How to Paint Upholstery


Do you have an old chair laying around with outdated upholstery? Don’t get rid of it yet; give it a fabulous new look with paint! Read on in this post to learn our tips and tricks for how to get started with fabric painting.

In this brand new video tutorial, we’ll show you how to apply paint to fabric upholstery.

Watch this video to see our company co-founder, Rosanne refinishing a chair in our limited edition color, Sunday Tea!

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How To Paint A Fabric Chair | Upholstered Furniture Painting Tutorial
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Step 1) Shake, stir, and pour your paint


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As always with painting, start by shaking your can thoroughly, then opening it up and giving it a stir. To avoid potentially contaminating your entire can of paint, pour some off into a cup for use on your project.

Step 2) Tape the edges


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If you’re painting just one area of your chair or there are accents that you wish to leave as is, use some painter’s tape to protect them.

Step 3) Spray with water


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Before applying your paint, spray down the entire fabric surface with water. It doesn’t need to be soaking wet, just damp. This will help the paint spread more smoothly and help to avoid that crunchy feeling once it dries.

Step 4) Apply your first coat


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Before the water dries, begin applying your first coat of paint. Keep in mind that the tighter the weave, the less paint the will soak into the fabric. If you find that the paint is drying too stiff for your liking, there are fabric mediums on the market which you can mix in with the paint to help soften the feel.

We would advise against trying to paint a very loose weave fabric as it will require a lot of paint to get opaque coverage.

Step 5) Add a second coat if needed


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As you can see in the above picture, the paint will often soak into the fabric while it dries. To achieve a more opaque look, give the first coat about 1 hour to dry, then apply a second coat.

Did you enjoy our video tutorial? Want to know how to finish your fabric painting? Make sure to Subscribe to our channel to get access to all our videos and stay tuned to learn all about waxing fabric!

We would love to hear what projects you’re working on, so make sure to leave a comment or post a picture of your project to our Facebook page or Instagram (@countrychicpaint)!

17 thoughts on “How to Paint Upholstery

  1. I just bought an outdoor couch and chairs with fabric that is in serious need of paint. I have never painted fabric before, but this may be my first attempt!

  2. Love to watch your video very helpful for me. My question is can I used this paint in a sprayer for my furniture if so do I have to dilute the paint before I put in sprayer. I also would like to learn more about I can be a wholesaler for this product.

    1. Hi Irene,

      I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the videos! Our paint can be used in a sprayer but it will depend on the type of sprayer you’re using whether or not you’ll need to dilute it. I would recommend diluting no more than 5%.

      With regards to our wholesale program, we would love for you to fill out an application so we can have a chat with you about your business!

    1. Hi نظافة المسابح,

      I’m so glad to hear you’ve been enjoying our blog! I hope you’ll find some inspirational projects in here.

      Have a wonderful day!

  3. Love the look…I may have to start auction hunting again, just to try this ! I’m fairly new to A.S. paints and just finished my first project with awesome results ! Can give your supplier of French stencils away ?

    1. Hi Klaus,

      Thanks for watching our tutorial! We’re glad you enjoyed it. We didn’t use any stencils for this particular tutorial; are you maybe thinking of a different video?

  4. You mentioned using wax to finish the chair but it wasn’t clear to me if you were putting wax on the seat after the paint dried which I have heard that people do to soften the feel of the paint can you clarify this for me please?

    1. Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for stopping by! For this chair, Rosanne did use Natural Wax to seal the wooden frame of the chair as well as the upholstered seat. You don’t have to use wax on painted fabric, but as you said it can help soften it up more. You can see how she waxed this piece in this video tutorial!

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