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How to Paint Fabric with MudPaint Clay Paint

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Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

While MudPaint is commonly viewed as only fit for furniture, this is just not true. MudPaint can be used on a variety of materials, including fabric! If the leather chair you love has worn out leather, or your dining room tables are covered in out-of-date fabric, but you love the bones of these pieces, don’t throw them out – just a quick coat of paint and you will have the piece you love once again!

Click above – or here! – to watch how to paint fabric with MudPaint – this chair only took 2 coats!

MudPaint will cover leather, cotton, burlap, really any material you want.  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 . And it will bring it back to life. With one to two coats of our smooth paint, your piece will be like new – or better! With our selection of different colors in our signature smooth, thick MudPaint, you will be ready to revive your fabric, and turn it into something that you can be proud of. By following these few simple steps, you will have a brand new piece!

Because MudPaint is going on fabric instead of wood furniture, the paint MAY need to be thinned out – or the surface lightly spruced up – so that it will not go on too thick and crack when dried. MudPaint is a naturally thick paint, and this allows our paint to go on smoothly. However, again, just to be safe, water MAY need to be added so that it will dry well.

Supplies Needed:  1 Pint or Quart of MudPaint (depending on the size of the piece) in any MudPaint color, 1 Spray Bottle of water, MudPaint’s Clear Wax, a mixing container, Brush, and one of our Rad Pad Sanding Pads.

Step 1:  MudPaint should go onto a clean surface for best application, so clean and vacuum the fabric to remove dirt and dust. 

Step 2:  Lightly wet upholstery beforehand by lightly misting it with a spray bottle of water. The fabric should be damp, but not soaking. This will help the paint adhere better to the fabric

Step 3:  You may need to add a bit or water to the paint before painting. Some of our paints are thicker than others, but the goal for this project is to have paint the consistency of maple syrup, so use your judgment to achieve this thickness. 

Step 4:  Apply one coat with a  natural bristle brush and allow it to dry. Your first coat might not look the way you want, but don’t worry! Multiple coats on fabric works best. 

Step 5: If your fabric looks the way you want after only one coat, sand your piece, wipe the dust off, and then apply MudPaint’s clear wax. Our was is easy to apply, fast drying, and once buffed to the desired sheen level, provides a depth of finish that will protect your painted piece for years to come!

Step 6:  If a second coat of paint is needed, sand between coats.  Make sure to wipe the dust off before applying the second coat. Apply the second coat like the first and allow it to dry before sanding and waxing.

If you have an old footstool, or a beloved chair that just needs a new look, then you should consider using MudPaint to spruce it up! Watch this video to learn more! 

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