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How to Paint Upholstery

Yes, you can actually paint upholstered furniture and give a tired piece a brand new look. Learn how, plus what type of paint to use, and the secrets to success.

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Add style to your upholstery fabric with paint that will last, and withstand wear and tear. You'll need, spray bottle with water, green painter's tape, chalk paint for all over color and accent. Brushes for painting and waxing, finishing wax and fine grit sandpaper or sanding block. Tape off any trim that you don't want painted. Run your fingers over the tape to create a good seal. Wet down the fabric with a spray bottle, working in sections. This allows the paint to glide on and soak in easier. Brush on a layer of chalk paint using a swirling motion. Unlike acrylic paint, chalk paint soaks in and dyes the fabric. Let the paint fully dry. Re-spray with water before applying more paint. Add a second and third layer coat if needed, allowing paint to dry between coats. Once fully dried, sand the cushion lightly with fine grit sandpaper, to smooth out the surface. If you're painting on leather or vinyl, you don't need to sand. Wipe away any dust created from sanding. For an extra embellishment, we added a simple stripe, and another color of chalk paint. [MUSIC] Brush on a wax coating to seal the paint. [MUSIC] With this method your upholstery has gone from drab to fab, all in a weekend.