FADE RESISTANT" or a UV tint on the windows.. also help

  • MN Mom MN Mom on Dec 02, 2015
    Invest in a slipcover made of Sunbrella-style fabric. Expensive but well worth it!

  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Dec 04, 2015
    Before you invest in a new couch/upholstery, make sure you have some type of window treatment to block out the sun.