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How to Paint a Fabric Chair : A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Paint a Fabric Chair : A Step-by-Step Guide

When it comes to breathing new life into tired furniture, fabric paint is a powerful tool. Whether you're looking to revitalise an old fabric chair or add a personal touch to a new piece, using fabric paint can be a real game-changer. 

In this guide, we'll explore how to paint a chair using fabric paint, ensuring durability, style, and a wow finish.

Can I Paint a Fabric Chair using Fabric Paint?

Absolutely - painting a fabric chair with fabric paint is not only possible but painting it Fabricoat Orange is a popular choice amongst our community. Fabric paint is specially formulated to adhere to fabric surfaces, providing a long-lasting finish that withstands everyday use. Plus, it offers endless colour possibilities, allowing you to unleash your creativity.

Materials You'll Need:

  1. Fabric Chair 
  2. Fabricoat Fabric Paint
  3. Paintbrush or Sponge 
  4. Soft Bristled Brush
  5. Paper Towels
  6. Water

    Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace

    Start by laying down newspaper to protect your work surface from any paint spills or splatters. Make sure you have all your materials within reach for easy access during the painting process.

    Step 2: Clean Your Chair  

    Before painting, it's essential to clean the fabric chair thoroughly to remove any dust, dirt, or debris that could affect the fabric paint application. Be sure to hoover any loose particles, followed by a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the surface. Allow the chair to dry completely before proceeding.

    Step 3: Choose Your Colour

    Decide on the colour you want to use. If you’re changing the colour of your fabric, the original fabric must be a lighter colour than the paint you decide to use. 

    Step 4: Spray with Water

    Always test your fabric for water absorbency first. If it absorbs water, Fabricoat will work. Now dampen the chair fabric with water to help the painting process. 

    Step 5: Start Painting

    Now it's time to unleash your creativity. Shake the bottle well and pour into a bowl. We do suggest you test in an unseen area first to check the fabric is fully absorbent. 

    Dip your paintbrush into the fabric paint and start applying it to the chair, working in small sections to ensure even coverage. Take your time and work carefully to avoid smudges or mistakes.

    Step 6: Let it Dry

    To ensure even coverage, brush with a soft bristled brush in all directions while the paint is drying. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats and after you've finished painting. 

    Your chair will be touch dry within 24 hours; depending on the type of fabric paint and the thickness of your coats we do suggest a full seven days to fully cure. Be patient, as rushing this step could result in smudges or uneven coverage. To keep the fabric soft, brush again once completely dry.

    Step 7: Sit back and admire your work

    Once the paint is fully dry, your fabric chair is ready to take centre stage. Whether it's a bold statement piece or a subtle accent, your painted chair is sure to be a conversation starter and a reflection of your style.

    Grab your paintbrushes and let the makeover begin. 

    Check out our range of colours and tools to help you get started on your Fabricoat journey.

     Chair transformation from @thelittlelawnsod