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!
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.
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