Ah — how to paint upholstery. Have you always wanted to try tackling that upholstery painting project? Nervous about even how to begin on how to paint upholstery? We get asked that so often here at MudPaint that we wanted to put together a list. Whether you are wanting to paint upholstery to a chair you are working on, looking to refresh an old canvas footstool or just looking to add some accent brush strokes in your favorite MudPaint color, we are here to help.
It’s probably one of the most popular questions we get, AND one of our largest referrals from Pinterest, so we wanted to lay out again the supplies needed, the steps taken and everything you need to paint upholstery.
It’s easy. Truly! You can do this!
Supplies Needed: 1 Pint or Quart of MudPaint (depending on the size of the piece), 1 Spray Bottle, Water, MudPaint’s Clear Wax, a Mixing Container, Bristle Brush, and Sand Paper (200 grit)
First – Vacuum chair.
Second – Wet upholstery beforehand by misting with a spray bottle of water.
Third – Mix a little bit of water with MudPaint to thin it. Normally, we recommend no more than 1/8th water for each quart, or 1/16th for each pint of MudPaint. Go easy here — not too much!
Fourth – Apply one coat with a bristle brush and allow to dry.
Fifth – If one coat is the look you want, after it is dry, sand, wipe the dust off, and then wax with MudPaint’s clear wax.
Fifth – If a second coat of paint is needed, sand between coats. Make sure to wipe the dust off before applying the second coat. Allow to dry before sanding and waxing.
MudPaint is quite thick and it has terrific adhesion, so you will find that the fabric is a bit tougher and more substantial after applying MudPaint. You’ll notice that it can take on a soft canvas sort of feel.