Tips before you start
First step in painting fabric is the selection of the piece. The best option is a piece that has a more decorative function.
Best results are where the fabric is going from being light to dark rather than dark to light.
Fabrics we recommend are cotton blends, linens or silks.
When you are painting fabric it is very important that you work in sections AND that you try to move along at a good speed .Just as when you are painting a wall, you want to keep a “wet edge.” This means that you do not allow the paint to dry if you paint on a dry area it creates “lap marks”.
Look for any sticky residue or anything that is sitting on the fabric that would interfere with the paint adhering.Use a scrubbing brush and some mild detergent to clean these spots off before you begin to paint. If your piece has no spots or stains you can give it a quick vacuum to remove any dust or dirt .
Before you begin painting it is a good idea to tape-off any areas where you do not want paint.
Dip your brush in a cup of water and brush the water onto the fabric.
You want the fabric wet but not saturated. You’re just trying to open the fibres so that the paint will go in and not sit on top like a crust. You only need to do this step with the first coat.
You could also use a spray bottle and lightly mist the fabric instead of brushing it on .
Pour your paint into a separate container then add water, you are essentially making a colour wash. You must apply a light layer of paint if you are too heavy handed it will ultimately work against you and cause the fabric to become very hard and unpleasant.
If you are happy with the results after 1 coat then you can continue to step 5 . If you want to paint another coat then repeat step 3 until you achieve the look you desire.
Allow your first coat to dry for at least 30 minutes before you apply the 2nd coat.
When you have finished and the paint is completely dry you can take your 220-grit sandpaper and lightly sand the painted fabric. This will soften the fabric to perfection! You don’t have to sand between coats of paint, just on the final step. After sanding, be sure to wipe down the surface with a wet rag to remove the dust. The last step is to wax! Lightly wax your fabric the same method as you would wax a piece of furniture.
Its that easy!