I haven’t put together an Ask Tim post in a few weeks so here’s the latest question for my DIY hubby.
Thoughts/tips on painting fabric? I painted a couch because I found it on a do-it-yourself blog and it looks beautiful but feels horrible!
image from Spraypainting.Org.Uk
From Tim: I have never thought about painting furniture! But your question prompted me to do a little investigating, and the key seems to be something called “textile medium.” I would also guess that, if you didn’t use this medium AND you used oil-based paint, your couch probably feels like you’re sitting in a pile of nacho chips. The latex paint would have a less dramatic effect, but a similar problem…the paint is sitting on the surface. My gut tells me that dyeing is the way to go, but, honestly, your question is something I have no experience in. A quick Google search yielded some great results, but you’ve already painted the piece. You have, indeed, stumped the chump!
From Marty: Here’s a post I found about painting fabric which may not be as much use on a piece of furniture. Still worth checking out. Here’s another post about a couch transformation using Simply Spray Upholstery Paint and one using latex satin paint and fabric medium. Here’s a great post on painting upholstered furniture and a velvet chair makeover. Here’s a stunning chair makeover that you’ll want to check out using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Anyone else have questions for my guy? Submit them in the comment section here or on any of the above posts as well as on my facebook page. Thanks so much!