Lessons Learned From Painting Fabric

October 12, 2012

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You all know how I love painting anything and everything. So when I found out about fabric paint, my imagination started running wild!

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We have a king sized headboard that I had custom made about eight years ago. It is still in great shape, but I am so tired of the chocolate brown color:

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I looked into reupholstering the headboard myself but when I heard about the fabric paint and navy was available, I was excited to get started!

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So excited, I did not wait to even take the headboard off of the bed. I had to wait for my husband to help with that and he takes forever! 🙂

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Since I had no real directions, I found the best way was to squirt the paint directly onto the brush for the smoothest application:

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I was amazed that I only used four of the little 4 oz. bottles of paint to cover two coats for the entire headboard! Each bottle was only $3.79 at Michaels.

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It only took me a day to finish, waiting two hours in between coats to dry. Here is the headboard after painting:

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Lessons I learned from painting fabric:

*   For best results, do not paint over dark fabric. It is extremely hard to cover the original color no matter how many coats you paint.

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*   If painting fabric with nap, (a fabric with nap is one what usually has a pile and will look different shades from different angles) such as velvet or velour, avoid painting large surfaces. Because of the nap, the brush strokes are very visible:

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*  Always to sure to paint in one direction so brush marks are minimized.

*  The best fabric to paint for the best results is a light colored cotton or linen:

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Look how nice it came out after only two coats of navy paint:

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Would I have painted my headboard if I knew this information? Probably. I like to try things out myself. Plus, I can still re-cover if I decide.

I hope this has helped you decide if painting your fabric will work well for you. If you have any other questions about it, please let me know!

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13 comments

  1. This looks really good. We are kindred spirits. I would have gone ahead without waiting too. I am longing to paint the table I inherited from my mother but I would have to do the chairs too and then reupholster! Love your suggestions.

  2. I’ve read alot about painting fabric on blogs, websites, etc. I too have thought of doing it but have nothing as a test piece right now for it. But some day I’ll see a thrift store find and do it 🙂

    There are ways to paint fabric with latex paint and a fabric medium that people do and have pretty good results too! I’ve even seen spray painted fabric!

    I like that you just went for it! The finished look (at least on the pic) is sorta strie so it’s cool!

  3. Hi Kelly,
    Thank you for sharing this process! It looks great, and you are very brave!
    Do you think fabric painting would work on a dark brown canvas daybed cover that will be used for frequent seating? Or do you think the navy might rub off on clothing?
    Thank you!

    • Thanks for writing BeachRose. I would not suggest painting fabric that will be sit on often. I would be afraid of it rubbing off on clothes like you stated. I would find a piece of new fabric with navy and cover the daybed cover if possible. Or, maybe you can try and dye the canvas? Check online and see if the would be another option.

  4. I have a headboard that the fabric seems to be faded. It is a silky fabric. The fabric has little seeds, or dots more or less in the fabric. It is all the same color. A light to medium williamsburg blue. I would still want it blue, but maybe a tad darker. Will the paint work well on this fabric. Thanks so much.

    • Yes Sylvia, I think it would be worth a try. The darker blue will be beautiful.I am sure there are many ways to paint fabric today, even Annie Sloane Chalk Paint might work well. I would google ‘painting fabric” and the most recent directions will come up. Good Luck!

  5. I have a headboard that the fabric seems to be faded. It is a silky fabric. The fabric has little seeds, or dots more or less in the fabric. It is all the same color. A light to medium williamsburg blue. I would still want it blue, but maybe a tad darker. Will the paint work well on this fabric. Thanks so much. I love your posting!!!

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