I'm the kind of person that loves to paint and I'm willing to paint anything and everything. Nothing is safe from me! Give me some good ole' chalk paint and I will paint no matter what the shape, size, material. I recently discovered that you can easily paint upholstered material quite well.
I was given a set of two chairs that I adored but I hated the fabric. It would have been very expensive to have it professionally reupholstered and too complicated to upholster it myself. So I decided to paint the fabric and, I must admit, it turned out beautiful.
That experience opened my eyes to the world of fabric painting. The possibilities are endless. I recently decided to paint a step stool that I had in my bedroom. I wanted to use it as a display riser in my living room but I no longer liked the fabric. So I got out my trusty chalk paint and paint brushes and went to work.
I have learned that painting on fabric takes up a lot of paint so there is no need to spend huge amounts of money on paint. I use the cheapo chalk paint from Walmart. You can get a fairly large bottle for just a few bucks. It can be found in the crafts department. Also, your paint brush can be of the cheapo variety too. Just go to Walmart or Michaels.
When painting fabric, I usually water down the paint or else the fabric will get very "crunchy". A few coats are required because the fabric absorbs the paint like a hungry baby drinking a bottle. Sometimes the fabric pattern shows through ever so slightly and it creates a beautiful look.
Let each coat dry fully before putting on another coat. When you are finished painting, let the item dry completely.
After it is completely dry, I usually run a sanding block over the item to create a smoother finish. A final dry wipe will remove any paint dust.
I love the way the stool turned out. What do you think?
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