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Adding Fabric to Furniture

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Adding fabric to furniture is easy!  Truly!  So many of our MudPaint customers paint fabric, but others add it to their MudPaint-painted piece of furniture! It’s quite straightforward, very forgiving of mistakes and can add a stunning element to any run-down piece of furniture.  The great thing about painting fabric – just like painting books, lamps, scales, lampshades and even small clocks! – is that it’s easy and inexpensive to do with MudPaint.

learn how to add fabric to wood furniture

First – If furniture is already painted, decide where to apply fabric.  Whether it be the top, a drawer, a side you need to determine what you want to add fabric to.  You can apply fabric directly on top of painted areas.

Second – Next up is to cut fabric large enough to hang off of what you want to cover.  Trying to measure and cut it to exact measurements is difficult.  It is easier to lay a large piece down and trim it after it adheres.

Third – As we continue through the process of adding fabric to furniture, with a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the entire base area you want to add fabric to.

Fourth – Place the fabric straight down on the Mod Podge and smooth it down.

Fifth – Allow ample time to dry. Sometimes as much as 8 hours, depending on humidity, but often 3-5 will do just fine.

Six – after about 15 minutes, test to see if it adhered by pulling gently on an end.

Seven – If it adhered, hold fabric down with your hand and using scissors trim the edges of the fabric.

Step 8:  Apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the edges to ensure they don’t fray.

Thats it!  If you’d like an overview of how to paint fabric itself, with MudPaint — feel free to read this blog post.  Or, if furniture is not already painted, see How to Paint Wood Furniture.

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